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No hard feelings over Spearing, says Blackburn Rovers boss
10:00am Saturday 31st August 2013 in Sport
GARY Bowyer says there are no hard feelings over Jay Spearing’s decision to turn to down a move to Ewood Park – as the midfielder prepares to face Blackburn Rovers this afternoon.
Rovers had a bid accepted by Liverpool for Spearing this summer but turned their attentions elsewhere after being unable to agree personal terms with the 24-year-old.
Sources indicated at the time that Spearing was keen on staying in the Premier League, but soon afterwards he joined Bolton Wanderers on a permanent basis after a successful loan spell at the Reebok Stadium last season.
Now Spearing is due to line up for Bolton against Rovers at Ewood Park today, but Bowyer says the situation is history as far as he is concerned.
“He’s a good player and we were interested but he chose to join Bolton and that’s it,” said the Rovers boss.
“There is a line drawn under that as a result and we’ve just to concentrate on us.
“We put our offer in I think before Bolton but that was the lad’s choice, so good luck to him after today.”
The Bolton match is the first of eight Lancashire derbies for Rovers this season.
They travel to Burnley in their next game on September 14, and will also take on Wigan and Blackpool this term.
Bowyer arranged a pre-season friendly against Preston in July in preparation for this season’s derby games, which he believes will be important in how Rovers fare during the campaign as a whole.
“For us as a staff and as a team it’s about getting three points, but we understand the rivalry connected with the fans,” Bowyer said about today’s match.
“It’s the first of many north west derbies so it will be interesting to see how all clubs in the north west cope with that because it is a different game.
“There are so many in this league this season so will it be a positive or a negative?
“We’ve just got to make sure we stamp our authority on the game.
“You will always have that little bit extra so it is about how we handle that but the most important thing is to focus on the process of playing the game and concentrating on what we do well.”
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