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Rhodes’ 50th goal not enough to give Blackburn Rovers crucial home win

Lancashire Telegraph: Jordan Rhodes nets his 50th goal for Rovers from the spot in last night’s 3-3 draw 	Picture: CLIVE LAWRENCE Jordan Rhodes nets his 50th goal for Rovers from the spot in last night’s 3-3 draw Picture: CLIVE LAWRENCE

JORDAN Rhodes scored his 50th goal for Blackburn Rovers last night but it was not enough to earn a vital and deserved victory over fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton and Hove Albion.

Rhodes brought up the major milestone in the 86th minute when he converted Rovers’ first penalty at Ewood Park this season.

But two minutes later substitute Dale Stephens scored to earn the Seagulls a 3-3 draw. The result leaves Rovers 11th in the Championship table and seven points off the top six with seven games to play – the first of which comes at home to Ipswich Town on Saturday.

Brighton had opened the scoring in the 17th minute through David Rodriguez and restored parity in the through Gordon Greer after the returning Tom Cairney and Rhodes had put Rovers in front.

Boss Gary Bowyer said: “It’s really disappointing to have scored three goals and not won the game.”

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9:51am Wed 2 Apr 14

owd nick says...

Amazing achievement especially as he has played most of those games in a struggling side, often playing a style of football that doesn't suit him and against the general background of negativity that permeates around the club most of the time.
Amazing achievement especially as he has played most of those games in a struggling side, often playing a style of football that doesn't suit him and against the general background of negativity that permeates around the club most of the time. owd nick
  • Score: 7

10:19am Wed 2 Apr 14

GAZHAY says...

Rhodes will always score goals no matter what team he is at. Whether he is still with us next year remains to be seen but without him goals will dry up unless we manage to sign somebody else.
As for last nights game that clearly shows we do need a new goalkeeper. Although Robinson has been a great servant to the club his mistakes are now proving costly. Last night was the worst performance I have seen from him for sometime. Can Kean step up, I think he can but still needs more experience.
Also again last night Bowyer showed his inexperience. At 2.2 we do need another goal so bring Gestede on but then to go 3.2 up and bring him on then shows Bowyer is clueless when it comes to subs. Also why on several occasions Bowyer has a sub ready to come only then to leave them stood on the touchline for several minutes waiting even though the ball will have gone dead on numerous occasions and he could have brought them on.
Another 2 points dropped at home to a team who ha Keith Andrews playing for them says it all really. Not good enough.
Rhodes will always score goals no matter what team he is at. Whether he is still with us next year remains to be seen but without him goals will dry up unless we manage to sign somebody else. As for last nights game that clearly shows we do need a new goalkeeper. Although Robinson has been a great servant to the club his mistakes are now proving costly. Last night was the worst performance I have seen from him for sometime. Can Kean step up, I think he can but still needs more experience. Also again last night Bowyer showed his inexperience. At 2.2 we do need another goal so bring Gestede on but then to go 3.2 up and bring him on then shows Bowyer is clueless when it comes to subs. Also why on several occasions Bowyer has a sub ready to come only then to leave them stood on the touchline for several minutes waiting even though the ball will have gone dead on numerous occasions and he could have brought them on. Another 2 points dropped at home to a team who ha Keith Andrews playing for them says it all really. Not good enough. GAZHAY
  • Score: 15

11:06am Wed 2 Apr 14

glynners says...

Eastwood is the safest bet of the lot of them at the moment, Kean makes far too many mistake and Robbo cant seem to get down to his near post anymore

Also, Hanley isnt captain material, he's taken over Danns role of ruining decent possession by hopefully lumping the ball up field to no one. Caught out of position far too many times too
Eastwood is the safest bet of the lot of them at the moment, Kean makes far too many mistake and Robbo cant seem to get down to his near post anymore Also, Hanley isnt captain material, he's taken over Danns role of ruining decent possession by hopefully lumping the ball up field to no one. Caught out of position far too many times too glynners
  • Score: 3

11:35am Wed 2 Apr 14

Bazzer says...

