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  1. Just on the train home and extremely pissed off with everything Rovers. The figure head and voice of our club is embarrassing and he should resign. The majority are now waking up to what some of us have been saying for ages. The man is impregnable, untouchable and when I read his interviews it's like he knows it. His words, the performance, and the whole bullshit package will be of no comfort or consolation to me as I climb into bed at 3 am. Mowbray out Fuck off Waggott Fuck off Venky's
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  2. After an 18 month break this was the first long distance midweek trip that I swore I would never do again. Like a fool that needs the drug of following Rovers I crawl into bed at 3.30 am this morning after witnessing another inept performance. I'll readily admit that I was happy with Mowbray for the first 18 months of his time at the club. I felt he steadied a ship that was rapidly sinking. But, like Bob Saxton before him - and I think that are huge parallels between the managers - there comes a point when a change of direction is needed. For me we are long past that point. However, I don't believe that Mowbray is totally responsible for the state this club is in. Those responsible reside on another continent, have little interest in the club and their complete indifference to it is clear for all to see. We are going to lose some of the few decent players we have left because the club refuses to pay the going rate for Championship footballers. So the likes of Nyambe, Rotherwell, Lenihan and Brereton will disappear at some point whilst we bring in more kids like Poveda and Clarkson on loan to fill the ever increasing gaps. Last night's performance was pitiful. I think it was 80 minutes or so before we had a shot on target. Our midfield was non-existent with QPR players able to run 20 yards or more with the ball and challenges were there none. Clarkson looked lost, Danny Butterworth hasn't played any meaningful football for months and then suddenly thrown in and expected to perform miracles with little or no service. The three centre-back system doesn't with Mowbray. It never has and it never will particularly as we don't have the quality of player to make it work. If Ayala ever gets injured we are royally stuffed. Oh for the days of Souness, Kendall or Don Mackay at this level. Guys who knew that you needed seasoned pros who could get the job done. But this is Venky's Blackburn Rovers so we will carry doing the same things year in and year out and nothing will change. For it to change you have to care and in the eleven years they've been here they've never shown the slightest inclination that they care about the club and the community around it. At the moment this club is like a re-run of the late sixties at Ewood with the inevitable relegation just around the corner. The only difference being we didn't have so called billionaire owners in the sixties.
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  3. By not giving contracts to a multitude of non-players in recent years. By getting our money's worth when selling players (even Armstrong was sold short by around £5m on false pretences). £3m for Raya? £3.5m for NZonzi? Cairney? Hanley? Duffy? Even the outgoing Nyambe and Rothwell are worth much more than we will get for them out of contract. By investing in solid young players instead of persisting with older players (we actually do this to an extent, in fairness, but there's no need for Johnson to still be here at the expense of an academy player or a more mobile purchased player). By being better at negotiating contracts. By being more astute with ticket pricing, which generates more income via tickets AND kiosks AND club shop. Actual marketing! I think the £14.60 is the first good marketing initiative the club has had in years! The Oxford promotion game would've had a semi-competent CEO raking in the money for the club. Equally, we should be raking in literally millions in Chilean pesos currently. Sell Chile shirts in the club shop. Sell Rovers streaming to Chilean fans. Sell Rovers shirts (even old ones) to Chilean fans. By finding a sponsor for the Riverside. By maintaining the ground regularly at a low level, instead of paying out for full repairs a year or two later. By making sure a £300k CEO earns his money. Basically if they run the club competently and with a bit of foresight, this club could and should either be more competitive in this league, OR be more profitable/sustainable, and probably both.
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  4. The manager hasn't improved and the squad is worse than last seasons. The budgets have been cut, thats obvious, we couldn't even buy average journeymen in the summer and the contract situations are unprecedented in my 50yrs of watching the club. We sacked the European scout and haven't replaced him. As I understand it season ticket sales are down, walk ups are down too. The ticketing system was knackered at the start of the season, the live stream coverage was broke also. The club shop was closed the weekend before the season started just as we'd launched the new shirt. The grounds a mess, the beers flat and pies are stale, now the clock at the Darwen ends broke. Sponsors have tried in vein to give the club money for this seasons campaign and nobody returns the calls. Thats just off the top of my head.
