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Fazackerley: Rhodes can only get better

JORDAN Rhodes’ prolifics in front of goal have already seen a few in the game draw comparisons between him and Blackburn Rovers’ scoring great Alan Shearer.

The likeness may be a little premature for the 23-year-old but, having scored 68 goals in his last 78 games for club and country, it is no surprise Rhodes’ reputation is growing by the minute.

Shearer, Tommy Briggs, Simon Garner, Jack Southworth, to name but a few. Rovers fans through the ages have had their fair share of natural finishers gracing Ewood Park and Rhodes’ career exploits to date suggest he has the potential to join them.

Rhodes knows a goal against his former club Ipswich tomorrow will see him join an elite band of Rovers players who have scored in seven consecutive league games, having joined Shearer, Bryan Douglas, George Jones, Briggs, Daniel Hurst and William Davies in bagging six in a row last weekend.

Only Southworth, Ted Harper and Eddie Quigley have achieved the magic seven in a row as Rhodes looks to boost Rovers’ play-off hopes and grab himself a place in the record books at the same time.

One man already guaranteed a place in any Rovers hall of fameinsists Rhodes’ potential was there for all to see from an early age and predicts he has all the attributes to continue his rapid rise.

Derek Fazackerley, Rovers’ record appearance maker having played 674 matches between 1969-87, was a coach at Barnsley when Rhodes was in their youth set up as a 10-year-old.

A few years later he was reunited with the striker at Huddersfield.

Fazackerley, now first team coach at Birmingham City, said: “I have known Jordan for a long time now and am I surprised to see him scoring goals on such a regular basis? No, not at all.

“He has done it wherever he has been. Even when he was a young lad at Barnsley he was a goal scoring striker, he did it throughout his junior career and continued into his senior career.”

Rhodes’ scoring exploits speak for themselves. He has already scored 18 goals in 26 Championship matches for the club, taking his league career tally to 102 in just 185 matches.

He has unsurprisingly quickly emerged as a fans favourite since his £8million switch from Huddersfield this season.

“Many people thought Rovers had paid over the odds for Rhodes,” said Fazackerley. “They probably did as well, but you have to get the real goal scorers to your club.

“He seems to be unfazed by the price tag and I’m not that surprised because he has always been the kind of lad not to be affected by things.

“Jordan is a fantastic lad and a top class professional. I am sure he has the ambition and talent to one day play in the Premier League. “He will have ambitions to get there with Blackburn Rovers but if they don’t in the next 18 months or so, I’m sure you will get bigger clubs knocking on the door.”

The irony of Rhodes’ success over the past few years won’t have been lost on Ipswich fans, with tomorrow’s visitors having deemed him surplus to requirements in 2009.

Then manager Roy Keane opted to sell Rhodes to Huddersfield for in the region of £350,000 and his goals have made the Tractor Boys regret it ever since.

Ipswich’s departing chief executive Simon Clegg, who left Portman Road this week, said: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing and with the benefit of that, yes, we would have kept him.

“Jordan has done incredibly well in League One and the Championship since leaving Ipswich and I hope he looks back on his time at Ipswich with fond memories.”

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11:18am Fri 8 Feb 13

French Rover says...

Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.
Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job. French Rover
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1:23pm Fri 8 Feb 13

RoverTheHill says...

French Rover wrote:
Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.
Maybe because he's a coach not a manager? Granted we were being linked with Sherwood amongst others who were coaches, but there's a bit of a difference between a coach at Tottenham and a coach at Birmingham......
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.[/p][/quote]Maybe because he's a coach not a manager? Granted we were being linked with Sherwood amongst others who were coaches, but there's a bit of a difference between a coach at Tottenham and a coach at Birmingham...... RoverTheHill
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2:30pm Fri 8 Feb 13

MxMave says...

RoverTheHill wrote:
French Rover wrote:
Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.
Maybe because he's a coach not a manager? Granted we were being linked with Sherwood amongst others who were coaches, but there's a bit of a difference between a coach at Tottenham and a coach at Birmingham......
Steve Kean, Henning Berg, Appleton... the list goes on. Non of them are fully fledged managers. Appleton's been a manager since 2011 - hardly Mr Experience.
[quote][p][bold]RoverTheHill[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.[/p][/quote]Maybe because he's a coach not a manager? Granted we were being linked with Sherwood amongst others who were coaches, but there's a bit of a difference between a coach at Tottenham and a coach at Birmingham......[/p][/quote]Steve Kean, Henning Berg, Appleton... the list goes on. Non of them are fully fledged managers. Appleton's been a manager since 2011 - hardly Mr Experience. MxMave
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2:39pm Fri 8 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

now theres a name bryan douglas, lf rhodes is going to emulate greatness,,he has his work cut out, hes on the right track,,but he has such a long way to go,,,if we can keep him,,and that is going to be very very hard in deed,,ask huddersfield town,
now theres a name bryan douglas, lf rhodes is going to emulate greatness,,he has his work cut out, hes on the right track,,but he has such a long way to go,,,if we can keep him,,and that is going to be very very hard in deed,,ask huddersfield town, noddy57
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2:42pm Fri 8 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

French Rover wrote:
Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.
now theres a name bryan douglas, lf rhodes is going to emulate greatness,,he has his work cut out, hes on the right track,,but he has such a long way to go,,,if we can keep him,,and that is going to be very very hard in deed,,ask huddersfield town,
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.[/p][/quote]now theres a name bryan douglas, lf rhodes is going to emulate greatness,,he has his work cut out, hes on the right track,,but he has such a long way to go,,,if we can keep him,,and that is going to be very very hard in deed,,ask huddersfield town, noddy57
  • Score: 0

2:50pm Fri 8 Feb 13

noddy57 says...

French Rover wrote:
Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.
thats not a bad shout,,derek is one of my all time rovers favourite,,him and keeley were just outstanding as central defenders,, and whatever you say about him as an excellent coach ,,it does beg the question ,would he have made a quality manager ? going off some of the guys we have had recently l would suggest purely from the mans passion for his old club l would have said deffinately worth a shout,
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.[/p][/quote]thats not a bad shout,,derek is one of my all time rovers favourite,,him and keeley were just outstanding as central defenders,, and whatever you say about him as an excellent coach ,,it does beg the question ,would he have made a quality manager ? going off some of the guys we have had recently l would suggest purely from the mans passion for his old club l would have said deffinately worth a shout, noddy57
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12:53am Sat 9 Feb 13

greenscreener says...

French Rover wrote:
Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.
Probably because Shebby Singhs entire knowledge of Rovers comes from a football annual he got for christmas in 1996 and Faz wasn't mentioned.
[quote][p][bold]French Rover[/bold] wrote: Why was Faz never mentioned as a possible candidate as Rovers manager when almost everyone in the footballing world was being named as potentials..? He would have been miles better than the majority who were linked with the job.[/p][/quote]Probably because Shebby Singhs entire knowledge of Rovers comes from a football annual he got for christmas in 1996 and Faz wasn't mentioned. greenscreener
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