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What are your expectations for Rovers for the rest of the season?

THE play-offs are a very tall order yet there are still plenty of games left to pick up points.

But now there’s no expectation I hope the team can relax and enjoy their football, as a team without pressure can often be very difficult to play against. Many would regard it as a disappointing season without a promotion push yet considering the dire straits we were in last year, I give tremendous credit to Gary Bowyer for reducing the wage bill, reducing the age and improving the quality of the squad, and also our league position.

Kelvin Wilkins

I THINK we now have a chance to assemble a side capable of promotion next season and finish as high as possible.

The promise that is evident in the young side must be nurtured by the fans as well as the management.

Some of the crowd turned on the side as soon as Burnley equalised in the derby and that carried on into the Bournemouth game. Yes Rovers were wretched but it hardly helped matters.

Rovers can now play free of play-off expectation and perhaps build momentum that continues into 2014-15.

Simon Smith

I FULLY expect Rovers to finish mid-table so my pre-season thoughts have not changed.

The team is not experienced, consistent or creative enough to realistically challenge the top teams in the division despite the 19 players signed by Mr Bowyer.

The manager still has a lot to learn. He is not as tactically astute as he needs to be and still doesn’t know his best team.

Hopefully with time and some quality additions to an unbalanced squad the Rovers team will mature and become a force to be reckoned with.

Paul Yates

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7:45pm Thu 20 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Gary Bowyer and his team

Team GB

I don't trust them to take us forward unfortunately

Poor tactically evidenced by a woeful midfield and Right Backs most of the season
Poor pre season and early season purchases all agreed by his coaching team who are now nowhere to be seen or out on loan

Total disregard for shoring up defensive weaknesses but continued to purchase Right Left sided attacking players

Never has got his head around the key player required to play 10. He has tried all manner of players there.

Still doesn't know who best to play there.

I have not once seen our team comprehensively press a side for gaining the ball back but content to sit deep and allow teams to constantly come at us

I could go on - Yet we are entrusting our progress in such a coaching team

Sorry but I don't think so personally.
Total lack of
Gary Bowyer and his team Team GB I don't trust them to take us forward unfortunately Poor tactically evidenced by a woeful midfield and Right Backs most of the season Poor pre season and early season purchases all agreed by his coaching team who are now nowhere to be seen or out on loan Total disregard for shoring up defensive weaknesses but continued to purchase Right Left sided attacking players Never has got his head around the key player required to play 10. He has tried all manner of players there. Still doesn't know who best to play there. I have not once seen our team comprehensively press a side for gaining the ball back but content to sit deep and allow teams to constantly come at us I could go on - Yet we are entrusting our progress in such a coaching team Sorry but I don't think so personally. Total lack of MattNewcastle
  • Score: 0

10:26pm Thu 20 Mar 14

stick to football says...

Mid table is realistic - lets hope we play attacking entertaining football not sitting back if we go 1 0 up - Rovers fans are due some entertainment from own team surely especially as we are clear ogf the relegation places
Mid table is realistic - lets hope we play attacking entertaining football not sitting back if we go 1 0 up - Rovers fans are due some entertainment from own team surely especially as we are clear ogf the relegation places stick to football
  • Score: 7

11:14pm Thu 20 Mar 14

M.DANNY says...

Sorry Gary Bowyer is not the right man ,he has no experience in management of a football club.
If Rovers had an experience manager , Rovers would have been top six in the Championship Table.
You don't get a rookie to fix your plumbing you get an experience man to mend a leak in your plumbing.
This was mess Venkys bought on this club by appointing Steve Kean as Manager.Now they appointed a rookie as Rover's Manager will finish about mid-table.
Sorry Gary Bowyer is not the right man ,he has no experience in management of a football club. If Rovers had an experience manager , Rovers would have been top six in the Championship Table. You don't get a rookie to fix your plumbing you get an experience man to mend a leak in your plumbing. This was mess Venkys bought on this club by appointing Steve Kean as Manager.Now they appointed a rookie as Rover's Manager will finish about mid-table. M.DANNY
  • Score: 2