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  5. Its just so typical and predictable isn't it? Hammer Cardiff, move into the top 6, things are looking pretty good all round. 2 weeks later, shambolic defeats to Huddersfield, Blackpool and QPR and shambolic draw against Coventry. Back into mid table (for now), chopping and changing, absences, injuries, mysterious decisions, right back to square one. This could be 2019, 2020, 2021. It is all a blur. Same process, same manager, same outcome.
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  6. Problem here is, the clubs current league position is probably far more than I expected given the horrendous transfer window, and departure of decent loans and Armstrong from last season. You cannot polish a T###!!! Unexpected bonus's which without we'd probably be sat in the relegation zone. 1. Rejuvenation of Ayala, totally unexpected and gone from zero to first name needed on team sheet. 2. Brereton, his transformation into goalscoring threat has been major, its given the fans something to cling to, whilst masking the awful hash of the transfer window. When we look at what we have cut from the wage bill and what we've spent or more the case not spent, then there is the underlying problem. I dont believe any sort of credible transfer budget was there in the first place. This club and squad has been on a steep decline since we came out of the first lockdown, the need for major investment in the squad was very evident. Would any other manager have us any higher with no funds? I don't think so, but that just my opinion. Its about Managing expectations and after witnessing the poor summer, my expectations were we'd probably go down. Thats not because of the manager, but because of the lack of investment into the playing squad. TM is a symptom of the problem, which has and will always be the owners. They appointed people like Waggott, people like Suhail (come on whats his footballing background?). We have lowest ticket sales since before Jack Walker, and a shocking product. I believe we are currently getting more from our squad, than perhaps we should be. It frustrates the life out of me each game, I will be there again tomorrow probably saying "ffs". Its that frustration that will have me playing football manager stating "Why is such a body not playing" "Why is he playing him wide again" "6.4 and cant head a ball, get him off ffs" "I'd take such and such off and bring on" "More touches than anyone but no end product" "Had 80% of the game, then 1 shot 1 goal and we are chasing game again" "£7.20 For a brew and pie, foooooking scandalous" To put all the above in one sentence it would be: Venkys have and always will be the problem, Their money may aswell be universal credit, it buys food, but will never get you a decent standard of living.
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  7. @MattyCookeX: ‘We travel every week. Wins, draws and losses. 466 mile round trip today and Mowbray went straight down that tunnel. No acknowledgement to the fans, no nothing. We can’t get crowds. Appreciate the ones that do go!! #Rovers’ Ungrateful t*sser Tony.
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  8. You either want to compete at this level or you don’t. If you can’t/won’t pay the going rate for the likes of Darragh Lenihan and believe the team will improve with a squad of academy grads, young lads brought in from the lower leagues and loanees, with minimal senior pros, then go for it, but don’t be surprised when we end up in the same division as Crewe and Lincoln.
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  9. Mowbray is even getting pelters from QPR fans for his approach/comments last night:
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  10. I can't bring myself to read the transcript of his post match interview. But I have seen the headline. Apparently, he had a game plan tonight, and it was to go and frustrate QPR because 'they are such a good side'. This is a manager who has 4.5 years in sole charge of this club, healthy backing, and until this summer has never been forced to sell anyone, yet he considers QPR to be such a good side that our strategy is supposedly to frustrate them. I didn't see much evidence of that, unless Kaminski wasting time on every goal kick counts, and it didn't work, because we lost. This is also such a great QPR side that was struggling for results themselves and not far off us in the table. What a horrific waste of time and money the last 4 years have been if the manager running it still looks enviously upon the likes of QPR, who have had less time and money than he has had to burn through, and even then can't even grind out a bore draw. Last week it was 'oh well, we're still 9th in the table'. I'm guessing the next rung down the ladder will be 'oh well, we're still in the top half' Look at the side below us on GD - Forest - who 3 weeks ago sacked their manager and were winless bottom of the table. Things can change very quickly at this level and we are setting out on another death spiral. The penny dropped a long time ago for many of us but there are still some people who can't see it yet. It will come.
