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Paul Wheelock column: Blackburn Rovers will hope Gestede is out of Africa

Lancashire Telegraph: Rudy Gestede

1:30pm Thursday 24th July 2014

IT is testament to how important a player Rudy Gestede has grown to become that you cannot imagine Gary Bowyer shedding a tear if the big striker fails to make it all the way to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Kevin Gallacher column: Midfield decisions key for Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

3:40pm Wednesday 23rd July 2014

THE backbone of any side is your goalkeeper, your two central defenders, at least one midfielder and your main striker.

Simon Garner column: Wait until January for more signings

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:00pm Friday 18th July 2014

IF we were to start the season with the squad we’ve got now I’d be satisfied.

Simon Garner: Let's wait until January for more signings

Lancashire Telegraph: BAP IN THE PICTURE: Alex Baptiste is ready to come back into the Wanderers team

2:10pm Friday 18th July 2014

IF we were to start the season with the squad we’ve got now I’d be satisfied.

Paul Wheelock column: Harmless Blackburn Rovers kit launch video has made an impact

Lancashire Telegraph:

12:30pm Thursday 17th July 2014

WITH the Rovers squad away at a training camp in Portugal there was potential for this being a quiet news week at Ewood.

Kevin Gallacher column: Blackburn Rovers kit launch video was bit of fun

Lancashire Telegraph:

1:50pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

WELL Blackburn Rovers’ kit launch has certainly got people talking.

Simon Garner column: Championship side should start in opening Blackburn Rovers friendly

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Rovers take on promotion chasing QPR at Ewood Park.

3:40pm Friday 11th July 2014

IF I was Gary Bowyer I would start with the same team that finished last season in tomorrow’s first friendly of the summer at Telford.

Paul Wheelock column: Rovers defence in need of reinforcements

Lancashire Telegraph:

3:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

IF Rovers started the season with the strikers and attacking midfielders they currently have at their disposal you would not find me complaining.

Kevin Gallacher column: McCormack deal highlights value of star Rhodes

Lancashire Telegraph: Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes

5:00pm Wednesday 9th July 2014

ROSS McCormack going to Fulham for £11m really sets the benchmark for Blackburn Rovers if they ever have to sell Jordan Rhodes.

Simon Garner column: Attacking style is way to go for Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Simon Garner

3:40pm Friday 4th July 2014

SOME of the attacking football we have seen at this World Cup has been fantastic – and I hope Blackburn take note and start the new season the way we finished the last.

Paul Wheelock column: Paying off players is the correct but painful thing to do

Lancashire Telegraph: Dickson Etuhu

2:00pm Thursday 3rd July 2014

SHORT-TERM pain for long-term gain goes the old adage – and Rovers will certainly be hoping it rings true following their decision to pay off two more players.

Kevin Gallacher column: Team spirit crucial to Blackburn Rovers camp

Lancashire Telegraph:

4:35pm Wednesday 2nd July 2014

IT was a good move by Blackburn to announce that Dickson Etuhu and DJ Campbell have left the club before training starts again today.

Simon Garner column: Biting an opponent is coward’s way out

Lancashire Telegraph: Luis Suarez has been handed a long ban

1:17pm Friday 27th June 2014

I SAW a lot in my career – but I never saw a player bite another player.

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

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer

4:28pm Thursday 26th June 2014

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

Kevin Gallacher column: We may need to go down Goodwillie road again

Lancashire Telegraph: David Goodwillie has been given a community service order

10:36am Thursday 26th June 2014

BLACKBURN have bitten the bullet with David Goodwillie – and they may have to do the same with two or three other players yet.

Simon Garner column: No need to break up Blackburn Rovers striker pair

Lancashire Telegraph: Rudy Gestede

1:50pm Friday 20th June 2014

I SEE that we have been linked with Doncaster’s Chris Brown. I’ll be completely honest and say I do not know a great deal about him.

Simon Garner column: Phil Jones needs to stick as a centre back

Lancashire Telegraph: Rickie Lambert, right, and Phil Jones

3:00pm Friday 13th June 2014

I HOPE Phil Jones gets a chance to play for England in the World Cup.