Come on lads, bit early to be writing Robbo off. Granted not his best performance last night but overall he has been very dependable. Not sure he has lost the speed or agility to get down quickly, perhaps more of a case of not wanting to be beaten by the shot across him. Remember the call for his return when Kean was struggling.
Come on lads, bit early to be writing Robbo off. Granted not his best performance last night but overall he has been very dependable. Not sure he has lost the speed or agility to get down quickly, perhaps more of a case of not wanting to be beaten by the shot across him. Remember the call for his return when Kean was struggling. Bazzer
  • Score: 1

11:49am Wed 2 Apr 14

FilWil53 says...

Robbo still our number one, for me. Kean clearly not good enough. Eastwood is only a back-up. Hopefully Robbo can get fitter in the close season and lose those extra pounds.

The Manager's position is more of a worry to me. I think Bowyer isn't and won't be good enough. His one claim to fame is that he met Cloughie. He is no different to Donut. Promoted beyond his capabilities. He is not fit for purpose.
Robbo still our number one, for me. Kean clearly not good enough. Eastwood is only a back-up. Hopefully Robbo can get fitter in the close season and lose those extra pounds. The Manager's position is more of a worry to me. I think Bowyer isn't and won't be good enough. His one claim to fame is that he met Cloughie. He is no different to Donut. Promoted beyond his capabilities. He is not fit for purpose. FilWil53
  • Score: -5

11:55am Wed 2 Apr 14

peely says...

After last nights performance it makes all those who were calling for Robinson to be recalled for England look a bit stupid ? The fella' s 4 stone overweight for godsake , without a decent goalkeeper we,re going nowhere !
After last nights performance it makes all those who were calling for Robinson to be recalled for England look a bit stupid ? The fella' s 4 stone overweight for godsake , without a decent goalkeeper we,re going nowhere ! peely
  • Score: 1

12:13pm Wed 2 Apr 14

thetop5 says...

Unfortunately last night was proof we are not getting promoted this year. When I saw the team selection I was quite excited and expected to paste Brighton. GB had his best team available and was playing at home. However, we still drew which says it all.
Unfortunately last night was proof we are not getting promoted this year. When I saw the team selection I was quite excited and expected to paste Brighton. GB had his best team available and was playing at home. However, we still drew which says it all. thetop5
  • Score: 6

12:17pm Wed 2 Apr 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

Can't understand why we are saying Robbo can't get down to his near post, he made a couple of fantastic reflex saves and showed terrific speed to get down at the corner, I am more concerned about some of his hit and miss punches in a crowded area but he still saves some certain goals during a match and is worth of his place at the moment. More concerned about GB's abiity to use his substitutions properly he seems absolutely clueless at times and his constantly out gunned by opposing managers when it comes to adjusting or changing games. We keep being told that he is still learning " but is he" I sometimes get the feeling that he will never learn and that he simply isn't up to the job. Anyway let's hope he proves me wrong next season.
Can't understand why we are saying Robbo can't get down to his near post, he made a couple of fantastic reflex saves and showed terrific speed to get down at the corner, I am more concerned about some of his hit and miss punches in a crowded area but he still saves some certain goals during a match and is worth of his place at the moment. More concerned about GB's abiity to use his substitutions properly he seems absolutely clueless at times and his constantly out gunned by opposing managers when it comes to adjusting or changing games. We keep being told that he is still learning " but is he" I sometimes get the feeling that he will never learn and that he simply isn't up to the job. Anyway let's hope he proves me wrong next season. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 2

12:37pm Wed 2 Apr 14

flagstone says...

Sherwood in , Gary possibly as a reserve team manager
Sherwood in , Gary possibly as a reserve team manager flagstone
  • Score: -9

12:50pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Harwoodstblue says...