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  11. So sick of this guy. He really is risking Kean levels now with this shit. I really struggle to rack my brain for a time where he took responsibility rather than just talking about how he would if the time came, or blaming players, referees, covid, the schedule, injuries, or fan expectations. Nothing is ever Tony's fault. Even on the very rare occasion he implies the tactics weren't right, he just brushes it off as 'that's hindsight though' as if he isn't paid handsomely to have foresight. He even has the cheek to get defensive when asked any tough questions, even though any normal club would have fired him an eon ago.
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  12. 'Do you want to go back 3 years or 30 years?' Get fucked you smug prick. We're talking YOUR time at Rovers. Y'know relegation, promotion, stagnation?
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  13. I don't think it's too much of stretch to say that we could get relegated if he stays much longer. The club needs to take action now.
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  14. Absolute rubbish. Do you think Venky's fell out with Mulgrew and decided to pay him the thick end of £2m over 2 years to play for Fleetwood? Or decided to pay £5m for Sam Gallagher? Do you think Venky's chose to offer contract extensions to the likes of Evans Bennett and Graham? And temporary contract extensions to the likes of Smallwood and Hart. And a "we feel sorry for you" deal for Ben Gladwin? Do you think Venky's made a conscious decision to let the contracts of the likes of Nyambe, Rothwell, Lenihan, Kaminsky and Brereton run down potentially allowing them to walk away for nothing? Or do you think they trusted Mowbray and Waggott to manage the overall budget over the last few seasons properly and prioritise our better players accordingly? Do you believe the reason that no-one appears to be willing to re-sign is purely financial or at least partly to do with the fact that we currently have a lame duck management team that would never ever take us anywhere if allowed to remain in situ?
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  15. Been a fan since 93, but never been so indifferent to the club as I am now, and that as a awful feeling as a fan. I think the bad run last season is to blame, and it is not because we did not win matches, but it is the lack of action and commitment from the owners. I did not renew my iFollow for this season, mainly because of Mowbray, and so far I have not regreted it. I check the results, but I am not looking forward to the matches as much as I used to do, and usually do some other stuff when we play. Because you will have the feeling, even how bad we will play (again), there is not going to be any change of the manager. It is like a rudderless ship. Weak CEO and and a weak manager. But hopefully he can't be manager for Blackburn as long as he want (or can he?) And our next manager should be Ketil Knutsen btw. Probably unknown to everyone here, but have done wonders with Bodø/Glimt in Norway. Won the league last year and tonight they demolished Rome 6-1! (Mourinho's worst defeat ever I think). The football his team are playing is amazing to watch at times.
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  16. There is a reason that we spend hugely above actual turnover. THE CLUB IS AWFULLY RUN.
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  17. I like where Mowbray says we came to frustrate. He certainly achieved his objective as far as thousands of Rovers fans are concerned.
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  18. The extraordinary part, is that he has kept his job. How he has managed that I doubt we will ever know.
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  19. Mowbray, Venus, Waggott and all the other chancers that have feasted on the body of Blackburn Rovers FC are just a symptom of the disease. What is really killing the club is the wilful neglect of the owners. No if’s but’s or maybe’s.
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  20. Hope this is TM's final game at Ewood. We want Mowbray out.
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  21. "It's very hard to criticise the football club and heirarchy........because they lose 20 million pound a year......" Wtf is this nonsense. That's the exact reason to criticise it. If losing money is the criteria for success he must think Derby County are the best run club in the Country. In fact, at least Derby took the gamble and tried to achieve something, got to a playoff final and it could well have turned out different for them. We lose the money without even trying anything. Like bumping into your pal at the pub: "Had a nightmare today, lost £50 at the bookies, really weird cos I didn't even put a bet on." 🤔 That's how big a losers the club is at the moment, and he's trying to justify it like we're the idiots. Infuriating.
