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  1. We were promised a big name signing and here he is.
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  2. I’ve recently rejoined the Rovers Trust board. We had a board meeting last week were all these things were discussed, amongst other issues. Clearly the Trust needs to be a lot more active and visible - this will come. We are working on a number of things, and this thread and the ideas are now being shared with the board. Trust hat off, this is me speaking personally… I’m infuriated by the clubs total disregard for the rules around fan consultations, and I’m going way back before COVID here. They have never fully met the standards set out by the EFL, and it’s only the toothless nature of, and reluctance to accept any responsibility by the EFL that has prevented punishment against the club for their failings. As a start, fans could individually pressure the club into holding the proper, inclusive meetings with the owners or their representatives twice annually as they are duty bound to do. Of course the second part is getting organised and enough people there willing to ask tough questions, rather than being happy to be regaled by Mowbray (who shouldn’t even be there). Trust hat back on… there are moves taking place. I don’t want to sound like Waggott with the whole “we will look into it”, but the ideas outlined here will be taken on board. We need to be far more open in our activities and let our members know exactly what’s going on - I’ll strive to ensure that happens.
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  3. Just to clarify: We were told we would fill all the loan spots. We were told we had at least 6 striking options on top of Obafemi and cash was available. I would suggest that as we failed with at least 6 different strikers - some of whom have signed for other Championship clubs - that whomever did the negotiating should be sacked immediately. Simply. It's F****** pathetic.
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  4. We are clearly losing our supporter base and fast.A new low under the dreaded tenure of Venkys happened tonight I believe....we experienced our lowest league gate at Ewood since it was rebuilt some 28 years ago.Apathy within the Town is clearly at an all time high since the dark days of the mid 80's. Blackpool(with all due respect) had some two thousand more on Bloomfield tonight,let that sink in. A decade of owner negligence,lack of supporter/owner interaction coupled with a CEO who appears to have little connection nor understanding of the local demographics of the Town and then you throw in a Manager well past his welcome and you have a recipe for disaster...you reap what you sow. To see Ewood so empty is a heartbreaker,this is not what JW wanted.A radical change of direction is needed within the corridors of Power at Ewood before It's too late. Genuinely worried and saddened at events unfolding.
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  5. Wasn't long ago we were pointing at Wigan and Bolton as examples of local clubs that we could end up like if Venkys walked away. Now they are spending more than us in the division below and getting more on watching. Wasn't long ago we were being told that we were doing things differently to the past and were building slowly but sustainably, ensuring the club had assets to fall back on. That now looks like a sick joke when you consider what we have left under rapidly expiring contracts and complete dependence on cheap loans to fill out the squad. Wasn't long ago Mowbray was talking about taking a few years to get us into shape for promotion to the Prem. Now I think most of us would be relieved if we limped our way to survival and even the most optimistic have set their ambitions at 'mid table'. Wasn't long ago we were being told that our new, steady, sensible, sustainable approach was the right thing to do to put us in good shape for the future and protect the club from the perils of FFP, whilst all those other silly clubs spending big money would suffer the consequences of sanctions. Here were are having been under an embargo and then since being released from that embargo have effectively been under a self-imposed embargo resulting in an inability to address glaring issues in the squad. Ever get the feeling that you've been had hook, line and sinker? The only folks to profit from the last 3 years appear to be Mowbray, Waggott, the staff and favoured players lavished with lucrative contracts. The club and fans certainly don't have much to show for it. Unless dire football and bottom half Championship is your thing.
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  6. At Rovers there are no wingers. Just strikers you haven't met yet.
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  7. Didn't really know the thread to stick this in. Some of you may know I run an account on Twitter called RoversAnalytics. Well as I posted there earlier today, I've taken a role at SPL side Heart of Midlothian in the 1st team recruitment department and will have to step away from running that account. I will also have to take a step away from posting on the board also. Thanks to anyone who supported that channel and enjoyed the stuff. Data isn't/wasn't for everyone and that's understandable, but I hope I at least created some conversation regarding it! 🙂
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  8. The first game ever for my Grandson today. He is aged 7 and been brainwashed by me. Hope we can get a win for him.
