Dan Clough column: Promotion for Rovers possible if side stays together

Gary Bowyer has brought stability

Gary Bowyer has brought stability

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ROVERS’ second half performance against Leicester was one to be proud of.

The way we came out of the blocks after half time surprised everyone, not least the Foxes.

So impressed was Leicester assistant boss Craig Shakespeare he said Rovers had given his side the ‘best game they had all season’.

And from a side that has gone unbeaten for what seems like a century, that was praise indeed.

I think the time has come to write this season off as a learning curve.

Although a place in the play-offs is not yet a mathematical uncertainty, and we certainly shouldn’t rest on our laurels while that carrot is still dangling there, it is highly unlikely.

Barring an amazing run of form in our final 10 games of the season, we will still be in the Championship come next August.

But I honestly believe we are moving in the right direction.

Compare this to the feeling at this stage last season.

A lot has been said about stability and many people think too much emphasis has been on it, but to me it is key at the moment.

We have had almost (touch wood!) a season of pure stability.

No managerial changes and no major problems off the field.

Gary Bowyer is moulding a team that, to me, could be good enough to mount a real promotion push next term.

The gaffer himself is still learning and I am sure will have taken a lot from this season.

But assuming nobody comes in with a high enough bid to take Jordan Rhodes from us in the summer and in the hope the financial ‘fair play’ rules are re-jigged giving us freedom to bring in a couple of new faces, next season could be our season.

Yes I am being an optimist and many Rovers fans out there often see the glass as half empty but I don’t see the point in that at the moment.

We are far from any relegation battle and still in with an outside chance of the play-offs, so the year-on-year improvement is there for all to see.

Give it until Christmas and we will see what this transitional side is really capable of.

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3:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

golazzo says...

I'll have a pint of what Bowyers been on. Bye bye wovers.
I'll have a pint of what Bowyers been on. Bye bye wovers. golazzo
  • Score: -5

3:35pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Your just about right here Danny boy, outside chance at best for the play offs but enough optimism for next year even if we don't go up.
Let's just enjoy the next ten games starting with a possible win tonight!!

COYB, From Real LP
Your just about right here Danny boy, outside chance at best for the play offs but enough optimism for next year even if we don't go up. Let's just enjoy the next ten games starting with a possible win tonight!! COYB, From Real LP Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 7

3:55pm Tue 25 Mar 14

realisticrover says...

Much better if Rhodes stays, of course, but if he wasnt here, we'd get more out of Gestede. Varney has also proved hes a decent player at this level. Rudy would also bring the midfield into the game more...
Much better if Rhodes stays, of course, but if he wasnt here, we'd get more out of Gestede. Varney has also proved hes a decent player at this level. Rudy would also bring the midfield into the game more... realisticrover
  • Score: 2

4:08pm Tue 25 Mar 14

owd nick says...

realisticrover wrote:
Much better if Rhodes stays, of course, but if he wasnt here, we'd get more out of Gestede. Varney has also proved hes a decent player at this level. Rudy would also bring the midfield into the game more...
We need to stop this fixation with Rhodes, if he breaks a leg or does his cruciate, he will be missing for a long time, and if someone has to come in and make an offer he or we can't refuse we will have to do something about it.

That's football.

The only thing I would add to that is if he stays we need to be playing to his strengths, not expecting him to adapt to a style that doesn't suit him.
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Much better if Rhodes stays, of course, but if he wasnt here, we'd get more out of Gestede. Varney has also proved hes a decent player at this level. Rudy would also bring the midfield into the game more...[/p][/quote]We need to stop this fixation with Rhodes, if he breaks a leg or does his cruciate, he will be missing for a long time, and if someone has to come in and make an offer he or we can't refuse we will have to do something about it. That's football. The only thing I would add to that is if he stays we need to be playing to his strengths, not expecting him to adapt to a style that doesn't suit him. owd nick
  • Score: 4

4:24pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

I have taken the liberty of running a few of Dan's bleatings through my Google No-dad translator and provide below the translated Queens English...