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  22. I'm bereft of words. After my 45 years plus (and I know I'm a baby fan), of devotion, I just can't watch this for much longer. Since the Loons dropped by it's been an utter shitshow. I despise them, the manager, Maggot, Utterly trashed Jack's legacy and is shameful and disrespectful for a family who claim to uphold such values.
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  23. Stupid interview. I’ll summarise to save you reading… States Nyambe played well but goes on to moan about his crossing rather than praise his near perfect defensive display. Witters on a bit. Asks whether new contracts will be agreed rather than answering the exact question that was posed to him, before blaming the pandemic. Continues speaking his rambling thoughts by Asking a few more questions before referencing Brentford. However, he neglected to mention the goalkeeper he flogged them on the cheap who is currently topping plenty of the stat tables in the Premier League. Says he hears supporters singing “sign him up” but he’s not sure who we are on about and besides, we aren’t privy to things that he is, and it’s difficult for the club at the moment. Him, Waggott, Venus and Suhail discuss this on a weekly basis. He finishes with an absolute gem! ”The most important thing is the club doesn’t get put in financial danger!”
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  24. What is ‘extraordinary’ about Blackburn Rovers being mid table in the second division year after year? Such mediocrity wasn’t good enough for us in the 80s when we actually didn’t have a pot to piss in, so why is it now deemed ‘extraordinary’ to be consistently about 13th in the Championship with billionaire owners?
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  25. Another Classic Mowbray interview today, like his interviews have been for nearly a year now, a man who clearly doesn’t want to be here but doesn’t want to leave without getting paid up, the latter is understandable I suppose but fuck me it’s torture for us fans who he clearly doesn’t give a flying shit about by the way. It’s sad because I used to have a lot of respect and admiration for him but that is long gone now! He’s not close to being our worst ever manager that would be to far but without question he is the most miserable, uninspiring and dull man I’ve ever seen, these days especially. Any fire and desire he had for the job is long gone. His current manner makes Gary “right good go” Bowyer look like Kevin Keegan circa 1996. Put the clown out his misery and sack him, I’m not expecting this team to challenge for the playoffs or get promoted any time soon, all I want is a manager with some passion who actually wants to be here and manage our great club.
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  26. The main reason I’d be more than happy with Ainsworth isn’t simply that he’s from Blackburn, it’s that he actually gives a shit about the club. It wouldn’t just be a job to him. He wouldn’t need to make stupid and untrue claims about walking away if he became a burden, he’d actually just do it. He’s one person who would attempt to tell Venky’s a few home truth instead of being all servile and subservient. It’s been us v them since day one. It’d be nice to have one of us in a position of influence. However, our overlords would not like this and would probably bin him within a fortnight.
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  27. A rambling, nonsensical load of bollocks . He talks about the owners 'investing' £20m a year. They are throwing it down a black hole and he is helping them.
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  28. Quite a few QPR fans commenting on TMs delusional post match waffle last night. Seem quite bemused we sat back so much after bothering them in the first 5 mins of the second half. One comment in particular stood out 'does he ever take responsibility for anything or is he always like that ?' Honestly this guy wouldn't last 5 mins at most other clubs.
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  29. It wasn't just the likes of Butterworth and Clarkson who were dire last night Brereton was a big disappointment; he spends more time on his backside complaining to the referee than he does on his feet. He and Gallagher are 2 hulking big lads yet they get knocked off the ball so easily and are totally unable to shield the ball with their backs to goal Rothwell apart from one little run and a shot near the end was anonymous and clearly needs a midfield enforcer next to him to win him the ball. When Travis (who had another poor game) went off we just didn't have one The only players who did put in a decent shift were Nyambe, the left back from Lincoln, and Ayala. The rest just did not turn up as far as I was concerned. Six of us went last night, spending about a collective £300 in tickets, travel costs, food etc. We won't do that again until there is change at the club.