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  9. So let me get this straight - we had money for a ST to replace Armstrong, didn't replace him and instead signed a LB. We didn't send any of our youngsters out on loan to actually develop and instead signed other youngsters to block there development? Whilst they sit in the reserves stagnating in there development. Am I getting this right? Mowbray Waggott and Venus genuinely don't give a shit about this club.
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  10. Am I being OTT by suggesting how this situation has played out requires a statement by the owners and recruitment team?
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  11. The reason we were too deep is because he decided to go with a back 7 and couldn't get out. He is an imbecile.
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  12. The Club have claimed that they cannot convene a shareholders meeting this year because of Covid. Meanwhile in the very same building they have been promoting and holding comedy nights, bingo, England EURO games and of course allowing thousands of fans to attend fixtures and hospitality. I think this sums up the contempt, lack of respect and ignorance they have for the supporters and giving them a platform to ask important questions.
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  13. So what will be the statement tomorrow? 1. We tried, but wow the wages that these players are on we couldnt get to 10% and that was just on loans. 2. These loans are not free, we've brought in 4 players and the owners have backed us all the way. 3. We looked at a few, the money was there, but they were not right for this club. 4. I've challenged Sam and Ben to make that striking role their own. Its always been the plan, we did it with Arma, he played wide in the early days but then we moved him into his favoured position and reaped the benefits. With the loan additions in wide areas, the time for Sam and Ben is now. 5. Look everytime i've asked for that bit extra in funds the owners have always supported me, on this occasion the money was there, but we just couldnt get the one we wanted, the valuations were crazy. 6. Look we have the January window and we've kept our key players, Dacky is to come back, and then we have some good young players chomping at the bit.
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  14. As things stand, i'd settle for a chinese, japanese, korean player of some sort. Purely on marketing alone, and shirt sales it would generate money, probably get a few bums on seats too. Why???? Our current strategy is a painful death, with the contract scenario of so many of our so called better players, where does next seasons cash injection come from? Where is our next £5 million plus player sale? We are loaning players, so stifling any opportunity to unearth another saleable asset. We will need to cut the wage bill again at the end of the season, just to open the doors. This short term planning is madness, we are basically running insolvent, more going out than coming in with "stevie wonder" in the boardroom. These clowns need holding accountable, "sack the board, sack the board". Stealing a living, with zero business or football plan of where we are going. Whats the 3,6,9,12 month plan? What does year 2, 3 and 4 look like? They dont have a clue. We are literally rummaging around for loanees to make up our squad numbers. Regardless of how good or bad these players turn out to be, how does this sustain our existence? These are not worrying times, these are critical times
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  15. Thats a load of tripe.... sorry but being an apologist is part of the problem not the solution. These journo's don't work for free, they may have come on a podcast for free, but as they had no news to report, they didnt have anything better to do. History suggest that communication with the owners has and always will be via the media. Nick Harris had it spot on, Henry Winter the same, and Andy Cryer also pulled no punches when he wanted to. We appear to be going back to the tea and biscuit communication, no wonder the club has no direction. Thousands of supporters didnt surrender their time and dedication to rid the club of corruption for others to just sip tea and accept second best. Jack Walker gave us hope, these idiots have not at one junction respected the legacy or what a football team means to a community like blackburn. Supporters who have been there for decades through the thick and thin, come rain or shine feel a totally disenfranchised from the club they were born into. The ticket sales alone show how far we've fallen. On its current path the club is looking closer to a return to league 1. We can sit back and say "oh well" we reported a non event transfer window, or we can get a bit of fire in these bellies and make our displeasure known.
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  16. Sorry, the above is absolute rubbish imo, we're only 4 games in!!! 1) The financial hole we are in is entirely down to Mowbray's mismanagement of the Club's resources. 2) Him and Waggott are also responsible for not safeguarding the Club's position as regards our better players because Mowbray by his own admission had some (imo misguided) notion he didn't want to upset the rest of the squad. As a result apart from having to let Armstrong go for less than his true worth we face the prospect of another £30m or so worth of talent walking out of the door for nothing. 3) The last 3 years on the pitch have been imo some of the worst I've seen in 50 years of watching the Club bearing in mind the very generous financial backing he's had. 4) He brought an atrocious CEO into the Club to watch his back in Waggott then the pair underhandedly tried to flog off part of the Club's infrastructure on false premises that Cat 1 Academy Status could be maintained. Then they were forced into an embarrassing climb down. 5) He's brought another pal into the Club as Head of Recruitment who seems incapable of unearthing a suitable permanent transfer target we can get over the line. "There's a chance we'll be looking back fondly at the days of Mowbray!" Sheesh, give me a break! It will be a day for extremely joyous celebration when the toxic trio of him Waggott and Venus finally leave the Club.