thetop5 wrote:
Unfortunately last night was proof we are not getting promoted this year. When I saw the team selection I was quite excited and expected to paste Brighton. GB had his best team available and was playing at home. However, we still drew which says it all.
We were slow out of the starting blocks again and made Brighton look world beaters which of course they aren't. Look at the difference at the start of the second half when we 'got at them.'
For some reason we started far too slowly and cautiously again and gifted Brighton the lead. The reason we play like this at home with no pressure of relegation eludes me. Why we don't start playing until after we have gone behind needs addressing by the manager. We then had the match won and ended up drawing through lack of professionalism. To me the team aren't acting or thinking as one and that's why we threw two more points away.
[quote][p][bold]thetop5[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately last night was proof we are not getting promoted this year. When I saw the team selection I was quite excited and expected to paste Brighton. GB had his best team available and was playing at home. However, we still drew which says it all.[/p][/quote]We were slow out of the starting blocks again and made Brighton look world beaters which of course they aren't. Look at the difference at the start of the second half when we 'got at them.' For some reason we started far too slowly and cautiously again and gifted Brighton the lead. The reason we play like this at home with no pressure of relegation eludes me. Why we don't start playing until after we have gone behind needs addressing by the manager. We then had the match won and ended up drawing through lack of professionalism. To me the team aren't acting or thinking as one and that's why we threw two more points away. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 5

12:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

George Oghani's Ironing Board says...

flagstone wrote:
Sherwood in , Gary possibly as a reserve team manager
Sherwood, not really setting the world alight is he? Yes i know it would not go down well with some people but Neil Warnock would do a job with this current team, he knows the division well and says it how it is which is all you can ask for. Nothing wrong with GB at all as a bloke but its every game now where he cannot see what is clearly needed changes wise, it cant all go to pot as soon as Dunny comes off which is what is happening. Come on at home Rhodes & Rudy with Dunny behind, why 2 holding midfielders at home? Just go for it now and again, did it at Leeds away and bossed the match
[quote][p][bold]flagstone[/bold] wrote: Sherwood in , Gary possibly as a reserve team manager[/p][/quote]Sherwood, not really setting the world alight is he? Yes i know it would not go down well with some people but Neil Warnock would do a job with this current team, he knows the division well and says it how it is which is all you can ask for. Nothing wrong with GB at all as a bloke but its every game now where he cannot see what is clearly needed changes wise, it cant all go to pot as soon as Dunny comes off which is what is happening. Come on at home Rhodes & Rudy with Dunny behind, why 2 holding midfielders at home? Just go for it now and again, did it at Leeds away and bossed the match George Oghani's Ironing Board
  • Score: 5

12:55pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

Bowyer out!
Bowyer out! Super_Clarets
  • Score: -2

4:36pm Wed 2 Apr 14

noddy57 says...

The season is over,,its now time to get the squad ready for next season and maybe even contact Malky Mckay for the mission,,he would do wonders with this large squad at his disposal, having said that we need to clear out the deadwood and there is quite a bit of that,,This club needs to achieve promotion next season due to the ever increasing costs and the escalating debts if we don,t then we could go under,,perish the thought but we are not invincible, look at Leeds Utd and Portsmouth ,
The season is over,,its now time to get the squad ready for next season and maybe even contact Malky Mckay for the mission,,he would do wonders with this large squad at his disposal, having said that we need to clear out the deadwood and there is quite a bit of that,,This club needs to achieve promotion next season due to the ever increasing costs and the escalating debts if we don,t then we could go under,,perish the thought but we are not invincible, look at Leeds Utd and Portsmouth , noddy57
  • Score: 3

4:44pm Wed 2 Apr 14

owd nick says...

Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two.

I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo.

He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them.

With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season.

Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.
Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two. I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo. He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them. With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season. Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market. owd nick
  • Score: 3

4:52pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

noddy57 wrote:
The season is over,,its now time to get the squad ready for next season and maybe even contact Malky Mckay for the mission,,he would do wonders with this large squad at his disposal, having said that we need to clear out the deadwood and there is quite a bit of that,,This club needs to achieve promotion next season due to the ever increasing costs and the escalating debts if we don,t then we could go under,,perish the thought but we are not invincible, look at Leeds Utd and Portsmouth ,
At last a Blackburn Rovers fan who has accepted that you're not play-off contenders.

I doubt you'll be able to bring in a decent manager given the vast sums that have been wasted on the previous 3 attempts, I may be mistaken but haven't all three (Kean, Berg and Appleton) sued you following their dismissals? Add to that Big Sam getting a sizeable pay-off due to being branded a crook by Steve Kean and you're looking at quite a few quid. I honestly think Bowyer has to go but your next appointment will more than likely come from within once again, with Hendry being the likely candidate. Rightly or wrongly.