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  30. Go and get Gareth Ainsworth Rovers and let replace Mowbray. We need a manager with fresh ideas, new tactical approach and get us keeping clean sheets
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  31. There isn’t some mass boycott because of the owners and especially not due to Steve bloody Waggott, a third rate administrator who most fans out there wouldn’t know even if he they tripped over him measuring up land down Langho. Though what is undoubtably true is that crowds have collapsed this past decade because of the appalling decision making of the owners from 2010 onwards and the bang average teams we’ve consistently had since. Average team, average (at best) managers, never any chance of a promotion or even a flirtation with the top 6, ever increasing ticket prices (with zero marketing for said tickets), ergo a piss poor atmosphere in a two third empty ground - it’s a vicious circle. Nobody goes because it’s crap, it’s crap because nobody goes.
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  32. If ever we needed any more proof xG is a right load of old bollocks
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  33. I’ve been quiet on here this season, After calling for his head all summer and him not going I said to myself I’ll just try and enjoy being back on games and put that to the back of my mind hoping he goes in May. The sad thing is the first time I ever said and felt the managers time was up here was February 2019 (I think) yet he’s still here. I can’t see him going anytime soon but I’ll be so glad when he finally fucks off. His interviews during that horror of a run last season were of a man taking zero responsibility blaming everyone but himself and his manner was of a man who wanted paying off and putting out his misery, YET HE’S STILL HERE. Honestly, this season is another dead one and fuck me if he gets a new deal I’ll lose my shit, I wouldn’t put it past Venkys. Going straight down the tunnel and not thanking the fans tonight sums him up, the perception of him as a decent bloke with honour is a load of shit. Get Gareth Ainsworth and a new CEO in ASAP. This club is a shit show.
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  34. Ainsworth got Wycombe in the Championship, when they were favourites for relegation from League One. I think even the likes of Klopp, Guardiola and Tuchel would've been hard pushed to achieve that at such a small club. Okay, they fell short and went back down last season after a poor start, but even then they made a decent fist of it, and are now pushing to come straight back. I agree that it isn't wise to appoint purely on a Rovers connection, but in Ainsworth's case I see that as a healthy bonus, rather than being the main reason for appointing him. I do think his personality and enthusiasm would help the club to re-engage with the supporters. It would get me back at Ewood for starters.
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  35. Is his assistant called Boltz?
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  36. I think when supporters of the team that just won a game make statements to the effect of “Your tactics and your manager’s pre and post match statements were a disgrace and you got what you deserved with his attitude but as fans you should be up in arms” it tells us a lot. Bigging up QPR in the way that he did (he pretty much did the same with Coventry at the weekend and has done on countless previous occasions) should be put to him in no uncertain terms by the local journalists. I know a couple of them do use/watch this forum so chaps; Ask him why he thought Blackburn Rovers were so inferior to mid table-mediocre-worst defence in the league - Queens Park Fucking Rangers before a ball was even kicked and whether he thinks that view might have had any impact on his players’ mental fortitude in respect of getting a result. Time to go Tony.
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  37. At a normal club the CEO is in place on merit and is judged by the owners on performance, including results and team performance. Naturally therefore the CEO would keep a close eye on things and ensure that the manager was performing to a particular standard and if targets were being missed or performances not good enough then consideration would be given to making a change, either brought about by the CEO or one instructed by the owners and carried out by the CEO. In circumstances where the players were fed up, disillusioned, not hitting their potential or looking for moves away then the manager would be on borrowed time. In circumstances where large swathes of the fanbase were fed up, disillusioned, attendances plummeting or people considering not renewing then the manager would be on borrowed time. Flip all that on its head at Venky Rovers. Mowbray is bulletproof because the cretins in Pune like him. He has consolidated his position by appointing his chum to the position of CEO who thinks he is god's gift and will never attempt to remove him or be able to. So instead we sit back and watch as our players' heads drop, inevitably look to move elsewhere, attendances collapse and people get completely fed up. But hey, at least Tony gets to carry on. That's the most important thing eh?
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  38. ‘I genuinely thought we would win 1-0 and yet we lost 1-0.’ What fecking game was he watching?
