Former Blackburn Rovers defender Michel Salgado has claimed that a second successive relegation for the club would be fatal. Blackburn are currently fighting against relegation this season, which is incredible considering that they were one of the favourites for being promoted back to the Premier league at the start of the campaign. The club has changed four managers over the course of the season and there has been widespread concern about the way the club has been run by the Indian owners. Salgado, who played for the club for a few years, has said that the club simply cannot afford being in League One.

Blackburn are just one place among the relegation zone and they will be facing Huddersfield during the weekend. Salgado is widely known for his spell with Spanish club Real Madrid, with whom he won major titles including the Champions League. Parachute payments are the major source of income for Blackburn right now with the club set to receive around £ 30 million over the course of the next three years. Even though this may seem substantial enough, this is a huge cut from the revenues when the club was in the Premier league. Salgado has retired from football and he is doing punditry work around the world.

“Relegation would be really lethal for the club. Economically, it would be really tough to take. The summer is a crucial time to make a lot of decisions and turn things around. The most important thing right now is they stay up. It is the only chance to keep the club in good condition. After staying up I want someone making sense for the first time in a long time and getting Blackburn Rovers back to where they belong. What I never understood was the owners,” said Salgado in a recent interview.