You needed to achieve promotion this year, and a result of not doing so is evident in the players that have been cleared out. The sale of your captain and centre half was simply ridiculous. You are leaking goals at a shocking rate and the recent games drawn whilst those in the play-off positions have faltered could well have pushed you further up had you not been so sloppy at the back. Has anyone admitted they messed up yet?

Another season in the Championship, combined with the sale of your better players and a transfer embargo preventing further over-spending will mean you'll struggle to remain a Championship club and will more than likely be starting the 2015/16 season in League One. It really is that bad.
[quote][p][bold]noddy57[/bold] wrote: The season is over,,its now time to get the squad ready for next season and maybe even contact Malky Mckay for the mission,,he would do wonders with this large squad at his disposal, having said that we need to clear out the deadwood and there is quite a bit of that,,This club needs to achieve promotion next season due to the ever increasing costs and the escalating debts if we don,t then we could go under,,perish the thought but we are not invincible, look at Leeds Utd and Portsmouth ,[/p][/quote]At last a Blackburn Rovers fan who has accepted that you're not play-off contenders. I doubt you'll be able to bring in a decent manager given the vast sums that have been wasted on the previous 3 attempts, I may be mistaken but haven't all three (Kean, Berg and Appleton) sued you following their dismissals? Add to that Big Sam getting a sizeable pay-off due to being branded a crook by Steve Kean and you're looking at quite a few quid. I honestly think Bowyer has to go but your next appointment will more than likely come from within once again, with Hendry being the likely candidate. Rightly or wrongly. You needed to achieve promotion this year, and a result of not doing so is evident in the players that have been cleared out. The sale of your captain and centre half was simply ridiculous. You are leaking goals at a shocking rate and the recent games drawn whilst those in the play-off positions have faltered could well have pushed you further up had you not been so sloppy at the back. Has anyone admitted they messed up yet? Another season in the Championship, combined with the sale of your better players and a transfer embargo preventing further over-spending will mean you'll struggle to remain a Championship club and will more than likely be starting the 2015/16 season in League One. It really is that bad. Super_Clarets
  • Score: 0

5:10pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

owd nick wrote:
Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two.

I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo.

He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them.

With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season.

Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.
"Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market."

Quite the opposite really. Due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs can no longer go out and buy players at will. There will be a lot of players without a club for the simple reason that costs have to be cut. The FFP rules apply to all.

Teams will now operate with smaller squads and put more investment into youth development. Clubs like the Burnley's and the Blackburn Rovers who don't have attendances of 30,000 will have to develop and sell players to survive. For many clubs that's all they know. Certainly in Burnley's case, but then again we've been operating very successfully like this for years and we've recently reported a slight profit, which proves that a sensible business plan does work. Its the clubs who are totally unprepared for this transition that will suffer the most.

The playing field is being levelled and although some will disagree, our game will benefit from it in the long run.

Blackburn Rovers however are a long, long way from being compliant and the transfer embargo on its way in January 2015 is likely to be in place for longer than most people are expecting. You cannot turn around a loss of £36.5 million without severe restructuring and cost-cutting across the board. Particularly when you have very little income from sponsorship and gate receipts.

The big question is will Venky's continue to support you if, as expected, you stagnate in the lower reaches of the Championship or heaven forbid drop into League One? I don't think they will.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two. I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo. He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them. With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season. Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.[/p][/quote]"Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market." Quite the opposite really. Due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs can no longer go out and buy players at will. There will be a lot of players without a club for the simple reason that costs have to be cut. The FFP rules apply to all. Teams will now operate with smaller squads and put more investment into youth development. Clubs like the Burnley's and the Blackburn Rovers who don't have attendances of 30,000 will have to develop and sell players to survive. For many clubs that's all they know. Certainly in Burnley's case, but then again we've been operating very successfully like this for years and we've recently reported a slight profit, which proves that a sensible business plan does work. Its the clubs who are totally unprepared for this transition that will suffer the most. The playing field is being levelled and although some will disagree, our game will benefit from it in the long run. Blackburn Rovers however are a long, long way from being compliant and the transfer embargo on its way in January 2015 is likely to be in place for longer than most people are expecting. You cannot turn around a loss of £36.5 million without severe restructuring and cost-cutting across the board. Particularly when you have very little income from sponsorship and gate receipts. The big question is will Venky's continue to support you if, as expected, you stagnate in the lower reaches of the Championship or heaven forbid drop into League One? I don't think they will. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -3

5:20pm Wed 2 Apr 14

French Rover says...

