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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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1 hour ago, JHRover said:

The thing that is making a mockery of his identity and slow build drivel is the fact that most of his squad are out of contract in a few weeks. 

 

I swear they built Stonehenge quicker

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Look the slow build was meant to reach fruition this season. It clearly hasn't. I have no doubt he is using Covid as an excuse with Venkys and it comes down to whether they buy that or not. They probably will and give him next season to see out his contract. It will be a relegation battle I imagine. 

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The fact that it hasn't come to fruition isn't really the issue for most, as it was always a very long shot under him anyway.

The fact he wasted an entire season transitioning then has wasted this one with the style hes transitioned to. The fact his 12 million pounds worth of forwards still look worth a third of that combined. The fact we've won just 2 out of 16, dropped like a stone until we finally find a team worse than us we can beat. And the fact he's still here preparing to carry on the same next season....

All those really are the issues.

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You can’t ‘slow build’ in the Championship, there’s too much of an emphasis on a rapid turnover of players and managers. Loanees are a big part of most club’s set ups - the antithesis of a slow build when 4/5 players bugger off back to their parent club every June.

Alas, we have owners that still fundamentally don’t understand the game, so such self serving BS keeps him in a job.

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He was the one who insisted on slow build if his own words a few years ago are to be believed. Now he's giving the sob story the league is being left behind by the parachute money clubs.

It's always been the case and its always been the case you stand still you get left behind.

A right visionary isn't he.

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1 hour ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Look the slow build was meant to reach fruition this season. It clearly hasn't. I have no doubt he is using Covid as an excuse with Venkys and it comes down to whether they buy that or not. They probably will and give him next season to see out his contract. It will be a relegation battle I imagine. 

Wont be much of a battle with him in charge, will it?

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Imagine having to adapt your game to a wide forward when you have all the physical attributes of a CF and because your manager failed to sign players that suit his own system. He should be used as an impact sub and his first touch worked on in training.

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1 hour ago, perthblue02 said:

Looks like Sam the winger project will be ongoing next season is TM is still here

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/19243106.gallagher-has-adapt-mowbrays-wide-striker-role/

The gall of the man is unbelievable. He references a game from 4 years ago as to proof of it's success. I can name a lot more games from.far more recently where it hasn't worked. 

The stats do him no favours either. Only 2 goals from starts in that position show statistically it isn't working. The fact that 5 come as a substitute, which won't all be right wing appearances, also doesn't support that this is a good idea either. So why persevere. 

The man is a pig headed buffoon. 

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The man is a buffoon but he's also a crafty sod who is very consciously painting an image of continuity and "as you were folks" into the minds of supporters.

A few more weeks of this and a couple more wins in the dead rubbers and it won't need much for him and his acolytes behind the scenes to cart on into another season, claiming that there is a process underway, continuity is needed, development is in progress. 

Not long ago it was a case of getting through the games and then reviewing things in the summer when a parting of the ways would suit all concerned. Prepare yourselves for a shift away from that with a series of interviews like this one to implant reluctance to seek change and convince people that no other manager could match Mowbray's performance and journey.

It would be almost funny if those behind the scenes didn't actually believe it.

By end May there will be no question about the manager's future and the only question will be whether we fans are prepared to tolerate another year of it or cough up another £450 to have the p*ss taken out of us again.

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8 hours ago, Hoochie Bloochie Mama said:

I'm sure Sharpe and Mowbray are now delighting in seeing how many different ways they can come up with to take the piss out of the fans.

Mowbray: I've come up with a a unique new way of bridging the gap between us and the Club's with parachute money!

Sharpe: What is it Tone?

Mowbray: You have to have "an identity!" Everything else just falls into place like magic!

Sharpe: Brilliant Tone! You're too good for me mate!

It's absolutely meaningless, the two things are completely unrelated., talk about a non sequitur. The only mystery is how the LT let him get away with it time after time.

You honestly couldn't make this load of old cobblers up and you haven't been able to for quite some time. The only straw I'm grasping onto is that maybe he knows he's gone already and simply doesn't care what he says anymore.

Even then he should be showing the Club a great deal more respect than he has been doing.

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i think our tony has a massive ego in the managerial sense and compares himself to the very top level,of course he is`nt very good and when it does`nt go right,he blames everyone and everything else for his shortcomings,he`s well shoehorned in at rovers,it`s a dream job for him,only way we`ll be rid is if he either dies,decides himself that he wants to go or some club even more insane than ours decides they want him

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Just to point out Brentford - that massive club we one day aspire to be like - have got through 3 managers in their revolution. Warburton, Smith and the current chap. If Brentford are such a food model then surely that shows losing the manager isn't the be all and end all of said identity and chances. 

Why does no one in the media pull him up on his drivel. 

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2 hours ago, Blue blood said:

According to TM the only two ways are build an identity through a manager OR sack a manager every time they lose a few games and start again. 

Radical school of thought but how about the new manager comes in and y'know does well and gets success. Why is that not even an option? TM hasn't mentioned that which is surprising as that has happened at a number of clubs. Strange - almost as if he isn't trying to present a balanced view. 

Also the £100 million is a lie. Ask Sheffield United, look where Barnsley Reading and the mighty Brentford are. 

Forked tongue whenever he speaks. 

I think he's right - let's try building an identity with another man in charge. 

Toodles Tony.

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It would be nice if someone had the brains and balls to point out some of this stuff to him when the verbals are spilling out unchecked.

The way Brentford are set up and run allows managerial changes without too much uphevel. Similar probably at Barnsley another of his 'inspirations', then there's Leeds who had to move through a few to get one good enough for promotion.

We can also chuck in Sheff Utd who got a manager who bounced them through from lge 1 to the Prem. Now he's gone as they look to regroup and go again.  Then there's a team called Middlesbrough who had to sack an under performer in order to take the next big step forwards.

He might have heard of that one. The propagandagraph wouldn't dare point any of this out though. Maybe they know it's pointless because unlike the afformentionds he has the inside of this club stitched up just how he wants it.

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35 minutes ago, Blue blood said:

Why does no one in the media pull him up on his drivel. 

Locally... advertising.

Nationally... they couldn’t care less.

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Our approximate first X1 under Hughes:

Friedel

Emerton Samba Nelsen Warnock

Bentley Savage Tugay Pedersen

Roberts McCarthy

Cost less than £20m to compete in Europe. Mowbray would have us believe it takes 5x that to get into the Championship playoffs? Pull the other one, it's got bells on it

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41 minutes ago, Bigdoggsteel said:

Annoying man. Some of the comments here are a new low, even for him. Never going up under this eejit. He is getting his excuses ready for next season already. He's a loser. Out out out 

https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/19244103.tony-mowbray-rovers-face-challenge-even-venkys-spending/

We'd better hope to god he isn't here next season as he appears to have written it off already looking at that.

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