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I’m sorry Paul, but it really has bewildered me that running Blackburn Rovers sensibly has been made to look as arduous as sewing in sparring mitts, but that is how it has been presented throughout th

I certainly don't claim to be 'ITK' at all but shortly after the final whistle yesterday I received a text from someone extremely close to the club - not the playing or coaching side - who doesn't nor

The trouble is, this is a well-trodden route in the Copybook of Tony Mowbray. A week back, prior to Cardiff and following the utterly woeful and woebegone showings against Wigan and Barnsley, we neede

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Time to go Tony.

Your tactics get more and more bizarre as the games go by. Chasing a game with no striker might make sense in your head but not in reality. False 9s, wide strikers, 2 number 10s, all bizarre ecperiments.

We havent made progress. 60 points last year. At this rate 60 this year. And the main difference is replacing a centre back who kept being responsible for goals leave and loaning one in. So that problem is back again in 2 games. 10 points in 11 games. 12m spent on shite. That clown back captaining us.Thanks for the promotion and the stability but you cant take us forward.

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Lets have it right before the bullets start flying from the usual angles, nobody is either expecting or demanding the play offs. It's not the defeats or the fact we've fallen short but the manor of it the Wigan, Barnsley & that tonight were dire efforts really.  Going out to contain teams and just pray something falls your way that's the tactics.  That's 3 awful spineless efforts out of the last 5 or 6 and that reflects itself throughout the season punctuated by the odd spectacular winning run.

When we go on those we aren't setting the bar or turning any corners we are just overachieving briefly.  What we see tonight is what we are and we'll continue to be. Those little periods lift us to where we end up, without them it would be very serious.

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I do worry that TM after reaching expectations (if in an awkward manner and with £7 million wasted) the last 2 seasons may start taking us backwards. 

For starters the squad looks worse at the end of this season then at the end of the first transfer window after promotion. Sure a few youngsters have come through but in terms of buys and holes in the squad we are looking at being no further on. 

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How much of an easy time does he get from journalists too? Just for my sins listened to his Radio Lancashire interview. No questions about the tactical horror show, the constant lack of clean sheets, 2 shots on target, the lack of a striker in the second half, the weird new formation. Spit off a few cliches, and on you go. 

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We are scared to ask for better, that goes to both local journalists and other fans from what I'm hearing. Understandable considering the damage Venky's caused, however, it now means we're forced to be content with mediocrity. It's not where Blackburn Rovers should be but it is where we deserve to be under the current ownership and management. No ambition.

 

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10 minutes ago, Darwen Rover 007 said:

I'm seriously reconsidering getting a season ticket next season... 

To watch this tripe.. really?? 

His whole approach is so Mediocre, we need a forward thinker and he isn't one! 

The club needs to sell them to be able to buy one. 

We could have 20,000 folk queuing down Nuttall St for a season ticket for next year and they wouldn't take the money.

Idiots.

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Another thing, going into next season you would say only Lenihan, Nyambe, (maybe) Evans, Travis, Armstrong and Dack are first teamers. Only the latter 2 are Mowbray signings. To have only 2 of your own signings in your team, 20m and 3 years down the line is piss poor. The only player that has advanced the team post promotion has been Armstrong who was already here on loan. Its not progression, its not good enough. No one could guess the formation either.

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'Tony you've mentioned in the past about the signings of Brereton & Gallagher and a different playing style possibility planning for a future without Dack.  How do you feel that would work out next season should it come to pass going off the evidence this season ?'

Or quite simply 'Tony you said in this newspaper last Aug/Sept we've sold the goalie to sign a striker. Do you feel that was a wise move looking at the comparisons now ?'

These are the kind of questions any journalist worth his salt would be asking but we get the standard questions for which the answer is already set. 

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That article was the best, and most thought provoking one that I've read from Sharpe.

There is a big chunk of the fanbase that go by the "this club and Mowbray must not be criticised ever by anyone" mantra.

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Rolo and Mattyblue keep me going ! I feel some kind of pain relief when I read their words, in that, they suffer too, they see the bigger picture . 
If we, ordinarily people can see and feel as we do WHY, OH WHY can no one at Ewood do the same ?
 

