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    greenscreener wrote:
    owd nick wrote:
    Key sentence from the article above;

    “We had and we still have players who are on big money who are not in the team so we've had to make settlements and bring new players in."

    Looks like Rovers are looking to take the financial hit this season if they can't move the six on any other way.

    Shaw normally doesn't say a lot but from this article alone it shows he is now expecting an embargo in January so it makes sense to try to come to an arrangement with these players to move them on one way or the other, and it's pretty clear that he thinks a lot more clubs will suffer the same fate

    As I have said before I think FFP will kill the transfer system that is often the lifeblood of clubs at the lower levels, so many clubs will be facing an embargo that they won't be able to offload players because no-one can buy them.
    That's an interesting point, if it all goes ahead and results in a stagnant market it will probably take 2 or 3 years to drive all the current longer term contracts out. Maybe then you will likely find most clubs outside the
    Premiership only really offering players a standard 12 months rolling deal.
    I feel it will drive a lot of clubs out of business as well or back into the semi professional fold, either or won't be good for football in this country.

    I have given this an awful lot of thought over the last twelve months or so, I can see Division 1 downwards being restructured into regional leagues simply because the surviving clubs won't be able to afford anything else under FFP.

    The top six, maybe up to ten current Premier League clubs will break away into a franchised European Super League, along the lines of the current Rugby Union restructuring.

    That leaves the rest of the PL, the Championship clubs and the top handful of Division 1 clubs forming a restructured PL and Championship, possibly franchised.

    Sadly if this comes to fruition, and it is only a thought experiment, clubs like ours will never have the chance to play Man U, Man C, Liverpool, Arsenal, Spurs or a couple of other clubs you care to choose again.

    That is of course unless we allow them to set up their Reserve Team league as is being proposed.

    Think about it, the "fine" (sic) imposed on Man City would probably keep Accrington Stanley going for 10 years, It isn't even pocket money to City, they will recoup that in no time."
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Rovers boss Bowyer going nowhere, says Shaw

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

First published in Sport
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BLACKBURN Rovers say there is no need to offer Gary Bowyer a new contract after the manager reiterated his commitment to the club.

Bowyer was linked with the vacancy at Leeds United at the weekend after guiding Rovers to eighth place in the Championship during the 2013/14 campaign.

But Rovers insist they have had no approach from Leeds and their new Italian owner Massimo Cellino, and are not worried about losing their manager.

Bowyer yesterday issued a statement confirming he was ‘fully committed to building on the foundations put in place over the past 12 months’.

Bowyer signed a 12-month rolling contract when he was appointed as permanent boss last summer and, unmoved by the Leeds links, managing director Derek Shaw says there is no need for talk about a new deal.

“That would be more with discussions with the owners, that type of decision isn’t mine, but I don’t think we’ve ever really looked into that whatsoever,” he said.

“Gary is happy and we’re happy.

“Even when you have a three-year deal or a six-year deal there is normally a period of settlement, which is usually 12 months or 18 months.

“It doesn’t make a massive difference, 12 months’ compensation would have to be paid of settlement, which is usually 12 months or 18 months.

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“It doesn’t make a massive difference, 12 months’ compensation would have to be paid by any club who wanted to take him and I don’t really know whether the likes of Leeds United are in that position.

“But we don’t really want to go there, we’re quite happy with our manager. We’ve had no contact at Blackburn Rovers over Gary and I very much doubt that we will do.

“I’d be amazed if the next manager of Leeds United isn’t an Italian coach. I’m sure that’s the way they will go.”

Bowyer said: “I recently met with the owners in India and those discussions were both positive and constructive.

“I am fully committed to building on the foundations we have put in place over the past 12 months.

“There is a strong sense of unity with all concerned at Blackburn Rovers and I look forward to that continuing as we plan for next season.”

Bowyer is currently working on assembling his squad for next season and yesterday allowed Alan Judge (below) to join Brentford for an undisclosed fee, with the midfielder signing a three-year deal at Griffin Park after a successful loan spell in the capital.

Judge told the Lancashire Telegraph last week that he wanted to play regular football next season.

“I have no doubts that he will make a significant impact in the Championship,” said Brentford boss Mark Warburton.

“There is no doubt that many clubs were seeking his services.”

Rovers recently transfer listed six players as they attempt to fall into line with the Football League’s financial fair player regulations, but Shaw says those regulations could make it difficult to find buyers.

He expects that Rovers will be unable to reduce their wage bill sufficiently to avoid a transfer embargo when the new rules kick in on January 1.

“I would be surprised if we can do that in time for January,” Shaw said.

“It’s a difficult market at the moment because even if they have the money, owners are being forced into much tighter budgets because of the fair play rules, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

“We had and we still have players who are on big money who are not in the team so we’ve had to make settlements and bring new players in.

“We’ve gone a long way down that road, but there’s still a long way to go.”

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