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  • "
    roverstid wrote:
    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Harwoodstblue wrote:
    It's going to be sooooo funny..........
    It already is sooooo funny!

    We beat you.
    We went up.
    We stopped you from sneaking a play-off spot.

    I've not stopped laughing since!

    And it's going to get sooooo much better too.

    Watching you clowns desperately trying to fend off FFP while your players are being sold left right and centre to reduce those horrific losses as you slide ever closer to the Championship trapdoor, administration, and a future in the lower leagues.

    Venky's profits are dropping at an alarming rate, down 42% in the last quarter! No doubt something will have to give. So you have to ask yourself a question... do you feel lucky?
    Actually very much so.

    Look at it this way. Dyche leaves, Ings invariably follows - Turd More up the turd creek without a paddle.

    Rhodes leaves - Chances of promotion lessened unless another prolific striker found - not impossible.

    Venkys leave... leave what? Their debts in India are written against Venkys inc not Rovers or even Venkys London.

    Guess which of these scenarios are more likely and - more worrying?
    Sadly you're wrong again on all counts.

    Sean Dyche is managing a Premier League club, he loves it here and has no intention of leaving. As recently reported.

    Danny Ings is under contract at a Premier League club, he loves it here and has no intention of leaving. As recently reported.

    Should either leave in the future then we have the pull of being a Premier League club, debt free, with money in the bank and so can attract high quality replacements. Unlike yourselves.

    Rhodes leaves and you will struggle, that is a fact. Rhodes goals have kept you in the Championship for two seasons running. Without him you would now be a League One club heading for administration. You are filling your pants at the thought of losing him, and rightly so. It would be a complete, unmitigated disaster. Venky's can no longer spend money on transfer fee's and big contracts, so effectively Varney will be Rhodes replacement, and if that's not a scary thought I don't know what is!

    "Blackburn Rovers is a 99.99 per cent subsidiary of Venky’s London Limited. Blackburn Rovers accounts for the vast majority of the group’s trading and the report says the owners will require “significant funding” as part of their cash flow forecast, especially with Financial Fair Play due to come into effect."

    Basically, the parent company Venkateshwara Hatcheries Pvt Ltd continues to finance Rovers where necessary in order for Venky’s London to continue to trade. Should this funding be withdrawn then Blackburn Rovers is no more.

    If that was the case with my club I would be VERY worried indeed, but thankfully it isn't and Burnley FC can look forward to a future in the Premier League."
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Douglas: Bring in playmaker to help Rhodes

Lancashire Telegraph: Douglas: Bring in playmaker to help Rhodes Douglas: Bring in playmaker to help Rhodes

BRYAN Douglas has urged Blackburn Rovers to bring in a playmaker to offer more support to Jordan Rhodes next season – as speculation over the striker’s future reignited once more.

Rhodes has been Rovers’ top scorer for the past two seasons and Norwich City have become the latest club to be linked with a potential move for the 24-year-old.

Rovers see Rhodes as an integral part of their plans for the 2014/15 campaign and would not welcome any approach for their star man.

Boss Gary Bowyer brought in Rudy Gestede to partner Rhodes up front in the second half of the 2013/14 season but club legend Douglas believes the striker still needs more help from central midfield if Rovers are to become the attacking force required for promotion.

“I’d like to see more support for him,” Douglas said.

“Jordan did well for Huddersfield and he’s done remarkably well for us.

“He is a predator but he’s not a Shearer, he can’t hold the ball up in the middle of the field by himself.

“He got a bit of support later on in the season (with Gestede), but having done that I think they need a playmaker.

“I like Tom Cairney, he can beat one or two people, but we need somebody who is going to cause some problems in the opposition’s third. We don’t have anyone at the moment to get near the penalty area.

“David Dunn sets a great example, I know David and although he’s from Great Harwood he’s Blackburn through and through.

“But he’s not getting any younger and I said to him that when he plays he’s flying about doing other people’s jobs at times.”

Norwich could be in the market for a big money striker this summer after reports that Gary Hooper wants to leave the club following their relegation from the Premier League. Ricky van Wolfswinkel could also be sold.

That would give the Canaries cash to spend on a replacement, with speculation that they could test the water with an approach for Rhodes.

But it would still take a huge bid to make Rovers soften even slightly on their long-held stance that Rhodes is not for sale.

Rovers finished eighth in the Championship table during 2013/14 and Douglas believes they can take inspiration from their fierce East Lancashire rivals Burnley, who gained promotion.

But he says they must also tighten up defensively to push for the Premier League.

“We’ve got to do what Burnley have done, we’ve got to get up there and stay up there and treat every game as a cup tie,” Douglas said.

“Make no mistake they’re a good side and thoroughly deserved to go up.

“I was disappointed that Rovers gave away too many goals from corners and free kicks, bad defensive mistakes.

“We did improve, I didn’t see the Wigan match because I was on holiday and I believe it was a great match, but we still conceded three goals at home.

“I want them to address sloppy goals being given away.

“We were a bit better towards the end of the season but I still think we need more.”

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