Paul Wheelock: Bowyer deserves so much more than this

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer Gary Bowyer

OH to be a Blackburn Rovers fan. Today we should still be reflecting on what was a hugely positive weekend for the club.

Instead we are digesting the news that has put Rovers back on the front pages of national newspapers for all the wrong reasons.

DJ Campbell’s alleged spot-fixing has taken the shine off Saturday’s excellent draw at QPR and diminished the excitement of being paired with former Premier League rivals Manchester City in Sunday’s draw for the FA Cup third round.

And the news comes at a time when the club is attempting to show the rest of the country that, after a campaign of a chaos, it is now a more stable proposition.

While the allegations concern Campbell as an individual, they must surely grate and disappoint those at Rovers who are determined to put the club back on the right track.

Not least boss Gary Bowyer.

Since being appointed Rovers’ permanent manager in May he more than anymore has brought some much needed positivity back to Ewood Park.

Yes there have been times when even someone as upbeat as Bowyer has not been able to get away from the negatives that surround the club and, which in some cases, are the club’s own making.

But while he would have expected to answer questions, for example, on the club’s concerning accounts for last season, he could never have predicted that one of his own players would be caught up in the scandal that has rocked English football.

The fact that Bowyer played Campbell against QPR just hours before his arrest is testament to that.

Bowyer, quite understandably, was keeping his counsel yesterday.

But now that Campbell has been released on bail, Bowyer along with all Rovers fans need to know what happens next.

Does Campbell return to training and will he be involved against Millwall on Saturday? Or is he facing a club suspension while the investigation continues?

Answers to these questions are needed fast as the longer they remain unanswered they will continue to cast a large and unwelcome shadow.

Answers to these questions are needed fast as the longer they remain unanswered they will continue to cast a large and unwelcome shadow.

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3:13pm Tue 10 Dec 13

portolibero says...

I don't think this reflects badly on Rovers.

It reflects badly on a sole individual who should be suspended without pay, until he is proved innocent or guilty, at which point the appropriate action will be taken.

I'm sure I'm not alone in being totally disgusted by the allegations, but until we know the facts we have to move onwards & upwards and make sure DJ Campbell comes nowhere near Brockhall or Ewood until then.
I don't think this reflects badly on Rovers. It reflects badly on a sole individual who should be suspended without pay, until he is proved innocent or guilty, at which point the appropriate action will be taken. I'm sure I'm not alone in being totally disgusted by the allegations, but until we know the facts we have to move onwards & upwards and make sure DJ Campbell comes nowhere near Brockhall or Ewood until then. portolibero

3:30pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Harwoodstblue says...

Why did the LT allow comments on the previous article and then suddenly remove them. Everyone knows that the charges are "Alleged" at this stage. Make your mind up LT
Why did the LT allow comments on the previous article and then suddenly remove them. Everyone knows that the charges are "Alleged" at this stage. Make your mind up LT Harwoodstblue

3:37pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Harwoodstblue says...

portolibero wrote:
I don't think this reflects badly on Rovers.

It reflects badly on a sole individual who should be suspended without pay, until he is proved innocent or guilty, at which point the appropriate action will be taken.

I'm sure I'm not alone in being totally disgusted by the allegations, but until we know the facts we have to move onwards & upwards and make sure DJ Campbell comes nowhere near Brockhall or Ewood until then.
I agree it's not the clubs fault that they 'allegedly' have a greedy millionaire footballer on their books who seemingly can't 'make ends meet'. Neither is it the fault of the other clubs who are unfortunately involved. I do feel sorry for Bowyer though as he could have done without this.
[quote][p][bold]portolibero[/bold] wrote: I don't think this reflects badly on Rovers. It reflects badly on a sole individual who should be suspended without pay, until he is proved innocent or guilty, at which point the appropriate action will be taken. I'm sure I'm not alone in being totally disgusted by the allegations, but until we know the facts we have to move onwards & upwards and make sure DJ Campbell comes nowhere near Brockhall or Ewood until then.[/p][/quote]I agree it's not the clubs fault that they 'allegedly' have a greedy millionaire footballer on their books who seemingly can't 'make ends meet'. Neither is it the fault of the other clubs who are unfortunately involved. I do feel sorry for Bowyer though as he could have done without this. Harwoodstblue

3:43pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Rishton1946 says...