"We have had almost (touch wood!) a season of pure stability."

What Dan really says is: "We have had a season of pure, unadulterated mediocrity and disappointment in all area's, never climbing above 8th place in the league all season and the mother of all nightmares has become reality as we've now lost our 34 year comfort blanket after being turned over at home by a Burnley FC side who look like they will walk into the Premier League."


"No managerial changes and no major problems off the field."

What Dan really says is: "This season we haven't had SIX managers in charge of our circus, which means no former managers have sued us (yet), we haven't had any surprise appearances from a comedy Malaysian TV pundit (yet), and none of our youth team coaches have felt the need to don "the glove" (yet). And we'll just pretend the match fixing allegation was all a figment of the imagination..."


"Gary Bowyer is moulding a team that, to me, could be good enough to mount a real promotion push next term."

What Dan really says is: "Gary Bowyer is building a team that at its very, very best is capable of stagnating in the middle of the Championship while the financial issues the clubs is facing slowly chip away at our league position, forcing us to sell off players and develop from within,resulting ultimately in a slow and predictable slide towards League One by 2015"


"...with a high enough bid to take Jordan Rhodes from us in the summer and in the hope the financial ‘fair play’ rules are re-jigged..."

What Dan really says is: Please, please change the FFP rules to allow us to continue to buy our way out of trouble, we are Blackburn Rovers and we should not have to comply with the rules that govern all the other clubs, and please don't take our star player off us because without him we are nailed on certainties for the drop"


"Give it until Christmas and we will see what this transitional side is really capable of."

What Dan really says is: "This transitional side is a full 5 points better off than at the same point last season, and look where we ended up then. It's time to press that big red panic button because with Bowyer in charge we have made virtually zero progress and only a few freak results have allowed us to keep pace with the mid-table teams around us. I truly fear for our future unless we make some major signings.... Please Venky's waste some more money on us, please!"
I have taken the liberty of running a few of Dan's bleatings through my Google No-dad translator and provide below the translated Queens English... "We have had almost (touch wood!) a season of pure stability." What Dan really says is: "We have had a season of pure, unadulterated mediocrity and disappointment in all area's, never climbing above 8th place in the league all season and the mother of all nightmares has become reality as we've now lost our 34 year comfort blanket after being turned over at home by a Burnley FC side who look like they will walk into the Premier League." "No managerial changes and no major problems off the field." What Dan really says is: "This season we haven't had SIX managers in charge of our circus, which means no former managers have sued us (yet), we haven't had any surprise appearances from a comedy Malaysian TV pundit (yet), and none of our youth team coaches have felt the need to don "the glove" (yet). And we'll just pretend the match fixing allegation was all a figment of the imagination..." "Gary Bowyer is moulding a team that, to me, could be good enough to mount a real promotion push next term." What Dan really says is: "Gary Bowyer is building a team that at its very, very best is capable of stagnating in the middle of the Championship while the financial issues the clubs is facing slowly chip away at our league position, forcing us to sell off players and develop from within,resulting ultimately in a slow and predictable slide towards League One by 2015" "...with a high enough bid to take Jordan Rhodes from us in the summer and in the hope the financial ‘fair play’ rules are re-jigged..." What Dan really says is: Please, please change the FFP rules to allow us to continue to buy our way out of trouble, we are Blackburn Rovers and we should not have to comply with the rules that govern all the other clubs, and please don't take our star player off us because without him we are nailed on certainties for the drop" "Give it until Christmas and we will see what this transitional side is really capable of." What Dan really says is: "This transitional side is a full 5 points better off than at the same point last season, and look where we ended up then. It's time to press that big red panic button because with Bowyer in charge we have made virtually zero progress and only a few freak results have allowed us to keep pace with the mid-table teams around us. I truly fear for our future unless we make some major signings.... Please Venky's waste some more money on us, please!" Super_Clarets
  • Score: 1

4:25pm Tue 25 Mar 14

HDRover says...

Well let's see how much we have improved, last season we
were outclassed and thrashed 4-0, tonight's game should be
a good barometer.