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  17. Am I alone in being absolutely sick and fed up and bored stiff of this whole farce? The club is an embarrassment. I remember the good old days when we used to be better than the likes of Leeds. Better first team, better academy, above them in the pecking order. Yes, that was the case not 20-30 years ago but 4-5 years ago. We used to turn up at their ground and outplay them. Recently. Now we are gratefully accepting Leeds' kindness in allowing one of their youngsters out to us for the season. I suspected as much when we got Leeds to come to Ewood pre-season - I knew they would have their hopes pinned on Leeds returning the favour by sending someone our way for the year. Some call this good management. I call it corner cutting. Reading the Leeds' Director of Football comments on the move: "We feel Ian can make an impact here in the future and we've been very impressed with how Blackburn have developed players such as Harvey Elliott at Liverpool" Life comes at you fast doesn't it? As I say, only a few years ago we were better than Leeds, now they see us as a destination for their kids to go and develop. Some people might be impressed or happy at the Leeds' director of football seeing us as a good place to send their prospects. I'm not impressed or happy with it. I think all it does is highlight how they have rapidly progressed and how we have rapidly regressed in the space of a few years to the extent that they are now a million miles ahead of us. This is the way Venkys and their stooges want us to be. Basically a farm for the big boys down the road to send their prospects to develop then take back and enjoy the benefit of. If that's the way you want to do business so be it. But there won't be many more Adam Armstrong fees and there certainly won't ever be a promotion off it. I can't accept that.
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  18. This is nothing new under Mowbray. 1 defeat in 8 could easily be followed by 1 win in 8. Whether we’re in the middle of the former or the latter run my opinions of him don’t change. He is not good enough to manage rovers.
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  19. Parked the bus and tried to hit them on the break when 2-1. Brought Magloire on and put Pickering and Nyambe at wing back. Instead it invited more pressure from Luton who were already working their socks off for any chance. Then did hit them on the break but neither Brereton or Gallagher could get the ball in the net. Went down other end, Luton goal. If I owned Rovers I’d take Tony into the office, lock the door, tell him exactly what I thought in great detail using some quite strong language along with some sexual swearing. When he left the office he wouldn’t be Rovers manager. That was textbook Tony Mowbray. His entire time managing Rovers in the championship encapsulated in 30 minutes. Lots of running about, unfathomable decisions, not much to show for it.
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  20. Winning matches and seeing your club at the top of the table is the best entertainment.
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  21. If they were dark days what on earth do you call the last 10 years since he left?!
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  22. The only things to surprise me today are the number of people who expected us to go and bring in a permanent striker today, and the curveball of then spending a fee on another LB, low down our list of priorities. I've always believed they were having us on and once again for all the talk there's little action to back it up. In my opinion, it was always an extremely unrealistic prospect and the people at Rovers knew this from the outset. Mowbray said as much for weeks on end until suddenly performing an about turn and claiming, bizarrely, that there might be some cash but that it would only be available for a CF. More nonsensical comments given we have now spent for the second window running on a LB but nowhere else in the team. Laughable when you look at the number of outgoings and cash brought in. All in all a complete failure of a transfer window, overseen by charlatans in Mowbray and Waggott. The sum total of their efforts is to bring in a LB from League 1 and 4 kids on loan. That is an absolute shambles both from a squad strength and business perspective, combined with failure on new contracts leaves us staring down the barrel. Even if we survive in the Championship this season we will reach next summer with no squad, few assets and an impossible task. A disgrace and a dereliction of duty from those running the club in allowing this situation to develop. All hail the Venkys though, at least they haven't left us like Bolton and Wigan (both of whom have spent more than us this summer). The icing on the cake now will be the sneaking out of Mowbray's contract extension. It is bound to happen. Anything other than a relegation battle this season will be portayed as a managerial masterpiece on Mowbray's part, next summer will require another huge rebuild and he will be painted as the best and only man deserving of that opportunity. He's the perfect manager for these wretched owners. Covers for them, praises them, never moans, gets on with it grateful for a job, will work with whatever rubbish they decide, play the 'leasing players' game and even hoodwink people into believing they are trying to spend but unable to.