A HUGELY POSITIVE WEEKEND ??????????
WHERE ?????
A HUGELY POSITIVE WEEKEND ?????????? WHERE ????? Rishton1946

3:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

bburnrover says...

What about is sending off against Blackpool the club got fined a few grand for that and so did Blackpool and he apparently mates with some of the 'Pool players?
Lucky Hanley wasn't one of them after costing us the game against Wigan.
What about is sending off against Blackpool the club got fined a few grand for that and so did Blackpool and he apparently mates with some of the 'Pool players? Lucky Hanley wasn't one of them after costing us the game against Wigan. bburnrover

4:50pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Pooloflife says...

Whatever the eventual outcome Campbell should be suspended and told to stay away from the rest of the squad.It does not reflect badly on the club but is a sad consequence of the way our game is going.
Whatever the eventual outcome Campbell should be suspended and told to stay away from the rest of the squad.It does not reflect badly on the club but is a sad consequence of the way our game is going. Pooloflife

4:52pm Tue 10 Dec 13

passingfootball says...

People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts
People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts passingfootball

5:02pm Tue 10 Dec 13

jack01 says...

I agree that this isn't something that should reflect badly on Blackburn Rovers or Gary Bowyer. These allegations concern one individual who has made a handful of cameo appearances for the club since he joined. Whether he is found guilty or not Campbell is on borrowed time at the club. He wasn't a Bowyer signing, he was signed in January by Appleton with it becoming a permanent deal in the summer. Since he joined he has shown nothing other than a couple of promising pre-season performances to suggest he is worth his massive Championship wages. I imagine that Bowyer was actively looking to get shut of him anyway, along with Best and Etuhu, as the last remnants of last season's debacle.
I agree that this isn't something that should reflect badly on Blackburn Rovers or Gary Bowyer. These allegations concern one individual who has made a handful of cameo appearances for the club since he joined. Whether he is found guilty or not Campbell is on borrowed time at the club. He wasn't a Bowyer signing, he was signed in January by Appleton with it becoming a permanent deal in the summer. Since he joined he has shown nothing other than a couple of promising pre-season performances to suggest he is worth his massive Championship wages. I imagine that Bowyer was actively looking to get shut of him anyway, along with Best and Etuhu, as the last remnants of last season's debacle. jack01

5:11pm Tue 10 Dec 13

dallydally says...

Suspend without pay - simples. In any other walk of life that would happen. If innocent he could be financially recompensed with back pay of the wages. My concern is more about who we play; with this guy and that clown Best we are getting thin on the ground to say the least
Suspend without pay - simples. In any other walk of life that would happen. If innocent he could be financially recompensed with back pay of the wages. My concern is more about who we play; with this guy and that clown Best we are getting thin on the ground to say the least dallydally

5:18pm Tue 10 Dec 13

owd nick says...

passingfootball wrote:
People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts
In most cases it isn't a point of condemning him, the simple fact is that he has been arrested and released on bail for a criminal act, namely an accusation of being paid to get a yellow card in the game against Ipswich.

Unless Rovers are 100% certain that he didn't do this there is no way that he can be allowed to be anywhere near Rovers until the accusations are dropped or he has been charged, tried and proven not guilty in a court of law.

If Rovers don't move quickly they will leave themselves open to ridicule (haven't we had enough of that?) or even worse appearing to condone something that is abhorrent to most people.
[quote][p][bold]passingfootball[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts[/p][/quote]In most cases it isn't a point of condemning him, the simple fact is that he has been arrested and released on bail for a criminal act, namely an accusation of being paid to get a yellow card in the game against Ipswich. Unless Rovers are 100% certain that he didn't do this there is no way that he can be allowed to be anywhere near Rovers until the accusations are dropped or he has been charged, tried and proven not guilty in a court of law. If Rovers don't move quickly they will leave themselves open to ridicule (haven't we had enough of that?) or even worse appearing to condone something that is abhorrent to most people. owd nick

5:44pm Tue 10 Dec 13

dangerous dave says...

owd nick wrote:
passingfootball wrote:
People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts
In most cases it isn't a point of condemning him, the simple fact is that he has been arrested and released on bail for a criminal act, namely an accusation of being paid to get a yellow card in the game against Ipswich.