2:09am Fri 21 Mar 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

There is no doubt an opportunity has been missed this season with the way GB has set his teams up, granted the injury jinx has not helped. with all the turmoil that went on peviously, it became essential to stabilise the club for a while and lay down the foundations for a promotion push and to a large extent he has been sucessful. Apart from his original flourish of signings he has felt he could not use and then loaned them out, he has since signed some very good championship players at no money or bargain prices and in my opinion apart from a couple of new signings still required he has assembled a squad of players providing they are managed properly that will be capable of a promotion push next season. Since he has also had to ship a lot of players out and taking into acount that it is his first year of management he deserves onother go next season. S.D. had a similar season last year at Burnley therefore it won't be imposible for GB to do the same next season but he will have to change his approach otherwise if he dishes out more of the same with his tatics next season, then you would imagine that it will be time to bring in an experienced manager at Christmas to pick up the mantle and take the club forward towards a promotion push.
There is no doubt an opportunity has been missed this season with the way GB has set his teams up, granted the injury jinx has not helped. with all the turmoil that went on peviously, it became essential to stabilise the club for a while and lay down the foundations for a promotion push and to a large extent he has been sucessful. Apart from his original flourish of signings he has felt he could not use and then loaned them out, he has since signed some very good championship players at no money or bargain prices and in my opinion apart from a couple of new signings still required he has assembled a squad of players providing they are managed properly that will be capable of a promotion push next season. Since he has also had to ship a lot of players out and taking into acount that it is his first year of management he deserves onother go next season. S.D. had a similar season last year at Burnley therefore it won't be imposible for GB to do the same next season but he will have to change his approach otherwise if he dishes out more of the same with his tatics next season, then you would imagine that it will be time to bring in an experienced manager at Christmas to pick up the mantle and take the club forward towards a promotion push. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 4

7:18am Fri 21 Mar 14

Captain Dreckley says...

Most Rovers fans have been disappointed this season that we haven't been challenging for automatic promotion, let alone the play-offs but lets take a reality check and look at where we were 12 months ago. We were in chaos, facing relegation, a string of failed managers and talking about a significant number of so called senior players in the squad who should never wear the shirt again. Bit different this time around, we have got rid of a hell of a lot of dead wood and the attack and midfield are looking a real recipe for goals. Defence is our major problem as that is also a recipe for goals, but conceded! Right back is a real problem, I think we could have done worse than give our old Aussie mate, Lucas, till the end of the season and at centre half we are struggling without Dann but Spurr has been well worth the money. Robbo has done well too and we are actually getting some value on the park for his salary. People, me included, have had a pop at Bowyer over his tactics and there is no doubt that he has got it badly wrong on far too many occasions this season and has cost us dearly. I think it is unfair to compare him to Kean as, what he is assembling in respect of a squad is impressive and has the ability to deliver, he is also an honest and decent chap. Getting the squad to deliver is a different matter. GB is very new to management and is learning, the majority of managers don't learn the trade at a club like Blackburn. As much as it pains me to admit it, we only have to look 8 miles down the M65 to see what impact a good manager can have on a group of players and Dyche, without doubt, is championship manager of the season with what he has achieved with that squad. I would love to see Venkys bring in a mentor to support GB's development (and I don't mean "the snake"). There are plenty of very experienced managers about who probably don't want the full time pressure of a first team managers job cutting into their pundit work who could help Gary. In summary, we are in much better shape than last year and, with some strengthening in key areas we will be much better equipped to challenge for promotion next season. We need to look back at where we were a year ago and remember Rome wasn't built in a day and get behind the team and enjoy the rest of the season.
Most Rovers fans have been disappointed this season that we haven't been challenging for automatic promotion, let alone the play-offs but lets take a reality check and look at where we were 12 months ago. We were in chaos, facing relegation, a string of failed managers and talking about a significant number of so called senior players in the squad who should never wear the shirt again. Bit different this time around, we have got rid of a hell of a lot of dead wood and the attack and midfield are looking a real recipe for goals. Defence is our major problem as that is also a recipe for goals, but conceded! Right back is a real problem, I think we could have done worse than give our old Aussie mate, Lucas, till the end of the season and at centre half we are struggling without Dann but Spurr has been well worth the money. Robbo has done well too and we are actually getting some value on the park for his salary. People, me included, have had a pop at Bowyer over his tactics and there is no doubt that he has got it badly wrong on far too many occasions this season and has cost us dearly. I think it is unfair to compare him to Kean as, what he is assembling in respect of a squad is impressive and has the ability to deliver, he is also an honest and decent chap. Getting the squad to deliver is a different matter. GB is very new to management and is learning, the majority of managers don't learn the trade at a club like Blackburn. As much as it pains me to admit it, we only have to look 8 miles down the M65 to see what impact a good manager can have on a group of players and Dyche, without doubt, is championship manager of the season with what he has achieved with that squad. I would love to see Venkys bring in a mentor to support GB's development (and I don't mean "the snake"). There are plenty of very experienced managers about who probably don't want the full time pressure of a first team managers job cutting into their pundit work who could help Gary. In summary, we are in much better shape than last year and, with some strengthening in key areas we will be much better equipped to challenge for promotion next season. We need to look back at where we were a year ago and remember Rome wasn't built in a day and get behind the team and enjoy the rest of the season. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 6