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  24. It's very simple - I think we are a very poorly run club from top to bottom.
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  25. In this 'worst football in the last 50 years' debate, its difficult to define. Personally I find the slow, sideways passing that went on for much of the last two seasons very tedious and unentertaining, but as others have pointed out, even since Venkys rocked up we have had horrific spells under the likes of Appleton, Coyle, Kean and even Lambert. Prior to that Brian Kidd, Jim Iley and John Pickering served up some almighty dross, all within the past 50 years. Ultimately, at the end of the day football is a results game and we won just 2 out of 17 in one spell last season - that's pretty fucking shit by anyone's standards and bearing in mind the laborious sideways tedious 'possession' game we were deploying during that period I can certainly see why some posters hold their view of it being as bad as anything they have seen.
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  26. I know little about the Issa brothers but you do NOT have to be a fan of a club to own and run it well. You have to have business sense coupled with an understanding of the demographics of the town and surrounding areas, a willingness to engage with fans and those who have the best interests of the area at heart, and a desire to learn fast to get the best you can. A successful football club brings benefits to the town. Shops round Ewood pick up trade. The whole wider area benefits. I remember moaning about Newcastle fans taking over Clitheroe when we played them, but it brought trade to the town when they came here for pre match drinks. Owners who are fans is a nice idea but let's get good owners first then let them fall in love.
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  27. I genuinely think we need to start holding Waggott, Mowbray, Venus and Park to account. We need to put together a well thought out statement and put pressure on, after an absolute shambolic transfer window not replacing 28 goals. There was zero plan, blocking youth development by signing loans and then not loaning them out. How do we start putting pressure on the awful management we have seen this past year. 2 wins in 17 last year and not one bit of pressure on Mowbray. How do we get traction with statements etc etc? @glen9mullan @RevidgeBlue@RoversTrust
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  28. Can't say I'm disappointed as even if we did make decent signings I wouldn't trust Mowbray to utilise those signings to improve the team. Until he's out the door it doesn't really matter, and arguably you could say the same for the owners.
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  29. Not at less than £1m , be better off keeping him for the season. We'd also be better off getting rid of Mowbray and bringing in a manager that rates him rather than losing the player for peanuts.
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  30. This was a decent point and against a wily old operator in Warnock. Despite not being the best side, and under the cosh at times, the fact that we did leave with something hints at a growing resilience which was completely absent in the second half of last season. I think Mowbray got his line-up right, but alas couldn't help by ruining it a little later, more of that in a moment. Man of the Match - I'm going to give this to Sam Gallagher, who was a nuisance throughout and earned us the point with his strike. He had some commanding runs as well, showing a turn of pace allied with strength and, you can tell that when he goes get moving that he worries the opposition. He's also a handful at other times. Even when his first touch goes awry (and it certainly happens quite a bit) then he's at least giving the opposition backline something to think about, keeps them on their toes and wears them out a little. As soon as Tactics Tony went into Blinkered Tony by putting him on the wing for the final half hour, we didn't look the same threat. MOTM was between him and Ayala, but I think Sam deserves it as, unlike him, he hasn't played Ayala out of position for years and generally done his incompetent best to undermine his confidence and understanding of his role as a footballer in our team. It doesn't matter how many times you tell a chicken that it's a eagle Tony, it's still gonna be chicken. Ayala = our player of the season so far, however, he's been a huge part of our resilience and new-found ability to grind out results. New