Kevin Gallacher column: Rovers must find a reaction to derby day

Rovers midfielder Corry Evans battles with Burnley’s Dean Marney

Rovers midfielder Corry Evans battles with Burnley’s Dean Marney

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BLACKBURN are on one knee at the moment and the count is up to eight.

Now it’s all about whether the players can come out fighting at Ewood tonight.

We got a battering at Bolton and then the defeat to Burnley in Sunday’s East Lancashire derby was a real punch in the jaw.

And you’ve got to say the losses leave us struggling to get into the play-offs. But it has to be remembered we are only six points behind with a game in hand.

That said we can’t afford to be dropping more points.

We need to get back to winning ways against Bournemouth tonight and then keep on winning.

The players would have been deeply, deeply disappointed with the result on Sunday but now they’ve got to forget about it.

I thought Blackburn did well in the first half but Burnley turned the tables in the second half and made life very difficult for Blackburn, especially in the midfield area. They pressed that little bit higher and put a lot more balls in behind the back four to turn them.

It was great to see Jordan back on the score sheet and for me it proved that in the previous nine games him playing up front with Rudy Gestede hasn’t really worked.

Rudy didn’t start on Saturday and Jordan scored so there’s a conundrum for Gary Bowyer to solve – and he could solve it by keep playing David Dunn as it is clear Jordan scores when he plays. But the thing is, can Dunny stay fit? He seemed all right to me with 70 minutes on the clock when he was taken off on Sunday.

I was a little surprised by the change.

I don’t think Gary made the decision to sit back, he made the decision to manage David Dunn in the hope of keeping him fit for the rest of the season.

But unfortunately the change seemed to take the wick out of the candle and, as we all know, the rest is history.

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5:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Reg Rover says...

ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER
I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place.
Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans.
Let us get things into perspective.
Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager.
At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One.
How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did.
Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it.
Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with.
He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team.
I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that.
He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw.
Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules.
Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion.
These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since.
The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since.
Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer.
He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder.
They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival.
THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE.
Reg.
ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place. Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans. Let us get things into perspective. Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager. At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One. How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did. Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it. Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with. He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team. I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that. He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw. Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion. These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since. The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since. Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer. He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Reg. Reg Rover
  • Score: 6

6:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

WOW

2 DEMOLITION DERBIES in 1 WEEK.
WOW 2 DEMOLITION DERBIES in 1 WEEK. FCBurnley
  • Score: -1

7:17pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Reg Rover wrote:
ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place. Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans. Let us get things into perspective. Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager. At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One. How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did. Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it. Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with. He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team. I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that. He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw. Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion. These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since. The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since. Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer. He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Reg.
I totally respect your viewpoint but Bowyer has been shown up as an incompetent manager.

awful early purchases who are totally out of their depth at the top end of the championship and a number out on loan at a variety of lower league clubs

tactically inept

Every championship manager knows of our weaknesses in midfield and right back and he continually signs wide players and has not addressed our weaknesses

with a better use of the resources he has had both financially and player wise we should without question be a top six side

As for being at the club for 8 years totally irrelevant in terms of first team by all means keep him as reserve team manager.

as for his backroomstaff have to disagree they are equally culpable and don't seem to have the guts to tell him of the teams shortcomings
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place. Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans. Let us get things into perspective. Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager. At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One. How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did. Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it. Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with. He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team. I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that. He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw. Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion. These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since. The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since. Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer. He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Reg.[/p][/quote]I totally respect your viewpoint but Bowyer has been shown up as an incompetent manager. awful early purchases who are totally out of their depth at the top end of the championship and a number out on loan at a variety of lower league clubs tactically inept Every championship manager knows of our weaknesses in midfield and right back and he continually signs wide players and has not addressed our weaknesses with a better use of the resources he has had both financially and player wise we should without question be a top six side As for being at the club for 8 years totally irrelevant in terms of first team by all means keep him as reserve team manager. as for his backroomstaff have to disagree they are equally culpable and don't seem to have the guts to tell him of the teams shortcomings MattNewcastle
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Wed 12 Mar 14

crankitup says...