7:35am Fri 21 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

At the start of the season I said Top 10 at Christmas would be a successful start to turning the club around. To finish the season in the top 8 is now my target to consider GB has had a good season.
His tactics and substitutions can be frustrating to watch but a more stable team will bring some consistency and the confidence to be bolder. He's quickly overhauled a large squad and been very unlucky with injuries. I would hate to see the hard work thrown away by a decline over the last third that leads to more upheaval in the summer.
At the start of the season I said Top 10 at Christmas would be a successful start to turning the club around. To finish the season in the top 8 is now my target to consider GB has had a good season. His tactics and substitutions can be frustrating to watch but a more stable team will bring some consistency and the confidence to be bolder. He's quickly overhauled a large squad and been very unlucky with injuries. I would hate to see the hard work thrown away by a decline over the last third that leads to more upheaval in the summer. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

12:34pm Fri 21 Mar 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

We are what we are and where we are. Mid table safety will do after last season's farce. As for next season we will also miss out unless we sort out the usual problems in defence but more importantly where ever are we going to find someone to score 10-15 goals from midfield. We surely can not rely on Rhodes to core more than his usual 20-25 and While I like Gestede he and Rhodes do not look compatible.
Sort these out and we might, just might put in a decent challenge. the question is can we find these missing links. More importantly can we afford.
If it means the free bees recently signed I would play the youngsters and stay in mid table.
We are what we are and where we are. Mid table safety will do after last season's farce. As for next season we will also miss out unless we sort out the usual problems in defence but more importantly where ever are we going to find someone to score 10-15 goals from midfield. We surely can not rely on Rhodes to core more than his usual 20-25 and While I like Gestede he and Rhodes do not look compatible. Sort these out and we might, just might put in a decent challenge. the question is can we find these missing links. More importantly can we afford. If it means the free bees recently signed I would play the youngsters and stay in mid table. Ronaldpetercooper
  • Score: 2

2:22pm Fri 21 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

Ronaldpetercooper wrote:
We are what we are and where we are. Mid table safety will do after last season's farce. As for next season we will also miss out unless we sort out the usual problems in defence but more importantly where ever are we going to find someone to score 10-15 goals from midfield. We surely can not rely on Rhodes to core more than his usual 20-25 and While I like Gestede he and Rhodes do not look compatible.
Sort these out and we might, just might put in a decent challenge. the question is can we find these missing links. More importantly can we afford.
If it means the free bees recently signed I would play the youngsters and stay in mid table.
Conway, Cairney, Marshall, Evans, get a settled midfield and these could all contribute, maybe 2o goals between them, but they have to be confident and playing on the front foot.

One thing very noticeable about Bournemouth was that as soon as they got within 30 yds they were looking to shoot, not playing around trying to walk it in. If it goes in row z now and again it doesn't matter, some of our players look like they don't want to risk getting grief from the crowd at times.
[quote][p][bold]Ronaldpetercooper[/bold] wrote: We are what we are and where we are. Mid table safety will do after last season's farce. As for next season we will also miss out unless we sort out the usual problems in defence but more importantly where ever are we going to find someone to score 10-15 goals from midfield. We surely can not rely on Rhodes to core more than his usual 20-25 and While I like Gestede he and Rhodes do not look compatible. Sort these out and we might, just might put in a decent challenge. the question is can we find these missing links. More importantly can we afford. If it means the free bees recently signed I would play the youngsters and stay in mid table.[/p][/quote]Conway, Cairney, Marshall, Evans, get a settled midfield and these could all contribute, maybe 2o goals between them, but they have to be confident and playing on the front foot. One thing very noticeable about Bournemouth was that as soon as they got within 30 yds they were looking to shoot, not playing around trying to walk it in. If it goes in row z now and again it doesn't matter, some of our players look like they don't want to risk getting grief from the crowd at times. greenscreener
  • Score: 3

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