Players - Poveda started well and looked lively, but again it's hard not to wonder what the point of Harry Chapman at Rovers is...he was sent on loan and did well, but still doesn't get a league start. Poveda waltzes in and is immediately on the wing. Why renew Chapman's contract? Why send him out on loan? Clarkson was weak and, again, makes one wonder why the likes of Butterworth and Davenport get so few chances, or if Buckley is deemed so highly then why not keep him in the team? He was certainly better when he came on. The two lads will no doubt improve, but by the time they're hitting their stride they'll be back at their clubs, who will gain from us developing them while our own kids while still be there, waiting and waiting for an opportunity. Neither look like another Harvey Elliot, to be honest. Tactics Tony Tony put Sam up front! Sam worried the opposition! Sam was a handful! Sam even scored a wonder goal, which to be fair none of us would have predicted. But we all would have predicted he'd cause more problems up there than a Dolan or a false nine, which he did! After being our most dangerous player, Tony moved him out to the wing! Is that one step forward and two steps back or two steps forward and one step back? Nobody ever knows with Tony, we do know he's not the quickest in seeing the obvious, but is he a bit slower or a bit quicker on the uptake than we think? We have a championship-standard striker in Gally, play him there. Not a top-quality standard player like an Armstrong, a Toney or even a Keiffer Moore, but he'll do the job and always be a handful. Keep playing him there Tony and stop screwing up his career like you're doing with Chapman. Nyambe a big loss We missed Nyambe badly and Carter was willing and tried hard, but his inexperience showed today. His first yellow was reckless and totally needless, meaning there was always a decent chance of a second. The second was a tiny bit harsh, but don't still be sticking your foot in the air like that when you're on a yellow. Overall Overall, we have to be happy with the result, even though the performance wasn't great. Ben got himself into some great positions, but his finishing was poor today and it looks like he could really benefit from his enforced rest over the international break. After his Copa America exploits, he's probably not had a moment to sit back and relax. As for result...we would have lost that last season, especially in the second half of the season. Determination is there and so is a willingness to dig deep. Ayala has been a big part of that and having a fit Travis is another aspect to it. Message to Tony: Football's not rocket science, so stop playing big lummox strikers on the wing and nippy wingers as target men. Decent start to the campaign, overall. I'm very much TM out, but he's obviously not going anywhere and we'll hear about his new "rolling" one-year-forever contract whenever they feel like telling us, but at least the toxic atmosphere around the club has started to lift. And that's, at least, something! COYB!
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  31. You can put a spin on loaning players from Liverpool, City and the like. Loaning them from Brighton is a sad indictment of our current state.
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  32. The crack is, at ewood, Waggot is a very, very poor, and self indulged leader. The vast majority of staff believe or should I say don’t believe in, Steve leading the club, hence so many jumping ship, granted some have been genuine and taken up good roles to further their careers, but the other half have simply become fed up with life at ewood. how do I know this? Only because I know a couple of people at the club. I’m only saying this because as we know people will ask, how do you know? I broke the new signing news this morning about 7am after finding out at about 1am, yes I’m that sad to wake up at 7am and post, and that was before the LET and Myers, just to prove I do have some little know how of the club going ons, as I have in the past, I will always post thing I know or believe believe to know. That is the state of the club, it is simply in disarray. I also know that Phil whatever he is called, is correct, rovers did source other managers, they aren’t all correct who he mentioned, but 2 are. So he obviously does know a football manager. Tony also knows of this now, make of that what you will, any normal manager would have gone.
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  33. Leeds fans thought Douglas was class. Plus they're scum. Fuck Leeds fans.