Paul Wheelock column: Blackburn Rovers hampered by wages of transfer listed players

Lancashire Telegraph: Dickson Etuhu

2:40pm Thursday 12th June 2014

ROVERS have showed their intention to fall in line with the Championship’s controversial financial rules by transfer listing five big earners.

Kevin Gallacher column: Under Hodgson you'd need two layers

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

2:30pm Wednesday 11th June 2014

WHEN I played under him at Blackburn Rovers I always found Roy Hodgson to be tactically astute.

Simon Garner column: Rochina not right for playmaker job at Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Simon Garner

2:00pm Friday 6th June 2014

THERE has been talk this week about whether Blackburn Rovers need a playmaker next season. Some have said it should be Ruben Rochina, but I’m not sure about that.

Simon Garner column: The Rovers six should cut their losses

Lancashire Telegraph: Leon Best

12:00pm Friday 30th May 2014

IF I was to offer any advice to the six players Blackburn Rovers have put on the transfer list, it would be to take a pay cut and go and play football.

Kevin Gallacher column: Dunn effect still has its force at Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

1:30pm Wednesday 28th May 2014

IT comes as no surprise to me that Gary Bowyer wants to keep David Dunn at Ewood Park.

Simon Garner: Venky's must keep talking to the fans

Lancashire Telegraph: Mrs Desai, head of owners the Venky’s

1:00pm Friday 23rd May 2014

IT is good to see that Venky’s have written an open letter to Blackburn Rovers supporters.

Paul Wheelock column: It is too early to write Luke Varney off as an unnecessary addition

Lancashire Telegraph: Luke Varney

3:40pm Thursday 22nd May 2014

LUKE Varney is not a signing that has set the fans’ pulses racing.

Kevin Gallacher column: Dunn still has plenty to offer Rovers but may move on

Lancashire Telegraph: David Dunn celebrates

4:00pm Wednesday 21st May 2014

DAVID Dunn’s new contract comes down to two things for me.

Simon Garner column: West Ham risk all if they sack Allardyce

Lancashire Telegraph: Sam Allardyce remains in the hot-seat at Upton Park for now. Picture: Action Images

4:00pm Friday 16th May 2014

IT’S a tough decision for West Ham to make over Sam Allardyce’s future.

Paul Wheelock column: Rovers must look to move on returning loanees

Lancashire Telegraph: Ruben Rochina

12:00pm Thursday 15th May 2014

ROVERS’ squad will be swelled by the return of eight first-team players this summer once their loans end.

Kevin Gallacher column: Dyke's FA plan will hinder grassroots

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

1:20pm Wednesday 14th May 2014

I DON’T agree with Football Association chairman Greg Dyke’s proposals for a B league at all.

Simon Garner column: Cairney has really impressed all year

Lancashire Telegraph: Rovers ace Tom Cairney

4:00pm Friday 9th May 2014

I WAS delighted to see Tom Cairney being named player of the year.

Paul Wheelock column: Rovers side needs only minor surgery

Lancashire Telegraph: Boss Gary Bowyer on the day he was unveiled as Rovers’ permanent boss in May last year

9:53am Friday 9th May 2014

IF the Rovers squad was in need of major surgery this time last year it is testament to Gary Bowyer’s astuteness in the transfer market that 12 months on it requires very little in the way of additions.

Kevin Gallacher column: Conway has been a Rovers revelation

Lancashire Telegraph: Craig Conway celebrates another Rovers goal with Jordan Rhodes

4:00pm Wednesday 7th May 2014

CRAIG Conway has been a great signing for Blackburn Rovers.

Dan Clough column: The future looks bright for Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: gary bowyer 8 10.jpg

2:00pm Tuesday 6th May 2014

SEVENTY points, 70 goals, plus-eight goal difference, 12 games unbeaten, three consecutive wins, two points behind sixth place and 26 clear of relegation.

