Championship club Blackburn Rovers have reported that a pound;16.8m net loss because of their 2017-18 League One promotion season.

The Lancashire side spent 187 percent of these pound;9m turnover on wages – which fell by 24% – by taxpayers Venky’s injecting £14m to hold the club afloat.

Overall, Blackburn’s Indian owners are pound & owed;108m in loans, with spent a further £147m in stocks since buying the then Premier League club at 2010.

They ended second in League One final season under manager Tony Mowbray to come back to the Championship at the first attempt.

Wigan – that finished as winners – last month published net losses of pound;7.7m for the same period, whereas fellow Championship side Bolton have this been given two weeks to pay an outstanding £1.2m tax statement.

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