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  39. Yeah, look after yourself, it's not worth it. We didn't sell the club, we don't run the club, we're not the manager and we don't play. The Club is an absolute basket case, but it's not our fault and realistically there's nothing that we can do about it. There's quite a lot of people who contributed to taking us from where we were to putting us into this great bloody hole that were now in, but I doubt any of them feels any shame. It's a crying shame, but you have to look after yourself and not torment yourself thinking about it too much
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  40. I'm not sure what your point is re. the first paragraph. Whether they are big players for our future or not is irrelevant to the point I was making, which was that their contractual situations were such that they were effectively academy deals being upgraded to senior deals, not senior deals being extended or improved which is the issue with Lenihan, Nyambe and co. Discussions were held with Bennett regarding a new deal: https://www.rovers.co.uk/news/2021/may/rovers-confirm-retain-list/ So it was certainly something we were considering or wanting to do, yet off he went to Shrewsbury. I've no issue with that but it is another example of a senior player that the club has tried or considered giving a deal to and not done. Pattern emerging. There is as much evidence to support what I have said as there is to support what you have said. We come at things from different angles. You want to blindly support the party line and believe that good old Rovers are doing things properly, sensibly and that everything they do is correct. I take the polar opposite view - that the place is in crisis, run by liars and incompetents and owners who really shouldn't be here and everything stems from their neglect and mismanagement, and we are just in another phase of mayhem created by them. You might be right, I don't think you are. Keep on putting FFP spreadsheets up it won't change my opinion. My beliefs aren't conspiracy theories anymore than yours are. Infact, on the weight of evidence over the last 10 years I think you are the conspiracy theorist making out that all is well with the world at Rovers when it plainly isn't. I don't trust a word they come out with.
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  41. After a poor standard first half, that was a decent win in the end. Why Mowbray can't just stick to that formation, one that seems to suit the players the most, I'll never understand.
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  42. Can it also be noted no other manager has alluded to comparisons with the Premiership winning team. Not other dross we have had like Ince or Kidd and not even the odious one told such a lie. Just let that sink in - even Mr Dew on the Grass didn't say supporters compared the team to the Premiership winning one.
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  43. He's an example of someone thinking so far outside the box that he's out of his fucking tree.
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  44. Someone posted this on FB, which pretty much sums him up
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  45. Bowyer finished higher in this division than Mowbray ever has or will with Rovers, twice. He wasn't good enough either, but I don't think there's much (any?) evidence to say Mowbray has done better.
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  46. I can't believe we are going to let Nyambe and Rothwell leave for nothing. We won't be getting better replacemens.
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  47. Mowbray out. Venkys out. COYB.
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  48. The trap that the players are the villains of the piece for demanding too much, or that poor Rovers are being constrained by factors beyond their control and that Mowbray and co. are looking after the club by not sorting new deals out. In reality the polar opposite is happening - they are jeopardizing the club by risking and allowing our prized assets to leave for nothing. Take a look at our summer transfer business this year. You really seriously think this mob are capable of replacing Nyambe, Lenihan and Rothwell with better on the same money? You really think they will even be allowed to spend similar money? Fees received? They are leaving on free transfers so we won't get any fees to reinvest, but even if we did it will disappear like the Armstrong cash under the guise of FFP compliance. Convenient how FFP issues always come along as the sales start. Mowbray is a crafty operator I'll give him that. Quite clear which way he is steering the ship now it has become obvious that there won't be new contracts for these players. So the latest strategy is to play on supporters emotions - mention the club and financial danger in the same sentence and many fans will just roll with whatever as long as the club stays in business. Lower than a snakes belly but he'll go as low as it takes to absolve himself and his cronies of blame in the eyes of supporters. The same group of people who gave Ben Gladwin a contract for nothing and have squandered funds in needless contracts and deals. Of course the elephant in the room is that losing prized assets for nothing actually causes more financial damage than it does agreeing to pay them more then selling them 12 months later or getting promoted - but we don't want to talk about that. One question for you Chaddy whilst you are on your FFP obsession - does it not infuriate you that we are (supposedly) under extreme FFP restrictions and looking like losing prized assets for nothing because we can't pay them more when only 12 months or so ago this manager and his mates were dishing out contract extensions to Samuel, Leutwiler and Smallwood? You think that is acceptable?
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