Simon Garner column: Bowyer deserves credit for campaign

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer

4:00pm Friday 2nd May 2014

IT’S a great accolade for Rudy Gestede to be named the Championship’s player of the month.

Paul Wheelock column: Rejuvenated King can be difference

Lancashire Telegraph: Josh King has a chance to stake his claim

4:46pm Thursday 1st May 2014

MAYBE it was the continued outstanding form of the irrepressible Craig Conway? Or maybe it was the sight of a fired-up Ben Marshall back in training and itching for a first-team return?

Kevin Gallacher column: Case of ‘what if’ for Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Rudy Gestede

12:00pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

DO we go into the final game of the season with a better team than what we started the season with? I’d say definitely yes.

Dan Clough column: Last day drama shows Rovers progress

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer

1:00pm Tuesday 29th April 2014

WHO would have thought that on the final day of this season Rovers would still have something to play for?

Simon Garner column: Rovers have given themselves a chance

Lancashire Telegraph: Corry Evans tracks his man at Birmingham

3:00pm Friday 25th April 2014

THERE is no doubt the draw at home to Yeovil and the draw away to Sheffield Wednesday were disappointing results.

Paul Wheelock column: Dunn deserves new Blackburn Rovers contract

Lancashire Telegraph: David Dunn celebrates his goal against Blackpool

3:10pm Thursday 24th April 2014

IF you were going on sentiment alone, there is no doubt David Dunn would be handed a new contract.

Kevin Gallacher column: No pressure on Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

1:40pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

IF I had a message for Blackburn Rovers’ players going into the final two games of the season it would be, ‘put yourself in a positive frame of mind and go out and enjoy them’.

Dan Clough column: Now is the time for Venky’s to be heard

Lancashire Telegraph: Corry Evans tracks his man at Birmingham

2:00pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IF I had a business in, let’s say, Pune in India, and I decided to rock up because the president was in town, I think I would pop along and have a look at the workforce.

Paul Wheelock column: Regrets? Blackburn Rovers have had a few

Lancashire Telegraph: Tom Cairney and Michael Keane rue Sheffield Wednesday’s equaliser at Hillsborough

2:50pm Thursday 17th April 2014

NINETY eight days. That’s how long it is between the final day of this season and the opening day of the 2014/15 campaign.

Kevin Gallacher column: Blackburn Rovers must find right balance

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

2:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

WE are seeing both sides of the coin with Blackburn at the moment.

Dan Clough column: Victory would have given us real hope

Lancashire Telegraph: Rovers drew at Sheffield Wednesday

3:00pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

TWO points behind the play-offs and Rovers really would have thrown their hat into the ring as realistic play-off candidates.

Simon Garner column: Credit to Rovers for not giving up hope

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer

3:00pm Friday 11th April 2014

AFTER those four successive draws earlier this month, Blackburn could easily have given up.

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

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer

3:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

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

Kevin Gallacher column: Rovers too reliant on Rhodes

Lancashire Telegraph: Jordan Rhodes

12:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

IT’S great to see Jordan Rhodes bringing 50 league goals up for Blackburn but, for me, we are still too reliant on him.

Dan Clough column: Improving signs for Blackburn Rovers in win over Ipswich

Lancashire Telegraph: Dickson Etuhu

1:27pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

SIX more wins and we could well be in the play-offs. Unfortunately we only have six games left to go this season and have so far been unable to string more than two wins together on the bounce.

Simon Garner column: I’m afraid I could lose my Blackburn Rovers goal record

Lancashire Telegraph: Simon Garner

3:30pm Friday 4th April 2014

FOR Jordan Rhodes to get to 50 goals in 89 appearances is unbelievable – and worrying for me.

Paul Wheelock column: Dropped points so frustrating

Lancashire Telegraph: Gary Bowyer

4:00pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

ROVERS have been in winning positions in 10 of the 16 Championship games they have played in 2014.

Kevin Gallacher column: Play-offs still not out of reach for Blackburn Rovers

Lancashire Telegraph: Kevin Gallacher

1:50pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

I SAID last week that if we failed to beat Watford or Millwall that could be it for our play-off chances.



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