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  34. Barnsley away is a fixture that holds a special place in my heart. 30 years ago a visit to Oakwell marked my first proper away fixture, my only previous experience of away games being Lancashire cup ties at Blackpool and Preston. There was a big game feel that day and Rovers turned out in numbers with the season reaching the business end, as well as offering us a chance to get a first glimpse of what seemed like our 25th new signing of an extraordinary season. The more cynical onlookers suggested that Duncan Shearer had only been bought to neutralise the threat of Swindon Town in the promotion race, but we didn’t care. Since Newell has been carried off as we battered Newcastle at Ewood, things hadn’t been clicking, and it only took 25 minutes for the signing to look inspired. A long diagonal ball from Alan Wright was flicked almost perfectly into Shearer’s path by Barnsley defender under pressure from Speedie, and he steered it in on the turn. A chant that would become commonplace in about 6 months time rang out, but that was this particular Shearer’s only real contribution in Rovers colours as he joined the failed attempts to replace the injured Mike Newell Club with Roy Wegerle over his 6 appearances. Some pretty crap defending later and we’d conspired to lose the game 2-1, this fixture being the second of 6 defeats on the bounce and part of a longer wretched run of form the modern day Tony Mowbray might even struggle to survive. It all worked out ok in the end though. Shameless plug - re-live this game and this season, as well as many others, set to a soundtrack of the day withSound of the Season at Rovers Radio - select PODCAST from menu Barnsley’s own moment in the sun came 5 years later as a second place finish took them to the top flight of English football for the first, and to date only time in their 134 year history. Under Danny Wilson, Barnsley developed a much admired and very successful passing style, and Neil Redfern proved a much more effective spearhead of their attack than the fat Dingle they binned off - I can’t see the Padiham Predator playing for anyone where it’s just like watching Brazil! Our next trip to Oakwell came in November 1997, for what was a real game of two halves. After ourstrong start to the season, a Sherwood goal in the opening period we completely dominated led me to believe a win would be routine. However, Barnsley’s second half display was at times sublime… all one and two touch stuff, little flicks, brilliant movement, spectacular efforts, and we came away grateful for the point knowing there was more than a little truth to the chants. Fast forward. Last year represented Barnsley’s best ever finishing position since that solitary Premier League season. A fifth place finish and a narrow defeat over two legs in the playoff semis making a mockery of the narrative that you can only reach the top 6 by being a “big club” or spending big money. Their owner, Chien Lee also has stakes in 5 other clubs scattered throughout Europe and iscredited, if that’s the right word, with bringing a “Moneyball” approach to his clubs. Andy Holt was battering him and this approach on Twitter this morning. The multi ownership is worrying, but football has to be unique in its constant search for and celebration of “investors”, but then complain when they look for a return… but I digress. At ground level, it’s a bit more nuanced. While their style may have suggested an analytical andstatistical approach, playing the percentages is nothing new. The signing of Daryl Dike, a catalyst of their good form in the second half of the season,also flew in the face of their supposedly rigid model. Yes, he’s young, but his loan was never going to become permanent after a $20 million buy out clause. For the past couple of years though their recruitment has been far reaching, picking up young players cheaply from all over the place. Valerien Ismael was an inspired appointment, andreplacing him was always going to be a tough task. Markus Schopp hasn’t had the easiest time of it so far with injuries (and Visas!) and results have been, at best, mixed. Expect them to play a 3-4-3 formation with Cauley Woodrow at the top, but the team and tactics have not been settled thus far, so the rest is anyone’s guess. They play Stoke tonight which might give some inkling. Mowbray must have been given some food for thought after the Hull game. The Armstrong shaped hole hasn’t been addressed, and I expect we will see various different solutions throughout the season. I’d like to see this line up against Barnsley: Kaminski Nyambe Lenihan Ayala Pickering Travis Rothwell Dolan Butterworth Brereton McBride I know there is no chance, but we obviously lack a centre forward, apart from Gallagher who is injured and of questionable quality particularly for our style of play. Elsewhere on the pitch we seem to haveenough options, or at least we will when some of the injuries return, but Armstrong going has left a void. Hal Robson-Kanu anyone? The back 4 and midfield picks itself, though I have been impressed with Buckley so far, but not as a wide forward. Prediction: Score draw. Our last two performances haven’t been without their issues, but a 4 point return added to our early season haul has given us a points tally far greater than I’d have expected at this stage. With the transfer window now out of the way, and a manager who is going nowhere for the moment, we arewhere we are. It’s great to see we actually have some really talented players and a team who are easy to get behind for 90 minutes - I plan to switch off from all the other shite and do that on aSaturday. That’s not to say that everything at the club is wonderful, far from it. Our pathetic CEO ought to have a look at how Barnsley, a minuscule club in comparison to Rovers, are now averaging higher attendances than us. A fantastic early bird season ticket offer (that had run its course way before Waggott thought about putting ours on sale), providing real value will have helped.
