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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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No nearer the play offs now than at the same point in the previous two seasons. Soon to be half way through the season and haven't occupied a top six position for more than a few days several months ago.

All the excuses known to man will get trotted out. Reality is we haven't made progress in the areas that really matter. 

Nothing will happen because too many people are comfortable with the good ship Mowbray on course for mid table drift every year.

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For anyone who said "let's see where we are at Christmas", well, we are where we always are, 11th, same points as Preston who had a dreadful transfer window by common consent and whom we were laughing at a few months ago when they gave us Dolan.

Nothing to play for except avoiding any further slide. If you can't beat teams in the relegation zone at home and you can't beat anyone above you, with a squad everyone was delighted and optimistic about, there is only one conclusion---Mowbray Out!

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2 hours ago, andyroversmad said:

When was the last time under Venky's we approached a club and paid compensation for their manager?

Correct me if i'm wrong but it seems like the standard for a manager is set too low and they only target ones that are out of work. 

Never. They were all out of work or internal appointments.

Kean-a crook internally appointed, Berg out of work after leaving lillestrom, Appleton out of work after leaving Blackpool, bowyer promoted from within, Lambert sacked by villa and out of work, coyle sacked (left by mutual consent) by some tin pot MLS side, Mowbray out of work after resigning from Coventry after a 10 match run where only got 6 points. A curtesy he never showed Rovers after similar Mowbray death spirals. 

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20 minutes ago, matt83 said:

Never. They were all out of work or internal appointments.

Kean-a crook internally appointed, Berg out of work after leaving lillestrom, Appleton out of work after leaving Blackpool, bowyer promoted from within, Lambert sacked by villa and out of work, coyle sacked (left by mutual consent) by some tin pot MLS side, Mowbray out of work after resigning from Coventry after a 10 match run where only got 6 points. A curtesy he never showed Rovers after similar Mowbray death spirals. 

Appleton was still employed by Blackpool when Rovers went to approach him. 

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2 hours ago, arbitro said:

It's all so frustrating. Mowbray has got most of the pieces of the jigsaw to get us into a top six position in my opinion but the main factor behind the reason we are not is him. In his nigh on four years here he hasn't come up with a way to beat teams who are prepared to sit in and defend. His current obsession seems to be a passing game but it seems teams have sussed that one and as a one trick pony there isn't a plan B. His stubbornness with playing Gallagher out wide is frankly embarrassing. It's clear to the vast majority that it isn't and won't ever work but it's like he's trying to prove a point invariably though at the expense of the team. Results are everything in this game, they determine the on and off field success and Mowbray is falling well short in his feast or famine tenure

In my view he has run out of ideas, not just him but his coaching staff. He still tries to talk the talk though and some of his interviews do him no favours.

We have gone from stability to stagnation under Mowbray in four years.

 

He's a terrible combination of genuinely thick and stubborn.

Not learning from your mistakes is utterly unforgivable in any profession, in football its even worse.

Everyone can see the issues; playing players out of position, not giving any focus whatsoever on the defence, investing in injury prone players, throwing non favourites under the bus, lying about being on a journey for self preservation etc etc 

Can't stand the bloke now, any favour he did carry for getting the best squad by a distance in League One promoted, has long gone. I really wish he'd just f5ck off, I'd literally take any other option that Venkys stumble across, this is how fed up I am of him.

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Apart from a disastrous run of results similar to his time at Coventry, what will it take for Mowbray to depart ?

Shearer summed up Newcastle fans' frustration on MotD last night - they want their club and team if not winning trophies but to be seen to be competitive and challenging, "not just to be happy just to exist"

Because that's what we're doing at the moment - just existing, going through the motions of playing games, winning a few, losing a few, without any sign of breaking this grinding, frustrating nothingness. 

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Can’t help but feel this season is slipping away in what has been a poor campaign so far. I only see one play off place up for grabs as I’m not convinced Reading will last the pace. For us to get that last place we’d have to be almost faultless which is just very unlikely to happen. It will be more of the same - good runs followed by bad runs.

Credit to TM for the job he’s done and the squad he’s built here but he just doesn’t have the nous to get us into the top 6. We are too easy to score against and always have been in his reign here. I don’t see that changing.

It’s all academic though, he’s not getting fired. He will leave when he wants to leave. 

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30 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

Won't that sort of decision been made at ownership level and out of Waggott's hand? 

It should be but they don't know their Arse from their Elbow.As Rev righly alludes to Waggot and Mowbray appear to have matters sown up...the self preservation society.

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