Is it can’t...or is it won’t? 
I get angry with myself for allowing Tony Mowbray and his sad, inept band of staff to get me down.....but, boy, do they get me down. 
 

But, wait....there’s always next season ??.....not with this man there ain’t !

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28 minutes ago, MarkBRFC said:

That article was the best, and most thought provoking one that I've read from Sharpe.

There is a big chunk of the fanbase that go by the "this club and Mowbray must not be criticised ever by anyone" mantra.

When you look on here it tends to be people from elsewhere around the country or even globe who are Mowbrays biggest defenders. I don't think it's a coincidence it's like that.

Then on other platforms it tends to be the young elements who defend him to the hilt, again no coincidence. They've probably only known Rovers under Venkys and all the shower of shite they've served up until TM conjoured up 1 memorable season so it's all they know and cling on to. 

Understandable but they don't see the pattern developing and the little sub plots more seasoned seen it all before fans might see. A change might see a poor season net season and a lower finish whilst a new man beds in his methods. That would be met with derision in some parts, should have stayed as we were etc etc. However you might have 2 or 3 really good seasons after that, that is the gamble yet a lot just like to assume we'll go down again when it really needn't be the case.  The path that lead to that last time was exceptional circumstances all started by the takeover and the instillation of crooks, it was inevitable.

 

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5 minutes ago, tomphil said:

When you look on here it tends to be people from elsewhere around the country or even globe who are Mowbrays biggest defenders. I don't think it's a coincidence it's like that.

Then on other platforms it tends to be the young elements who defend him to the hilt, again no coincidence. They've probably only known Rovers under Venkys and all the shower of shite they've served up until TM conjoured up 1 memorable season so it's all they know and cling on to. 

Understandable but they don't see the pattern developing and the little sub plots more seasoned seen it all before fans might see. A change might see a poor season net season and a lower finish whilst a new man beds in his methods. That would be met with derision in some parts, should have stayed as we were etc etc. However you might have 2 or 3 really good seasons after that, that is the gamble yet a lot just like to assume we'll go down again when it really needn't be the case.  The path that lead to that last time was exceptional circumstances all started by the takeover and the instillation of crooks, it was inevitable.

 

Totally agree with this, any sign of descent on twitter and facebook is shut down by the same old happy with mediocrity brigade, twitter is the same the contrarian cheer leading led by one or two well known rovers fans ( well known on twitter ). Who will see positivise in anything don't go against that grain otherwise the ridicule starts. We have the only fan base that actively doesn't want success because then we have to question the manager when we fail. This is one of the few places where you can debate the club properly rather than be shouted down by people who either never go and live miles away and don't see the damage that's done. Or those that will back the club to hilt and ridicule any suggestion that everything isn't amazing and positive.

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Element of truth in those observations of social media. However, in ‘real life’, at Ewood, TM has always been highly popular, I can only compare the adulation he receives to that of Mark Hughes (!), no one else since Sparky comes close for blind support.

It all leaves me a bit bemused, not withstanding the overall decent job he’s done, but shows what ‘success’ can do to the mindset of fans of a much diminished club, even if that success is second in the third division with a Championship budget. 

But there’s certainly no groundswell of pitch forkers after his head, though it was building in that Barnsley home game. A poor start to next season and that could well change, but Waggott would be well in his rights currently to tell the owners he has the fans onside.

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Just now, Mattyblue said:

Element of truth in those observations of social media. However, in ‘real life’, at Ewood, TM has always been highly popular, I can only compare the adulation he receives to that of Mark Hughes (!), no one else since Sparky comes close for blind support.

It all leaves me a bit bemused, not withstanding the overall decent job he’s done, but shows what ‘success’ can do to the mindset of fans of a much diminished club, even if that success is second in the third division with a Championship budget. 

But there’s certainly no groundswell of pitch forkers after his head, though it was building in that Barnsley home game. A poor start to next season and that could well change, but Waggott would be well in his rights currently to tell the owners he has the fans onside.

a poor start to next season will just be excused - insert any excuse bar blaming the manager. I guess I am guilty to a degree as a match going fan who doesn't want Mowbray out but I think that's more based on A I dont think they would sack him anyway B Its going to be another scrapheap desperado that comes in. If he is ruthless this summer and really tries to re shape the squad then i think that will get quite a lot of waverers back onside

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