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4 February 2011, 10:10
The Executive Chairman of Blackburn Rovers, John Williams, has stepped down following 14 years of service to the Premier League club.
Williams joined the club in 1997 as Chief Executive and has held the position of Executive Chairman since 2005.
His departure is the second high profile exit since the Lancashire outfit were taken over by the Indian based Venkys group last November. Manager Sam Allardyce left in December.
Williams told the Blackburn website "no doubt this is a new dawn for the club." However he went on to say that with a "new way of doing things the time is right for me to move on."
Managing Director Tom Finn, speaking on behalf of the club, said "we would like to thank John for the contribution he has made during his tenure and we send him the best wishes for the future."
Blackburn are currently ninth in the Premier League.