Bazzer wrote:
Come on lads, bit early to be writing Robbo off. Granted not his best performance last night but overall he has been very dependable. Not sure he has lost the speed or agility to get down quickly, perhaps more of a case of not wanting to be beaten by the shot across him. Remember the call for his return when Kean was struggling.
Robbo is just about the best of an average trio of keepers. If we are going to push for the play-offs and promotion next season then we need a new keeper in the close season for sure. I also think that the captains role should be taken off Hanley at the end of the season and given to Kilgalon or Cairney.
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: Come on lads, bit early to be writing Robbo off. Granted not his best performance last night but overall he has been very dependable. Not sure he has lost the speed or agility to get down quickly, perhaps more of a case of not wanting to be beaten by the shot across him. Remember the call for his return when Kean was struggling.[/p][/quote]Robbo is just about the best of an average trio of keepers. If we are going to push for the play-offs and promotion next season then we need a new keeper in the close season for sure. I also think that the captains role should be taken off Hanley at the end of the season and given to Kilgalon or Cairney. French Rover
  • Score: 2

6:49pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Captain Dreckley says...

Last night really summed up where Rovers are, strong and creative going forward but weak, disorganised and lacking leadership at the back. Hanley needs a Berg or Short to partner him and we need a right back. 3 poor goals toconcede cost us three points, much like against Millwall on Saturday and any whinges about ploughed fields for pitches like I got in response to my Saturday post, you sound like Steve Kean. Still we know what we have to do in the close season, Spurr is a decent left back, bring in a decent experienced centre half to play alongside Hanley and a couple of decent right backs and next season we can have a serious attempt.
Last night really summed up where Rovers are, strong and creative going forward but weak, disorganised and lacking leadership at the back. Hanley needs a Berg or Short to partner him and we need a right back. 3 poor goals toconcede cost us three points, much like against Millwall on Saturday and any whinges about ploughed fields for pitches like I got in response to my Saturday post, you sound like Steve Kean. Still we know what we have to do in the close season, Spurr is a decent left back, bring in a decent experienced centre half to play alongside Hanley and a couple of decent right backs and next season we can have a serious attempt. Captain Dreckley
  • Score: 4

10:09pm Wed 2 Apr 14

owd nick says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two.

I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo.

He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them.

With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season.

Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.
"Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market."

Quite the opposite really. Due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs can no longer go out and buy players at will. There will be a lot of players without a club for the simple reason that costs have to be cut. The FFP rules apply to all.

Teams will now operate with smaller squads and put more investment into youth development. Clubs like the Burnley's and the Blackburn Rovers who don't have attendances of 30,000 will have to develop and sell players to survive. For many clubs that's all they know. Certainly in Burnley's case, but then again we've been operating very successfully like this for years and we've recently reported a slight profit, which proves that a sensible business plan does work. Its the clubs who are totally unprepared for this transition that will suffer the most.

The playing field is being levelled and although some will disagree, our game will benefit from it in the long run.

Blackburn Rovers however are a long, long way from being compliant and the transfer embargo on its way in January 2015 is likely to be in place for longer than most people are expecting. You cannot turn around a loss of £36.5 million without severe restructuring and cost-cutting across the board. Particularly when you have very little income from sponsorship and gate receipts.

The big question is will Venky's continue to support you if, as expected, you stagnate in the lower reaches of the Championship or heaven forbid drop into League One? I don't think they will.
Face? Bothered?

