We asked our Rovers fans' jury: What did you make of the decision to allow Charlie Mulgrew to leave on deadline?

It was just one of many strange decisions taken by the manager in respect of players coming and going. I'm still to get over the ludicrous Ben Brereton fee and saga.

Mulgrew was played out of position as he was never a natural centre back. But he was a defender and given the ineptitude of the Rover's defence I would have thought it wise to hold onto him for the time being. 

At the end of normal time against Oldham, Rovers were losing 2-1, yet Oldham had only 24per cent of possession. I remain bemused by the manager's mind-set.

Paul Yates

Allowing Charlie Mulgrew to leave was a shock, but it was a progressive move. He's been a great servant to the club and was in his element in League One, but he struggled last year in the Championship.

As ruthless as it is, if we want to move forward, there's no place for loyalty and Mulgrew would be involved on loyalty, not credibility. With Stewart Downing, we have someone to take on his set pieces, it's just a shame we haven't adequately covered his central defensive position.

On top of Mulgrew, we've lost Paul Downing and Jack Rodwell and replaced them with just Tosin Adarabioyo to partner Darragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams, two players with histories of injuries. The thing we'll miss most about Mulgrew is his popularity in the dressing room and it's just a shame the fans didn't get the chance to thank him for his commitment and contribution to the club. 

Kelvin Wilkins


The decision to loan out Mulgrew raised many eyebrows, including mine.

I think had we brought in another centre half then it would have been good business.

There’s no denying that Mulgrew has been a real asset over this past two seasons but if we hope to progress then the team needs to improve. I feel the fact he scored so many free kicks, penalties and corners papered over his defensive frailties.

As it happened though we failed to bring in a direct replacement, so it has to go down as poor business.

We’ve handed depth to a league rival and not even a week after the deadline both our main centre halves are doubts for the game against Boro.

He might not have played as much as he’d like but I’ve got a feeling we’ve shot ourselves in the foot with this one. I hope I’m wrong. 

Tom Schofield