Let's see how much Bowyer has improved this team with all
this STABILITY.
Well let's see how much we have improved, last season we were outclassed and thrashed 4-0, tonight's game should be a good barometer. Let's see how much Bowyer has improved this team with all this STABILITY. HDRover
  • Score: 4

4:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Ewood_Mark says...

Next Dan will be saying we can pip Burnley to second.....Keep away from the white powder mate
Next Dan will be saying we can pip Burnley to second.....Keep away from the white powder mate Ewood_Mark
  • Score: 2

4:40pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

This is my favourite part of this fantasy, written by someone evidently off their t1ts on drugs: "in the hope the financial ‘fair play’ rules are re-jigged giving us freedom to bring in a couple of new faces, next season could be our season."

Comedy Gold.

Good work fella.

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha
This is my favourite part of this fantasy, written by someone evidently off their t1ts on drugs: "in the hope the financial ‘fair play’ rules are re-jigged giving us freedom to bring in a couple of new faces, next season could be our season." Comedy Gold. Good work fella. Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ah ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: 1

4:42pm Tue 25 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

Ewood_Mark wrote:
Next Dan will be saying we can pip Burnley to second.....Keep away from the white powder mate
Another account from our sad friend, but thanks for keeping it short, couldn't be arsed to read your ravings above.
[quote][p][bold]Ewood_Mark[/bold] wrote: Next Dan will be saying we can pip Burnley to second.....Keep away from the white powder mate[/p][/quote]Another account from our sad friend, but thanks for keeping it short, couldn't be arsed to read your ravings above. greenscreener
  • Score: 1

4:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

greenscreener says...

Anybody got a clue who is actually fit tonight, will Hanley and Cairney be ready to play yet ?
Anybody got a clue who is actually fit tonight, will Hanley and Cairney be ready to play yet ? greenscreener
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Tue 25 Mar 14

tall in the saddle says...

It’s like a comedy column is this. I really do have a laugh when I read this stuff every week. Still it would be good if both E. Lancs team could make it to the PL. I think it’s too difficult now though for Rovers to get a play-off place now.
It’s like a comedy column is this. I really do have a laugh when I read this stuff every week. Still it would be good if both E. Lancs team could make it to the PL. I think it’s too difficult now though for Rovers to get a play-off place now. tall in the saddle
  • Score: 1

5:27pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

Following on from his hilarious weekly comedy column, up and coming North West funny-man Dan Clough is taking his unique brand of humour on the road in "The Dan Clough Comedy Roadshow".

With his side-splitting outlook on Blackburn Rovers "stability, all-round progress on and off the field" and "promotion is possible", Dan will have you in stitches from start to finish.

The tour kicks off with Dan performing his superb one-man stand-up show at King Georges Hall. Get your tickets early as a sell-out is expected.

"Pure comedy gold, a comedian so engaging and insightful you will forget you ever heard the name Shebby Singh."
Following on from his hilarious weekly comedy column, up and coming North West funny-man Dan Clough is taking his unique brand of humour on the road in "The Dan Clough Comedy Roadshow". With his side-splitting outlook on Blackburn Rovers "stability, all-round progress on and off the field" and "promotion is possible", Dan will have you in stitches from start to finish. The tour kicks off with Dan performing his superb one-man stand-up show at King Georges Hall. Get your tickets early as a sell-out is expected. "Pure comedy gold, a comedian so engaging and insightful you will forget you ever heard the name Shebby Singh." Super_Clarets
  • Score: 0

5:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

owd nick says...

greenscreener wrote:
Anybody got a clue who is actually fit tonight, will Hanley and Cairney be ready to play yet ?
Hanley a possible tonight as is Lowe, Cairney against Millwall on Saturday.
[quote][p][bold]greenscreener[/bold] wrote: Anybody got a clue who is actually fit tonight, will Hanley and Cairney be ready to play yet ?[/p][/quote]Hanley a possible tonight as is Lowe, Cairney against Millwall on Saturday. owd nick
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Rover Crisby says...