Your opinions count for nothing dipstick.
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two. I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo. He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them. With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season. Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.[/p][/quote]"Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market." Quite the opposite really. Due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs can no longer go out and buy players at will. There will be a lot of players without a club for the simple reason that costs have to be cut. The FFP rules apply to all. Teams will now operate with smaller squads and put more investment into youth development. Clubs like the Burnley's and the Blackburn Rovers who don't have attendances of 30,000 will have to develop and sell players to survive. For many clubs that's all they know. Certainly in Burnley's case, but then again we've been operating very successfully like this for years and we've recently reported a slight profit, which proves that a sensible business plan does work. Its the clubs who are totally unprepared for this transition that will suffer the most. The playing field is being levelled and although some will disagree, our game will benefit from it in the long run. Blackburn Rovers however are a long, long way from being compliant and the transfer embargo on its way in January 2015 is likely to be in place for longer than most people are expecting. You cannot turn around a loss of £36.5 million without severe restructuring and cost-cutting across the board. Particularly when you have very little income from sponsorship and gate receipts. The big question is will Venky's continue to support you if, as expected, you stagnate in the lower reaches of the Championship or heaven forbid drop into League One? I don't think they will.[/p][/quote]Face? Bothered? Your opinions count for nothing dipstick. owd nick
  • Score: 0

11:47pm Wed 2 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

owd nick wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
owd nick wrote:
Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two.

I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo.

He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them.

With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season.

Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.
"Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market."

Quite the opposite really. Due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs can no longer go out and buy players at will. There will be a lot of players without a club for the simple reason that costs have to be cut. The FFP rules apply to all.

Teams will now operate with smaller squads and put more investment into youth development. Clubs like the Burnley's and the Blackburn Rovers who don't have attendances of 30,000 will have to develop and sell players to survive. For many clubs that's all they know. Certainly in Burnley's case, but then again we've been operating very successfully like this for years and we've recently reported a slight profit, which proves that a sensible business plan does work. Its the clubs who are totally unprepared for this transition that will suffer the most.

The playing field is being levelled and although some will disagree, our game will benefit from it in the long run.

Blackburn Rovers however are a long, long way from being compliant and the transfer embargo on its way in January 2015 is likely to be in place for longer than most people are expecting. You cannot turn around a loss of £36.5 million without severe restructuring and cost-cutting across the board. Particularly when you have very little income from sponsorship and gate receipts.

The big question is will Venky's continue to support you if, as expected, you stagnate in the lower reaches of the Championship or heaven forbid drop into League One? I don't think they will.
Face? Bothered?

Your opinions count for nothing dipstick.
To a scruffy hillmonkey such as yourself perhaps not.

However my opinions are based on the facts.

And the facts count for everything.

Transfer embargo, massive losses, unmanageable debts, poor team, poor support. All facts.

But you and several other nop-dads apparently find life more bearable to simply disregard the mess that your club has become and insist on churning out the same old bummed up nonsense about progress and potential, and if's and buts, day in day out.

Wake up you fool.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Robbo only made one mistake, he left too big a gap at his near post for their first goal, I doubt there was anything he could do about the other two. I agree with the comments about Hanley being captain though, he's too young and makes to many errors, personally I would give the job to Robbo. He is the best keeper we have at the moment, the other two should be learning from him, but as with any other position if someone better comes along and we can afford them then we should go for them. With FFP rearing it's ugly head I predict there will be an awful lot of decent players who have been bench warming on good money suddenly becoming free agents around the end of the season. Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market.[/p][/quote]"Players and agents have had the upper hand for too long it will suddenly become a buyers market." Quite the opposite really. Due to the Financial Fair Play restrictions clubs can no longer go out and buy players at will. There will be a lot of players without a club for the simple reason that costs have to be cut. The FFP rules apply to all. Teams will now operate with smaller squads and put more investment into youth development. Clubs like the Burnley's and the Blackburn Rovers who don't have attendances of 30,000 will have to develop and sell players to survive. For many clubs that's all they know. Certainly in Burnley's case, but then again we've been operating very successfully like this for years and we've recently reported a slight profit, which proves that a sensible business plan does work. Its the clubs who are totally unprepared for this transition that will suffer the most. The playing field is being levelled and although some will disagree, our game will benefit from it in the long run. Blackburn Rovers however are a long, long way from being compliant and the transfer embargo on its way in January 2015 is likely to be in place for longer than most people are expecting. You cannot turn around a loss of £36.5 million without severe restructuring and cost-cutting across the board. Particularly when you have very little income from sponsorship and gate receipts. The big question is will Venky's continue to support you if, as expected, you stagnate in the lower reaches of the Championship or heaven forbid drop into League One? I don't think they will.[/p][/quote]Face? Bothered? Your opinions count for nothing dipstick.[/p][/quote]To a scruffy hillmonkey such as yourself perhaps not. However my opinions are based on the facts. And the facts count for everything. Transfer embargo, massive losses, unmanageable debts, poor team, poor support. All facts. But you and several other nop-dads apparently find life more bearable to simply disregard the mess that your club has become and insist on churning out the same old bummed up nonsense about progress and potential, and if's and buts, day in day out. Wake up you fool. Super_Clarets
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12:58pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