Unless Rovers are 100% certain that he didn't do this there is no way that he can be allowed to be anywhere near Rovers until the accusations are dropped or he has been charged, tried and proven not guilty in a court of law.

If Rovers don't move quickly they will leave themselves open to ridicule (haven't we had enough of that?) or even worse appearing to condone something that is abhorrent to most people.
totally agree - the chap has been arrested and bailed so the Management at Blackburn should be decisive for once and suspend him at least pending further investigations - the least the club can do is stand up against this sort of allegation and show the fans it means business for once and put some pride back into the club of which it is sadly lacking.
OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]passingfootball[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts[/p][/quote]In most cases it isn't a point of condemning him, the simple fact is that he has been arrested and released on bail for a criminal act, namely an accusation of being paid to get a yellow card in the game against Ipswich. Unless Rovers are 100% certain that he didn't do this there is no way that he can be allowed to be anywhere near Rovers until the accusations are dropped or he has been charged, tried and proven not guilty in a court of law. If Rovers don't move quickly they will leave themselves open to ridicule (haven't we had enough of that?) or even worse appearing to condone something that is abhorrent to most people.[/p][/quote]totally agree - the chap has been arrested and bailed so the Management at Blackburn should be decisive for once and suspend him at least pending further investigations - the least the club can do is stand up against this sort of allegation and show the fans it means business for once and put some pride back into the club of which it is sadly lacking. OUT WITH THE COWBOYS AND INDIANS dangerous dave

5:48pm Tue 10 Dec 13

mushypeaman says...

Sent off within minutes of coming on against Blackpool. Booked on Saturday against Q.P.R for a very poor challenge within minutes of coming on, plus other booking. Almost has more bookings than minutes on the pitch. Just makes me wonder if he is still at it. Allegedly!.
One thing is certain he is not earning his high wages at Rovers.
Sent off within minutes of coming on against Blackpool. Booked on Saturday against Q.P.R for a very poor challenge within minutes of coming on, plus other booking. Almost has more bookings than minutes on the pitch. Just makes me wonder if he is still at it. Allegedly!. One thing is certain he is not earning his high wages at Rovers. mushypeaman

6:07pm Tue 10 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

Rishton1946 wrote:
A HUGELY POSITIVE WEEKEND ??????????
WHERE ?????
In the minds of Rovers fans Rishton!

In their little world it's still 1995 and all is rosy. Little do they know what's waiting for them 15 years down the line !!!
[quote][p][bold]Rishton1946[/bold] wrote: A HUGELY POSITIVE WEEKEND ?????????? WHERE ?????[/p][/quote]In the minds of Rovers fans Rishton! In their little world it's still 1995 and all is rosy. Little do they know what's waiting for them 15 years down the line !!! You're not mugging me off that easily

6:12pm Tue 10 Dec 13

You're not mugging me off that easily says...

passingfootball wrote:
People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts
DJ Campbell himself posting on the LT !!!
[quote][p][bold]passingfootball[/bold] wrote: People shouldnt be too hasty in condemning him, without knowing the whole story, we have yet to hear the other side, the same people jumping on his back and saying disparaging things, will be made to eat their words later on if he is innocent, they will regret what they said because they hadnt verified the facts[/p][/quote]DJ Campbell himself posting on the LT !!! You're not mugging me off that easily

6:52pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Bazzer says...

You're not mugging me off that easily wrote:
Rishton1946 wrote:
A HUGELY POSITIVE WEEKEND ??????????
WHERE ?????
In the minds of Rovers fans Rishton!

In their little world it's still 1995 and all is rosy. Little do they know what's waiting for them 15 years down the line !!!
15 months more like!
[quote][p][bold]You're not mugging me off that easily[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Rishton1946[/bold] wrote: A HUGELY POSITIVE WEEKEND ?????????? WHERE ?????[/p][/quote]In the minds of Rovers fans Rishton! In their little world it's still 1995 and all is rosy. Little do they know what's waiting for them 15 years down the line !!![/p][/quote]15 months more like! Bazzer

10:19pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Blolburn Roflers says...

I genuinely don't know where this bloke gets all this self indulgent, hard done by nonsense.

