GARY Bowyer has had no discussions with Venky’s over his future, with the Blackburn Rovers boss insisting the owners are happy with his side’s performances.

Bowyer said discussions with the club’s owners had focused on how the team is progressing, adding that Venky’s are happy with the displays Rovers are turning in even if the results have yet to follow.


Rovers are three points above the Championship relegation zone with just two wins from their 13 league matches so far this term.

Defeat in Saturday’s East Lancashire derby ended a week of one point from three games, but Bowyer believes Rovers aren’t far away from turning the corner, and insists talks with Venky’s had been positive.

Asked if the owners’ were appreciative of Rovers’ recent performances and whether he retained the backing of Venky’s, Bowyer said: “Yes, in terms of how we’re going about it and the football they’re playing.

“There’s been no mention of anything other than that.”

Bowyer also praised the Ewood Park faithful for the backing they have given his team.

Rovers were roared home in the 2-0 win against Ipswich before the international break, and despite defeat against Burnley they were clapped off on Saturday.

Bowyer said he was ‘proud’ to manage Rovers and thanked the supporters for staying with his team.

“I can’t thank the supporters enough in all the time I’ve been in charge, from the caretaker role to being appointed full-time,” he said.

“I’ve very proud to be the manager of this club and the manager of a club with such good support.

“You can go up and down the country and bump into fans who are blinkered. Our supporters clapped the players off on Saturday, which given the emotion of the game was a very humbling thing for us, because they realised what an effort the players had given and the performance levels they put on.

“I don’t think you would see that much up and down the country this weekend just gone.”

Bowyer also revealed that fellow managers had been in touch with him to offer their support during Rovers’ difficult run of results.

“The number of comments from people in the game that have been very supportive of me of how we’re performing and telling me to keep going and keep the lads going has been very good,” he said.

“I’m very lucky to have had those comments made to me.

“Managers stick together, especially with the situation our club is in, with the restrictions and the embargo and the Financial Fair Play.

“On the circuit when you’re bumping into people and you’re ringing clubs up asking for loans people have been supportive. There’s been some good advice given.”