ROVERS MISSING IN THE MAIL
Can anyone tell me why the Daily Mail do not carry any Blackburn Rovers match reports?
Are the Daily Mail banned from Ewood Park? Is there something I do not know? Have they upset Mrs Anuradha (I like to be entertained) Desai? In the past with an article slamming her ownership of the club?
Or do, the Daily Mail just not care what happens at Ewood Park. Are Blackburn Rovers now no more than an irrelevance now the Premiership days are gone.
I do not know, maybe I missed something.
If not then join me in emailing the Daily Mail at editorial@dailymailo
nline.co.uk and protesting at the continued snubbing of Blackburn Rovers.
Mind you a decent press officer at the Rovers should have sorted this out long ago.
Reg.
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ROVERS MISSING IN THE MAIL Can anyone tell me why the Daily Mail do not carry any Blackburn Rovers match reports? Are the Daily Mail banned from Ewood Park? Is there something I do not know? Have they upset Mrs Anuradha (I like to be entertained) Desai? In the past with an article slamming her ownership of the club? Or do, the Daily Mail just not care what happens at Ewood Park. Are Blackburn Rovers now no more than an irrelevance now the Premiership days are gone. I do not know, maybe I missed something. If not then join me in emailing the Daily Mail at editorial@dailymailo nline.co.uk and protesting at the continued snubbing of Blackburn Rovers. Mind you a decent press officer at the Rovers should have sorted this out long ago. Reg. www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
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1:08pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

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.
www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk
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. www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
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1:16pm Thu 3 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

WILL ROVERS SWOOP FOR SHERWOOD

The controversial Shebby Singh did not get many things right in his brief stay at Blackburn Rovers.
But one of his better ideas would appear to have been his attempts to appoint former Rovers captain Tim Sherwood (Pic above) as manager.
It is well documented that Singh made several attempts to prise Sherwood away from his coaching role at Spurs, following the much celebrated departure of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Singh spent a month pursuing Sherwood to no avail, before finally settling for another former Rovers Henning Berg. And what a disaster and expensive one at that it turned out to be.
Sherwood in the meantime has un expectantly become Spurs manager, and a good job he has made of it.
He is passionate, knowledgeable and can handle ‘Big Name Players’. His appraisals of modern football faults are refreshing along with his obvious hatred of losing.
Due to Sherwood’s efforts for Spurs, they have averaged 2 points per Premiership game. An average that would put them in 3rd position if it had been maintained from the start of the season. Spurs are also through to the Europa League quarter finals.
Despite Sherwood’s efforts, and Spurs could not have hoped for better, it is footballs worst kept secret that he will be replaced by Holland’s national team manager Louis Van Gall after the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Another English manager will bite the dust in the mistaken clamour for foreign managers. Some have even tipped Sherwood as a possible future England manager in years to come.
If Sherwood is jettisoned by Spurs would Rovers swoop to give him the opportunity of taking them back into the Premiership?
A task I feel well within his capabilities.
Sherwood is on record as saying the seven years he spent at Ewood were amongst the happiest in his life, he also fell in love with the area and the warm hearted people of Lancashire and took them and the scenic Ribble Valley firmly to his heart.
The stumbling block for cash strapped Rovers would be the finance needed to bring him in. Not to mention a possible transfer embargo looming that would scupper any attempts to appoint any manager of repute.
I have no doubt Tim Sherwood would most welcome by Rovers fans despite the popularity of Gary Bowyer. But I would stick with the excellent Gary Bowyer for a bit longer yet.
Note See article ‘Rovers must stand by Bowyer’
Reg.

