Paul Wheelock column: Given time Bowyer’s Rovers can challenge

Paul Wheelock: Given time  Bowyer’s Rovers can challenge for title

Paul Wheelock: Given time Bowyer’s Rovers can challenge for title

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Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

"ONE of the biggest jobs when you take over a club is to get rid of the rubbish. The players who don’t have any value, whether that’s financially or to the team. That is the hardest job of any manager these days to offload the players you don’t want.

“I still keep being reminded of how much money we have spent but I don’t remember spending a lot since I’ve been here. We have improved the squad, trimmed it down and we are a better side because of it.”

They are not the words of Rovers boss Gary Bowyer – although they easily could be – but of Nigel Pearson, the man who has just led Leicester to automatic promotion, and they come from a national newspaper article that has been doing the rounds in the corridors of power at Ewood Park this week.

In it Pearson stresses that the success the Foxes have enjoyed this season should not be taken in isolation, that it is the result of the work that has gone in his two-and-a-half-years in charge.

No wonder the article has struck such a chord at Ewood as Rovers find themselves at a similar juncture to the one that Leicester were at when they re-appointed Pearson in November 2011.

That is a club trying to shift its expensive deadwood while at the same time attempting to build a new team capable of winning promotion, on a budget that is removed from the wild excesses of the summer of 2012 when £30,000-a-week contracts were handed out like confetti.

And whatever happens between now and the end of this season – which suddenly, on the back of back-to-back wins, is very much alive – there is no question that Rovers have made progress on that front.

Yes there is still a lot more to be done and it will only be when the likes of Dickson Etuhu, Leon Best and DJ Campbell are off the wage bill that the dark financial clouds that continue to hover ominously over the club will lift further.

But rays of sunshine have begun to break through.

Anyone who had the pleasure of watching Rovers sweep aside QPR on Tuesday night would testify to that.

Take Jordan Rhodes and Paul Robinson out of the equation and that was a team that cost around £900,000, the combined price of Tom Cairney, Craig Conway and Rudy Gestede.

Rovers played with no little verve, energy and ambition and proved without doubt they have the seeds of a good side in place.

But for those seeds to grow patience is required.

It worked at Leicester and it must be given a chance to work here.

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4:09pm Thu 10 Apr 14

look.up.blackburn. says...

You clowns are going nowhere!
You clowns are going nowhere! look.up.blackburn.
  • Score: -25

4:15pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Harwoodstblue says...

It will work. Bowyer's doing a fine job and taking his time to build a team capable of winning promotion but more importantly, staying there.
I fancy Leicester to do reasonably well next season as their team hasn't been 'thrown together' but built over a season or two and that can make a huge difference for newcomers to the Prem. Also he'll obviously strengthen an already good team
Taking a leaf out of Pearson's book would do Bowyer no harm at all.
All the hype about the play offs is all well and good but can anyone honestly say that at the moment we are equipped for the Premiership yet?
It will work. Bowyer's doing a fine job and taking his time to build a team capable of winning promotion but more importantly, staying there. I fancy Leicester to do reasonably well next season as their team hasn't been 'thrown together' but built over a season or two and that can make a huge difference for newcomers to the Prem. Also he'll obviously strengthen an already good team Taking a leaf out of Pearson's book would do Bowyer no harm at all. All the hype about the play offs is all well and good but can anyone honestly say that at the moment we are equipped for the Premiership yet? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 16

4:57pm Thu 10 Apr 14

A Darener says...

look.up.blackburn. wrote:
You clowns are going nowhere!
As opposed to you lot who are going on a round trip.
[quote][p][bold]look.up.blackburn.[/bold] wrote: You clowns are going nowhere![/p][/quote]As opposed to you lot who are going on a round trip. A Darener
  • Score: 18

7:38pm Thu 10 Apr 14

RoversNorthEast says...

Burnley Fans when your club gets its ticket to the Prem....remember to ask for a return.
Burnley Fans when your club gets its ticket to the Prem....remember to ask for a return. RoversNorthEast
  • Score: 8

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