Blackburn Rovers apply for Intertoto Cup

Blackburn Rovers have applied to enter the UEFA Intertoto Cup - but chairman John Williams is hoping the club won't have to go down that route into European competition.

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Mark Hughes side headed into the summer tournament last season after finishing the Premier League season as the highest placed team to have entered the competition.

But Mr Williams said that even though Rovers had applied, he hoped they could go into one of the European competitions as of right.

He told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We have applied for the Intertoto Cup. We entered it last season and we've never regretted it.

"It gave us an excellent start to the pre-season and although we didn't qualify for the group stages of the UEFA Cup, it gave us a route into Europe.

"However, we would like to think we can qualify for the UEFA Cup as of right.

"There's 13 games to go, six at home and seven away, and we're fourth in the form table behind the league's top three teams, and we're two points outside the UEFA Cup places.

"We're hoping to take as many points as we can to try and qualify for Europe through our league position.

"But, if not, we have entered the Intertoto Cup. This is the last time we will be able to qualify via this route as it will close after next season."

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