Yes, it might be a bit far fetched to foresee he might get enbroiled in a match fixing scandal, but for gods sake, he is known throughout the game as having serious question marks over his character and attitude. He was always going to do something to drag Rovers already tarnished reputation through the mud.

I dont actually think its his fault, as ultimately its just the actions of yet another mouthbreathing imbecile of a footballer. You should be looking towards whoever authorised this transfer, as obviously nobody bothered making sure he was a right fit for the club as they did with Best, costing Rovers the thick end of 60k a week for little in return.

Not sure what the Wheelock characters angle is. He had the bare faced cheek to call QPR an 'expensively put together side'.

Surely Rovers are fed up of the hard luck and 'on another day' spiel perpetuated by Mr Wheelock and the club, and just want someone to talk honestly and without the 'so hard done by' doctrine?

If I was from Blackburn I would burgle my neighbour for some garden shears so I could tear my hair out quicker.
I genuinely don't know where this bloke gets all this self indulgent, hard done by nonsense. Yes, it might be a bit far fetched to foresee he might get enbroiled in a match fixing scandal, but for gods sake, he is known throughout the game as having serious question marks over his character and attitude. He was always going to do something to drag Rovers already tarnished reputation through the mud. I dont actually think its his fault, as ultimately its just the actions of yet another mouthbreathing imbecile of a footballer. You should be looking towards whoever authorised this transfer, as obviously nobody bothered making sure he was a right fit for the club as they did with Best, costing Rovers the thick end of 60k a week for little in return. Not sure what the Wheelock characters angle is. He had the bare faced cheek to call QPR an 'expensively put together side'. Surely Rovers are fed up of the hard luck and 'on another day' spiel perpetuated by Mr Wheelock and the club, and just want someone to talk honestly and without the 'so hard done by' doctrine? If I was from Blackburn I would burgle my neighbour for some garden shears so I could tear my hair out quicker. Blolburn Roflers

10:55pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Hairboy says...

Regardless of whether this was an intended, match-fixing booking, or just a clumsy challenge, the only comprehensive answer is to restrict the types of bets that can be placed legally.

If the only bets you could place legally involved scoring/results, then it would require at least a couple of players from a team - and probably some individuals on the other team too - to be in on the match-fixing.... which is far less likely to occur than a simple one-man yellow-card incident.

If this "special" sports betting was driven underground, the cash involved would be much less, meaning that there was much less incentive for players to make a poor judgement and become involved.
Regardless of whether this was an intended, match-fixing booking, or just a clumsy challenge, the only comprehensive answer is to restrict the types of bets that can be placed legally. If the only bets you could place legally involved scoring/results, then it would require at least a couple of players from a team - and probably some individuals on the other team too - to be in on the match-fixing.... which is far less likely to occur than a simple one-man yellow-card incident. If this "special" sports betting was driven underground, the cash involved would be much less, meaning that there was much less incentive for players to make a poor judgement and become involved. Hairboy

9:56am Wed 11 Dec 13

cruzy_cruz says...

Positive Weekend?

It was a 0-0 draw

How the club, and journalistic standards, have plummeted
Positive Weekend? It was a 0-0 draw How the club, and journalistic standards, have plummeted cruzy_cruz

11:03am Wed 11 Dec 13

barlickmafia says...

Are you lot dreaming? i know you are desoerate to get DJ Campbell off the books. His wage is massive!! However you cannot just suspend somebody without pay. This is an allegation. It could be completely unfounded so why should he lose his wage because of a malicious rumour?

He should however come out publicly and offer to be suspended without pay. fight to clear his name and then claim his huge wage back!! He is taking Rovers for a ride like most of the squad to be honest. I for one speaking as a Burnley fan am shocked at how bad things are getting at Ewood!!
Are you lot dreaming? i know you are desoerate to get DJ Campbell off the books. His wage is massive!! However you cannot just suspend somebody without pay. This is an allegation. It could be completely unfounded so why should he lose his wage because of a malicious rumour? He should however come out publicly and offer to be suspended without pay. fight to clear his name and then claim his huge wage back!! He is taking Rovers for a ride like most of the squad to be honest. I for one speaking as a Burnley fan am shocked at how bad things are getting at Ewood!! barlickmafia

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