Owen Coyle has pleaded with Blackburn’s supporters to stay with the team.

The Rovers fans have been sick for years as the Venky’s have dragged the club down to the brink of League One.

The Blackburn owners have been the subject of much vitriol and now the Blackburn Manager has been getting stick recently.

An official Lancashire Police Statement (read it HERE) has revealed that they are expecting as many Newcastle supporters as Blackburn ones this afternoon.

Whilst Blackburn fans have a protest march pre-match today from the Town Hall to Ewood Park and then a planned sit-in protest after the final whistle.

Owen Coyle says that whatever supporters think of him or the owners, they need to ‘come and back the team’.

The last two home crowds at Ewood Park have been 10,982 when Reading visited and 9,976 against Brighton, which suggests the Blackburn boss is fighting an uphill battle in getting support for his team.

Owen Coyle:

“What I said after the game was that if you (Blackburn fans) don’t like the owners, or the manager or this and that, then that’s an opinion.

“No one has an issue with that.

“What my point was that if you go home and away come and support the team, that’s what I said. I have said that consistently.

“If people want to construe other things from that, ultimately it’s up to them. All I have ever said is, come and back the team.

“I said the other day that a large section of supporters came and backed the team and I’ve said that consistently.

“If people want to take umbrage with that then ultimately that’s up to them but that was not my point.

“My point was come and support the team, get behind the players, and if you’re not happy with one or two things then that’s fine, but always keep backing the players.

“I’ve said that from day one, so if people have something else to think about that, then that’s up to them.”