Reg Rover wrote:
ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER
I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place.
Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans.
Let us get things into perspective.
Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager.
At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One.
How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did.
Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it.
Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with.
He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team.
I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that.
He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw.
Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules.
Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion.
These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since.
The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since.
Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer.
He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder.
They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival.
THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE.
Reg.
i also respect your opinion Reg,,,,but the season Bowyer 'kept us up' we'd been poor most of the season and the law of averages states we were due a couple of wins and draws.....i personally don't think it was his managerial experience that kept us up but pure fortune.....don't get me wrong...i'm not calling for the guys head....(yet) but i think he's bitten off more than he can chew.

he's been given permission to bring in who he want's by the chicken lot but we still can only to date put two wins in a row together....

he's assembled a squad that he feels can deliver only to be found wanting in certain areas....

i wish i could stay positive but it is becoming more and more difficult
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place. Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans. Let us get things into perspective. Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager. At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One. How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did. Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it. Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with. He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team. I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that. He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw. Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion. These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since. The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since. Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer. He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Reg.[/p][/quote]i also respect your opinion Reg,,,,but the season Bowyer 'kept us up' we'd been poor most of the season and the law of averages states we were due a couple of wins and draws.....i personally don't think it was his managerial experience that kept us up but pure fortune.....don't get me wrong...i'm not calling for the guys head....(yet) but i think he's bitten off more than he can chew. he's been given permission to bring in who he want's by the chicken lot but we still can only to date put two wins in a row together.... he's assembled a squad that he feels can deliver only to be found wanting in certain areas.... i wish i could stay positive but it is becoming more and more difficult crankitup
  • Score: 0

12:33pm Thu 13 Mar 14

harrydb5 says...

crankitup wrote:
Reg Rover wrote: ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place. Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans. Let us get things into perspective. Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager. At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One. How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did. Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it. Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with. He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team. I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that. He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw. Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion. These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since. The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since. Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer. He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Reg.
i also respect your opinion Reg,,,,but the season Bowyer 'kept us up' we'd been poor most of the season and the law of averages states we were due a couple of wins and draws.....i personally don't think it was his managerial experience that kept us up but pure fortune.....don't get me wrong...i'm not calling for the guys head....(yet) but i think he's bitten off more than he can chew. he's been given permission to bring in who he want's by the chicken lot but we still can only to date put two wins in a row together.... he's assembled a squad that he feels can deliver only to be found wanting in certain areas.... i wish i could stay positive but it is becoming more and more difficult
Im not a fan of Reg but I will agree that you domakesome valid poit.

On the subject of Bowyer, IMO, i think he has done really well considering where we were twelve months ago and although sitting outside the play offs is not where we want to be, it is certainly been an improvement over the torrid time of last year. That doesnt take away from the way we play, the game against Bolton was horrible to watch and the tactics against Burnley in the scecond half was very negative. I disagree with Reg when he says that Bowyer is the only option and there is no alternative. There will always be managers out there who can take the same group of players and get an extra 10% out of them - Its just a case of pay and whether the Venkys are willing to spend on yet another manager. Or Bowyer learns his lessons from his FIRST FULL YEAR as a manager and changes, tweeks and moulds the team. He learns his lessons (like any other manager would do) and makes the right calls next year.

Th squad is not amazing and that is what you get when you have to work on a budget, I think the players that he has signed can do a job on the pitch, the likes of Williamson, Gestede, Evans, Keane have all been decent signings and Cairney for me has been a really good signing. Had we been in the Premiership we would not have bought any of these guys and this shows exactly where we are as a club.

Now I know I may be ridiculed or what Im gonna say next but I do feel that an empty stadium is not helping. I am not saying that the fans are to blame but it is a factor that has contributed. Every Rovers fan has a right to go to a game if he or she wishes and if they decide to stay at home and refuse to put their hard earned money into the Venkys hands then that is their choice. No one should be criticised for upholding their principles. But the monies that is generated via gate receipts has dropped as we fans have voted with our feet, this does have an affect on the clubs bottom line and untimately the calibre of palyers we an sign, specially with FFP rules soon to come into effect.