Its a shame most of the posts on the Rovers forum are made by the 6 fingered idiots down the road which means very little worthwhile debate at the moment. My view on tonight is if we reproduce our Leicester performance (particularly the 2nd half) then we could take the 3 points BUT unfortunately consistency is not exactly our forte so who knows what the game will bring. What I wouldnt give for Rovers to play 2 good halves of football!

I do however tend to be an optimist and I dont know if anyone else noticed on Saturday but someone appears to have had a word with Gestede and he is now actually looking to play in Rhodes and create chances for him rather than the other way round. I was quite impressed with their combination at the weekend along with Conway and Evans who are lso playing well.

On Henley, its a shame he is injured but I do prefer Kane at right back as he is Henley's equal defensively but has way more attacking intent.

Roll on the game! RTID
Its a shame most of the posts on the Rovers forum are made by the 6 fingered idiots down the road which means very little worthwhile debate at the moment. My view on tonight is if we reproduce our Leicester performance (particularly the 2nd half) then we could take the 3 points BUT unfortunately consistency is not exactly our forte so who knows what the game will bring. What I wouldnt give for Rovers to play 2 good halves of football! I do however tend to be an optimist and I dont know if anyone else noticed on Saturday but someone appears to have had a word with Gestede and he is now actually looking to play in Rhodes and create chances for him rather than the other way round. I was quite impressed with their combination at the weekend along with Conway and Evans who are lso playing well. On Henley, its a shame he is injured but I do prefer Kane at right back as he is Henley's equal defensively but has way more attacking intent. Roll on the game! RTID Rover Crisby
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Tue 25 Mar 14

French Rover says...

1-1 again tonight....
1-1 again tonight.... French Rover
  • Score: 0

6:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Steven Seagull says...

Oh dear, still going on about the playoffs are we?

On a separate note how's the hunt for moon cheese coming on? 1
Oh dear, still going on about the playoffs are we? On a separate note how's the hunt for moon cheese coming on? 1 Steven Seagull
  • Score: -1

7:14pm Tue 25 Mar 14

dangerous dave says...

This man clough must be on crack!!!
Out with the cowboys and indians
This man clough must be on crack!!! Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
  • Score: -2

8:34pm Tue 25 Mar 14

mammamiauk says...

realisticrover wrote:
Much better if Rhodes stays, of course, but if he wasnt here, we'd get more out of Gestede. Varney has also proved hes a decent player at this level. Rudy would also bring the midfield into the game more...
Based on the inside information I have, I am very much aware that Rhodes is very happy at Rovers and he will be with us 'for the long haul'.

To prevent other clubs from bidding for Rhodes in the summer, all Rovers (or should I also say, the owners) have to do is to reiterate that he is just NOT FOR SALE like what Liverpool have done with Luis Suarez. It was only on Monday that I read in The Mirror that West Brom are interested in buying Rhodes in the summer!
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Much better if Rhodes stays, of course, but if he wasnt here, we'd get more out of Gestede. Varney has also proved hes a decent player at this level. Rudy would also bring the midfield into the game more...[/p][/quote]Based on the inside information I have, I am very much aware that Rhodes is very happy at Rovers and he will be with us 'for the long haul'. To prevent other clubs from bidding for Rhodes in the summer, all Rovers (or should I also say, the owners) have to do is to reiterate that he is just NOT FOR SALE like what Liverpool have done with Luis Suarez. It was only on Monday that I read in The Mirror that West Brom are interested in buying Rhodes in the summer! mammamiauk
  • Score: 1

8:43pm Tue 25 Mar 14

TurfMoorTom says...

Are the Dingles playing at home tonight?? Seems to be an awful lot on here with more interest in a Rovers LET article than an actual game.
Are the Dingles playing at home tonight?? Seems to be an awful lot on here with more interest in a Rovers LET article than an actual game. TurfMoorTom
  • Score: 2

8:50pm Tue 25 Mar 14

dallydally says...

Play off places? DREAM ON!!!
Play off places? DREAM ON!!! dallydally
  • Score: -1

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