Paul Wheelock column: Gary Bowyer right to hit back at Doncaster owner

Hitting back - Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer

Hitting back - Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer

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GOOD on Gary Bowyer for hitting back at Doncaster owner John Ryan over his comments that Chris Brown has penned a £10,000 per week deal at Blackburn Rovers.

Not only are the comments, to quote Bowyer, ‘unwelcome and inaccurate’, they are also unhelpful and untimely.

Untimely to the club because it gives the impression that Rovers are paying over the odds for players when, in fact, they are going to have to be more careful than ever with their cash given the arrival of Financial Fair Play.

And unhelpful to the player because it only serves to pile pressure on his, admittedly broad, shoulders.

Strapping striker Brown, on first impression, has not been signed to go straight into Bowyer’s starting line up.

It was understandable, then, that Ryan’s comments led some Rovers fans to question why their club was sanctioning a five-figure weekly contract for a player who is likely to start the season as back-up to Rudy Gestede.

But that’s the thing; Brown isn’t on, as Ryan said, ’10 grand a week’. He’s on less than that – and that’s why Bowyer was right to put the record straight.

Will the Rovers manager’s decision to make the 6ft 3in frontman his first signing of the summer also prove correct?

Only time will tell.

But you would not bet against it given Bowyer’s canny dealings in the market in the past.

There was similar apprehension surrounding the arrival of the likes of Tommy Spurr, Tom Cairney and Gestede – and look at how they turned out.

And it should not be forgotten how big an impact injuries had on Rovers’ season last time out.

What would happen if Gestede was forced to spend time on the sidelines? It would be a major blow, undoubtedly.

But at least Rovers now have a replacement in the shape of Brown.

And it is clear that Bowyer and his coaching team have decided the way to get the best out of prolific top scorer Jordan Rhodes is to pair him with a big man.

Not that Bowyer will allow his other strikers to get away without chipping in with their fair share of goals.

And, watching the smile break across Brown’s face on Monday after he was told of Craig Conway’s crossing ability, it was clear he is confident of getting them.

Doncaster owner Ryan is too.

That’s why he did his best to soften the blow for his club’s supporters, having just seen their player of the year leave, by suggesting it took a £10,000 per week contract to tempt Brown away.

But if you are going to play that game you have to be ready for the comeback.

And Bowyer got his response spot-on.

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9:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

steralc says...

You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed steralc
  • Score: -30

9:27pm Thu 26 Jun 14

owd nick says...

Excellent article, totally agree with every aspect.
Excellent article, totally agree with every aspect. owd nick
  • Score: 18

10:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv says...

steralc wrote:
You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
htaerb tar ffo kcuf
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed[/p][/quote]htaerb tar ffo kcuf more bans than ray - brfc lxxv
  • Score: 21

11:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

MatthewCA says...

keep walking high, GB's selection of players are productive and improving and other club's did not tell outside those payroll sheets when they cannot offer good salary to a star player in this open transfer pool.

We trust his decision to select the suitable player to maintain ROVERS shape to win matches - The best selection was Tommy Spurr, Cainey, Conway and Gestede. Improverd player is Chriss Taylor and Eastwood.

Two quality defenders are must to show the ruthless defense to keep the match in our hand at the final minutes. If we look at our last season we lost 5 match's in the dyeing minutes. hope this is taken care with new additional players.
keep walking high, GB's selection of players are productive and improving and other club's did not tell outside those payroll sheets when they cannot offer good salary to a star player in this open transfer pool. We trust his decision to select the suitable player to maintain ROVERS shape to win matches - The best selection was Tommy Spurr, Cainey, Conway and Gestede. Improverd player is Chriss Taylor and Eastwood. Two quality defenders are must to show the ruthless defense to keep the match in our hand at the final minutes. If we look at our last season we lost 5 match's in the dyeing minutes. hope this is taken care with new additional players. MatthewCA
  • Score: 7

12:07am Fri 27 Jun 14

In Venkys we Trust says...

BOWYER OUT!
BOWYER OUT! In Venkys we Trust
  • Score: -12

12:14am Fri 27 Jun 14

In Venkys we Trust says...

Sssssssssssshhhhhhhh
hhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!

They're handing out FFP sanctions in December, we can let them find out we have League One players on 10 grand a week!

LOL
Sssssssssssshhhhhhhh hhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!! They're handing out FFP sanctions in December, we can let them find out we have League One players on 10 grand a week! LOL In Venkys we Trust
  • Score: -10

8:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

chickenfarm says...

The player has not denied it!
Could he be on £10K per week before tax?
Could he be on £10K per week with Appearances & Bonus?

No smoke without fire, 3 sides to every story yours, there's and the truth.

To be fair what ever the player has agreed with his employer should stay between them nor Doncaster or Bowyer should be shouting about any employee's wage.
The player has not denied it! Could he be on £10K per week before tax? Could he be on £10K per week with Appearances & Bonus? No smoke without fire, 3 sides to every story yours, there's and the truth. To be fair what ever the player has agreed with his employer should stay between them nor Doncaster or Bowyer should be shouting about any employee's wage. chickenfarm
  • Score: -7

8:15am Fri 27 Jun 14

gb1882 says...

Blackburn dont tell lies do they
Blackburn dont tell lies do they gb1882
  • Score: -7

9:07am Fri 27 Jun 14

CrispyRover says...

steralc wrote:
You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
You're obsessed
Obsessed I tell thee
Obsessed
[quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed[/p][/quote]You're obsessed Obsessed I tell thee Obsessed CrispyRover
  • Score: 16

10:42am Fri 27 Jun 14

owd nick says...

more bans than ray - brfc lxxv wrote:
steralc wrote:
You're doomed
Doomed I tell thee
Doomed
htaerb tar ffo kcuf
Totally agree Ray, Chapeau!
[quote][p][bold]more bans than ray - brfc lxxv[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]steralc[/bold] wrote: You're doomed Doomed I tell thee Doomed[/p][/quote]htaerb tar ffo kcuf[/p][/quote]Totally agree Ray, Chapeau! owd nick
  • Score: 3

12:03pm Fri 27 Jun 14

ReluctantNicko says...

League One awaits Blackburn Rovers!!!!!!!

Art and Labour.
League One awaits Blackburn Rovers!!!!!!! Art and Labour. ReluctantNicko
  • Score: -5

5:27pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Captain Dreckley says...

Worrying times at Dingley dell with very little movement in the transfer market hence they are all on here green with envy. What a shameful excuse for a board with zero ambition yet season ticket prices starting at the best part of £500. Shameful I tell thee shameful.
Worrying times at Dingley dell with very little movement in the transfer market hence they are all on here green with envy. What a shameful excuse for a board with zero ambition yet season ticket prices starting at the best part of £500. Shameful I tell thee shameful. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 0

2:09am Sat 28 Jun 14

Maxrus says...

gb1882 wrote:
Blackburn dont tell lies do they
Oh yes we don't
[quote][p][bold]gb1882[/bold] wrote: Blackburn dont tell lies do they[/p][/quote]Oh yes we don't Maxrus
  • Score: 1

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