Maybe, just maybe next year we will see this side mature and take a step up next year.
[quote][p][bold]crankitup[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: ROVERS MUST STAND BY BOWYER I know we are all gutted by the successive Derby defeats by both Bolton and Burnley. A cruel blow to any hopes Rovers have of a possible play off place. Gary Bowyer’s (pic above) management is now coming under scrutiny from Rovers fickle fans. Let us get things into perspective. Rovers looked doomed for successive relegations just 12 short months ago. Following the disastrous reigns of Kean, Henning Berg and Michael Appleton. Bowyer took over the reins with less than 10 games to play, promoted from reserved team manager. At the time I honestly thought Rovers were doomed for Division One. How Bowyer scraped together the wins and draws needed from a demoralised team, that had no less than four men at the helm in less than 12 months, I don’t know. But he did. Why he was not confirmed as manager this season until the 11th hour is a mystery. He was obvious choice and deserved it. Let us look at the difficulties he has been faced with. He has had to slash the wage bill selling or loaning out in excess of 15 players. In other words trying to get rid of the rubbish brought in by Steve (the man who cannot win football matches) Kean and Jerome (the man who ruined Blackburn Rovers) Anderson on Sky High wages. He has had to assemble a team capable of competing in the Championship. Because make no mistake last season Rovers, despite Kean’s spending frenzy, were not up to the standard of a Championship division team. I said at the time that Rovers should forget any fanciful thoughts of promotion back to the Premiership, what we needed was a team capable of competing in the Championship division. Bowyer has given us that. He has done it by slashing wages, getting rid of the dross. And then purchasing some astute Bargain Buys and loan deals. Ok, it’s not ideal, it’s not what Rovers pre-Venky’s were used to. But it is now reality. We are no longer a Premiership club, we don’t look or act like a Premiership club. We have not got the infrastructure to be a Premiership club despite the fine work being done by Bowyer and managing director Derek Shaw. Next season will be no different. A transfer embargo looms. There is a possibility of a £50 million fine for breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play Rules. Rovers, or the company that own them Venky’s of London Ltd are in horrendous debt and face possible administration. An accusation put to them many times by various parties and never confirmed or denied. Come to your own conclusion. These are all things I warned you all about in March 2011. And was ridiculed by all and sundry. Even being banned by The Useless Lancashire Telegraph under instructions by Editor Kevin Young for being disruptive and controversial. Nobody listened. But they have certainly listened since. The biggest mistake of recent times was sacking Sam Allardyce in December 2010. It has all been downhill since. Do not make the same mistake by getting rid of Bowyer. He has been at the club for over 8 years and knows it inside out. He has assembled a good back room staff in Terry McPhilips, Craig Short and Eric Kinder. They are the way forward. And the key to Rovers survival. THERE IS NO OTHER ALTERNATIVE. Reg.[/p][/quote]i also respect your opinion Reg,,,,but the season Bowyer 'kept us up' we'd been poor most of the season and the law of averages states we were due a couple of wins and draws.....i personally don't think it was his managerial experience that kept us up but pure fortune.....don't get me wrong...i'm not calling for the guys head....(yet) but i think he's bitten off more than he can chew. he's been given permission to bring in who he want's by the chicken lot but we still can only to date put two wins in a row together.... he's assembled a squad that he feels can deliver only to be found wanting in certain areas.... i wish i could stay positive but it is becoming more and more difficult[/p][/quote]Im not a fan of Reg but I will agree that you domakesome valid poit. On the subject of Bowyer, IMO, i think he has done really well considering where we were twelve months ago and although sitting outside the play offs is not where we want to be, it is certainly been an improvement over the torrid time of last year. That doesnt take away from the way we play, the game against Bolton was horrible to watch and the tactics against Burnley in the scecond half was very negative. I disagree with Reg when he says that Bowyer is the only option and there is no alternative. There will always be managers out there who can take the same group of players and get an extra 10% out of them - Its just a case of pay and whether the Venkys are willing to spend on yet another manager. Or Bowyer learns his lessons from his FIRST FULL YEAR as a manager and changes, tweeks and moulds the team. He learns his lessons (like any other manager would do) and makes the right calls next year. Th squad is not amazing and that is what you get when you have to work on a budget, I think the players that he has signed can do a job on the pitch, the likes of Williamson, Gestede, Evans, Keane have all been decent signings and Cairney for me has been a really good signing. Had we been in the Premiership we would not have bought any of these guys and this shows exactly where we are as a club. Now I know I may be ridiculed or what Im gonna say next but I do feel that an empty stadium is not helping. I am not saying that the fans are to blame but it is a factor that has contributed. Every Rovers fan has a right to go to a game if he or she wishes and if they decide to stay at home and refuse to put their hard earned money into the Venkys hands then that is their choice. No one should be criticised for upholding their principles. But the monies that is generated via gate receipts has dropped as we fans have voted with our feet, this does have an affect on the clubs bottom line and untimately the calibre of palyers we an sign, specially with FFP rules soon to come into effect. Maybe, just maybe next year we will see this side mature and take a step up next year. harrydb5
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