Footnote: REG IS BACK. Sorry I have been missing for the past 6 months, much to Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brainless brother’s delight!

www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk
WILL ROVERS SWOOP FOR SHERWOOD The controversial Shebby Singh did not get many things right in his brief stay at Blackburn Rovers. But one of his better ideas would appear to have been his attempts to appoint former Rovers captain Tim Sherwood (Pic above) as manager. It is well documented that Singh made several attempts to prise Sherwood away from his coaching role at Spurs, following the much celebrated departure of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Singh spent a month pursuing Sherwood to no avail, before finally settling for another former Rovers Henning Berg. And what a disaster and expensive one at that it turned out to be. Sherwood in the meantime has un expectantly become Spurs manager, and a good job he has made of it. He is passionate, knowledgeable and can handle ‘Big Name Players’. His appraisals of modern football faults are refreshing along with his obvious hatred of losing. Due to Sherwood’s efforts for Spurs, they have averaged 2 points per Premiership game. An average that would put them in 3rd position if it had been maintained from the start of the season. Spurs are also through to the Europa League quarter finals. Despite Sherwood’s efforts, and Spurs could not have hoped for better, it is footballs worst kept secret that he will be replaced by Holland’s national team manager Louis Van Gall after the World Cup finals in Brazil. Another English manager will bite the dust in the mistaken clamour for foreign managers. Some have even tipped Sherwood as a possible future England manager in years to come. If Sherwood is jettisoned by Spurs would Rovers swoop to give him the opportunity of taking them back into the Premiership? A task I feel well within his capabilities. Sherwood is on record as saying the seven years he spent at Ewood were amongst the happiest in his life, he also fell in love with the area and the warm hearted people of Lancashire and took them and the scenic Ribble Valley firmly to his heart. The stumbling block for cash strapped Rovers would be the finance needed to bring him in. Not to mention a possible transfer embargo looming that would scupper any attempts to appoint any manager of repute. I have no doubt Tim Sherwood would most welcome by Rovers fans despite the popularity of Gary Bowyer. But I would stick with the excellent Gary Bowyer for a bit longer yet. Note See article ‘Rovers must stand by Bowyer’ Reg. Footnote: REG IS BACK. Sorry I have been missing for the past 6 months, much to Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brainless brother’s delight! www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
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2:53pm Thu 3 Apr 14

French Rover says...

Reg Rover wrote:
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.
www.regoftherovers.c

o.uk
There are 2 things that I cannot believe Reg:

1) That you are back posting on here!
2) That I agree with everything you said (and have said myself many times on here) APART from the bit about BFS.
It is no coincidence that West Ham fans are booing loudly even after their team has won (due to the lack of guile or style under BFS)!!

Even though I agreed with most of your comments and I fully support free speech and other peoples opinions and posts - there is no place for you on here Reg. You are persona non gratis and always will be...sorry.
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: 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. www.regoftherovers.c o.uk[/p][/quote]There are 2 things that I cannot believe Reg: 1) That you are back posting on here! 2) That I agree with everything you said (and have said myself many times on here) APART from the bit about BFS. It is no coincidence that West Ham fans are booing loudly even after their team has won (due to the lack of guile or style under BFS)!! Even though I agreed with most of your comments and I fully support free speech and other peoples opinions and posts - there is no place for you on here Reg. You are persona non gratis and always will be...sorry. French Rover
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4:37pm Thu 3 Apr 14

tall in the saddle says...

Poor Jordan. No wonder he wants out of the Chicken Farm. There he is trying manfully to keep the Goal Difference positive whilst Hanley associates are more porous than a Tetley Tea Bag.
Poor Jordan. No wonder he wants out of the Chicken Farm. There he is trying manfully to keep the Goal Difference positive whilst Hanley associates are more porous than a Tetley Tea Bag. tall in the saddle
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