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  35. Whilst your maths is clearly correct I am firmly of the other view. Say we broke even at 10,000 fans selling tickets at £20 or £30. (Though we would clearly gain extra fans) Mum or dad brings their young children. Of those extra fans, how many pies, cokes, hotdogs, burgers, scarfs, programmes*, autograph books would they sell... not to mention the alcohol for the parents. It's the short sightedness of ticket sales alone which is what makes Waggott a fucking pleb. Biggest mistake my dad ever made was allowing me and my sister to tag along with him and my uncle to a Rovers game when I was 7... dad wasn't even a fan, just wanted something to do that day and no other team was an option. I was hooked from that day and we've had a season ticket ever since, spending £10 every match day. (30 years basically). Not to mention the calenders, shirts, bedding, clocks, etc I've begged to own. You think my dad would have spent an additional £60* taking his two children to a Rovers game with Waggott Tax? Cheaper tickets = More (young) fans. More young fans = more food, drink, merchandise sold. Young fans get hooked, fall in love, and beg to come back... spend money. Or we have Plan B. Charge £30.
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  36. I'm blazing at this awful excuse for a manager we have. We were quite comfortable at the time so he brings in a defensive midfielder for an attacking midfielder and then goes to a back five which must have delighted that little shit of a manager from Luton. We just invited pressure from then and we predicted that Luton would equalise due to our managers fear and absolute negativity. Why didn't he go pretty much like for like and bring Butterworth on for Buckley? Instead his one change necessitates several positional changes and a change of shape. Then he decides to go to a back five (to remind you we were playing Luton at home) handed the initiative to Luton who bombarded us with crosses from deep. We looked comfortable until he decided he knows best and completely screwed up. I'm so pissed of with him tonight as he has cost us two points I believe.
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  37. We have been going in Blues Bar for many years. 1. Prior to this year Season Ticket Holders only 1 pound only entrance. 2. Jugs of ale available 12 pounds before 1pm, 13 pounds after 1pm (4 pints per jug) 3. Before 1pm seating available on most occasions but plenty of people in. After 1.30 - full 4. On many occasions queues outside waiting to get in after 1pm. 5. Waiting time approximately 5 mins for service at the busiest times. Experienced bar staff - no hassle. 6. Food available at sensible prices. This year: 1. No jugs of ale available, high prices for pints 2. Waiting time in excess of 20 minutes for service 3. Staff untrained, couldn't even find credit card machine. 4. Wanted a coffee, guy behind bar did not even know they sold coffee or how to do it. 5. Now want to charge 3 Pounds for entry and allow entry to anyone after 1pm. 6. Some staff can't even pull pints of beer correctly. Absolutely rubbish service. Bank Holiday Monday we went to Clitheroe FC . Two people behind bar serving everyone. Had the new bottom-filled glasses (as at Wembley and Tottenham) approximately 5-10 second to pull a pint. What the hell is going on at the Rovers when a clube like Clitheroe can have modern technology to serve people quickly and politely and Rovers can't cope (or won't cope) with their members? Season Ticket Holder watching Rovers for over 70 years, paid for my Season ticket last year but did not get to see a match, didn't complain. Rovers needed the supporters' help and this is how they treat us. Something sadly wrong. so sad!
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  38. A family lineage to Teesside?
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  39. Isn't everybody a winger when they sign here?
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  40. A good point in the end. I thought we looked better after we brought our three subs on. I suspect Championship football is going to come as a shock to Poveda and Clarkson who looked completely lost at times. We desperately need seasoned pros who can put themselves about or we are going to get bullied in this League on a regular basis. I thought we looked better with Buckley and Dolan who at least put themselves about. Gallagher looked better in the middle, worked hard and scored a cracking goal. Brereton was awful and for a so called international footballer his first touch is shocking. I thought Ayala was excellent again in the centre of defence and we desperately need to keep him fit. Eight points from the games we've had is a decent return considering the squad we have.
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  41. This is absolutely unacceptable. Second best at home to fucking Hull City Pack your bags Mowbray, absolute clown.
