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Alex Neil -  Young manager sourced by Norwich from Hamilton - Takes them up via play offs beating their hated rivals along the way.  Can't stay up but then gets sacked when they are 8th in the Champ.

With Mark Hughes it boils down to how eager he is to return to management and repair his damaged reputation or if he is happy to relax and wait for something to come along that genuinely excites him.

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12 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

If Hughes does come in, it will be interesting who he bring in on his coaching staff. Question is would he change his coaching staff now or stick by Bowen, etc

It's a nonsense rumour I imagine so not much point speculating

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12 hours ago, Theaxe15 said:

It's never the particularly eloquent who get through is it...?

Unfortunately he started badly by saying he expected Rovers to be promoted this season. I didn't, but I expected us to be in and around the top 6 places and an improvement in the defence. An improvement all round really. We seem to have a better squad and the same results which can only point to the only constant which is Mowbray. The only thing going up is the club debt.

Savage and Sutton admitted they hadn't seen much of Rovers but started mentioning facts like we've scored a lot of goals. You'd have thought the caller would have mentioned the lack of improvement in the defence being the problem - for over 2 years. Spending a lot of money on ineffective forward signings (that he continually played out of position) whilst neglecting a woeful defence.

Perhaps then they'd have understood where he was coming from. To just say I expected promotion doesn't tell the full story.

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I thought that.  I didn't realistically expect promotion but I did expect to see us spending some time in the promotion and playoff slots.  I did expect a consistent challenge for the playoffs to be on the cards.  We might have fallen short, probably would in fact, but every year there is an outsider who gets in there.  That is what I would have hoped for.  Along with a few good, unexpected wins and some decent performances where we really fought for a victory.  What I didn't expect (or in a strange way, I did expect it but hoped I was wrong) was the utter rubbish that's being apparently being served up most weeks, the fact that despite being among the highest scorers we struggle to get a goal in the first half of far too many matches, the fact that if it gets to 70 mins and we haven't scored we turn off the results because we know that it will be Rovers who concede 9 times out of 10.  We'd have no god given right to promotion even if we had the best squad and a great manager. Promotion has to be earned and a lot can be gained by organisation, effort, energy and discipline in roles that suit your players.

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Hughes's Blackburn Rovers coaching staff

Bowen and Hodges are both unemployed at the minute from what I see. 

Niedzwiecki still employed at Reading as far as I can find. 

Hitchcock is working in MLS football for New England Revolution in Boston

Would he bring Bellamy with him?

 

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7 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

Hughes's Blackburn Rovers coaching staff

Bowen and Hodges are both unemployed at the minute from what I see. 

Niedzwiecki still employed at Reading as far as I can find. 

Hitchcock is working in MLS football for New England Revolution in Boston

Would he bring Bellamy with him?

 

I can't see them bringing in Hughes. Robins or Pulis maybe.

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6 minutes ago, chaddyrovers said:

Hughes's Blackburn Rovers coaching staff

Bowen and Hodges are both unemployed at the minute from what I see. 

Niedzwiecki still employed at Reading as far as I can find. 

Hitchcock is working in MLS football for New England Revolution in Boston

Would he bring Bellamy with him?

 

For a man who says we can't afford Carrick, that's a lot of venkys money you spent there Chaddy 

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In my view the manager of any football club is the most important employee. All of our managerial appointments under this lot have, with perhaps one exception been on the cheap. Pretty much all out of work, damaged reputations and fallen stock. For the next appointment they have to push the boat out and get the very best available. When you think how much they have spunked on trash, second rate managers it's scary.

That said I don't for one minute think they will get rid of Mowbray.

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8 minutes ago, arbitro said:

In my view the manager of any football club is the most important employee. All of our managerial appointments under this lot have, with perhaps one exception been on the cheap. Pretty much all out of work, damaged reputations and fallen stock. For the next appointment they have to push the boat out and get the very best available. When you think how much they have spunked on trash, second rate managers it's scary.

That said I don't for one minute think they will get rid of Mowbray.

Until they appoint a genuinely decent manager - whether that be one with obvious upside or an experienced pro who has recent success - I completely disregard the suggestion they have learnt anything significant from their decade of owning the club. It's not like the options haven't been there in the past - Warnock in 2016, McCarthy in more recent times, and plenty of up-and-comers who may be ready to make the step up.

Instead they always go cheap on the managerial position, and not learning the importance of having a solid manager at the helm has been one of their biggest mistakes and the reason we have never gotten anywhere under their ownership. 

The other huge omission from their plans for the club is the implementation of a structure at Ewood which allows the manager to focus on managing and other departments set up to focus on scouting, long-term vision, etc. I've said for a long time the manager should not be dictating our long-term vision, that should be something decided at a higher level and given to the manager as a remit. 

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10 minutes ago, DE. said:

Until they appoint a genuinely decent manager - whether that be one with obvious upside or an experienced pro who has recent success - I completely disregard the suggestion they have learnt anything significant from their decade of owning the club. It's not like the options haven't been there in the past - Warnock in 2016, McCarthy in more recent times, and plenty of up-and-comers who may be ready to make the step up.

Instead they always go cheap on the managerial position, and not learning the importance of having a solid manager at the helm has been one of their biggest mistakes and the reason we have never gotten anywhere under their ownership. 

The other huge omission from their plans for the club is the implementation of a structure at Ewood which allows the manager to focus on managing and other departments set up to focus on scouting, long-term vision, etc. I've said for a long time the manager should not be dictating our long-term vision, that should be something decided at a higher level and given to the manager as a remit. 

Going cheap on the manager makes no sense whatever....unless there are other forces relying on that low status manager to allow them to make signings that have other aims than improving the actual team-the manager's area of responsibility.

The Others-are they still here?

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Man, I know he is a bit of a prick, but hearing Chris Sutton talk, it doesn't even sound like he has idea whats going on at Rovers. My son likes them, why don't you Chris? Seems silly but that hurts a wee bit consider he is a legend at the club. Savage too, just spouting random numbers.  

I remember you use to have to know what you were talking about to be a talk show host......

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11 minutes ago, Fraserkirky said:

Man, I know he is a bit of a prick, but hearing Chris Sutton talk, it doesn't even sound like he has idea whats going on at Rovers. My son likes them, why don't you Chris? Seems silly but that hurts a wee bit consider he is a legend at the club. Savage too, just spouting random numbers.  

I remember you use to have to know what you were talking about to be a talk show host......

I remember Savage responding to a caller, who was complaining about the goings on under Steve Kean.

Savage "But there's still some good people left at the club.....Paul Agnew, for instance?"

They don't do their research, don't allow the callers to talk enough...and it is all about Robbie Savage's Me, me ,me etc

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43 minutes ago, Fraserkirky said:

Man, I know he is a bit of a prick, but hearing Chris Sutton talk, it doesn't even sound like he has idea whats going on at Rovers. My son likes them, why don't you Chris? Seems silly but that hurts a wee bit consider he is a legend at the club. Savage too, just spouting random numbers.  

I remember you use to have to know what you were talking about to be a talk show host......

The only teams Sutton looks out for these days are Norwich and Celtic. 

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Nigel Pearson and Joey Barton managing in the same City, well at least it ought to make the local sports reports down here entertaining. 

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30 minutes ago, Craigman said:

Pearson on way to Bristol City

Amazing as just under a week ago I saw lots of people saying he wouldn't come to a smaller club in the Championship.

It's almost as if they know fuck all and just wanted to run Rovers down.

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