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  42. I live in Texas, and I have only been to Ewood once (Sept., 2019), so my opinions may not be valid. If they are, I am too far away to be of much use, but I love the club, so here goes: I am 59 years old. I am a fan of two professional teams, the Dallas Cowboys, and Blackburn Rovers. I have been a fan of the first since my first recollections, in 1968. I have been a fan of the 2nd, only since 2013, but I am objective enough to see the main problems of both, in spite of my fan status: The owners & mgmt team. Both clubs last hit Paydirt the same year-1995. Cowboys had the same owner, but his Prez & GM status wasn’t the same then, player personnel decisions were split with Jimmy Johnson, who was the real author of 3 SB titles (even though “Smoking Guns “ Switzer won one of those). I believe the Cowboys are variously touted as one of the top two or three valued pro franchises in the world. So, Cowboys & Rovers differ in that respect. Jones is an astute businessman. Any novice would admit that. but he’s hopelessly inept as a Prez & GM of an NFL franchise. If he would admit his failings, & hire a true GM, Cowboys fortunes would immediately improve. No Super Bowls in 26 years (& two playoff wins) says it all. Rovers net worth is far less, but their predicament with mgmt isn’t that different. Cowboys have a damaging, meddling owner, who is involved in every aspect of the club. In Rovers case, we are hamstrung by negligent owners, who rely on the word of shills & flunkies. If Rovers’ owners care about their investment, they will put people in daily contact with the club, who are trustworthy & know enough about football to provide adequate guidance to the club, both financially and on the pitch. It is obvious they do not have those people in place now. There does not appear to be a firm hand overseeing the work done by the “Coventrio”. If there was, there would be some accountability, by the most objective measuring stick available- moving up the table, & promotion. TM has definitely had enough time to show positive results since promotion from League 1, there have been none. Changes are overdue. Did the owners refuse to do anything before because of covid? If there is not progress this season, I would suspect big changes… IF reasonably intelligent people are involved. Sadly, we do not have any reason to believe this is the case. Therefore, I expect more decline, and lower gate receipts are in store for Rovers. How low it gets, before changes are made, no one knows.
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  43. I'd say it's fairly plain that Waggott, Mowbray and Venus aren't good enough and everything bad that has happenened at Ewood over the last few seasons stems from that as up to press the owners have given them free rein within an agreed budget. You generally however seem to try to ignore the evidence that is unravelling in front of our own eyes and present everything that happens at Ewood as being perfectly normal and the sort of thing you would expect at a "normal" football Club run by competent employees. Or do as you've done above and latch on to an isolated success like the signing of Kaminsky as evidence that all is rosy in the garden. "Less extreme" hmm..........Is it really that extreme to want to see the back of a manager and CEO who over the last 3 years have spent well over £100m of the owners money and revenue generated in producing finishes of 15th/10th/15th, who despite that level of investment have left us struggling to meet FFP requirements and facing the prospect of most of our better players walking out for nothing, and who underhandedly tried to flog off part of the Club's infrastructure to boot?
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  44. We are fast becoming a crèche for Premier League clubs. Didn't the woman Venky mention 'leasing players' in her opening gambit when they darkened our door. We are a football club built on sand.
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  45. Just logged on and I have 19 emails after you’ve all been reporting each other in this thread for petty disagreements which turn into arguments. Sorry to sound like a school teacher, but if you carry on provoking and biting at each other - whether you’re the provoker or the biter - we (I) will just ban you. It isn’t worth the stress of dealing with it, you’ll just go and that will be that. And if you’re making suggestive/provocative posts about other members you’ll be banned forever.
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  46. The more I think about how Butterworth didn't even get on the pitch, the more pissed off I get. I mean what kind of message does it put out to our youngsters that you can be scintillating on Tuesday but not even get off the bench on Saturday? Instead, the lad you replaced on the Tuesday, who we don't own and has done nothing so far, comes on instead of you!
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  47. I must admit I thought it was a joke. The link saying tm promises fan excitement only to click on it for it to say sorry that page doesn’t exist. Even though he’s actually made such ludicrous claims I still think the irony of the page not existing is funny.
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  48. Groups of fans 'trying to open up lines of communication' with our owners? That's right folks,our owners...some decade after taking control at Ewood and we are still at base camp.😠 The message should be clear and straightforward from a suffering fanbase: 'We have had enough of this bullshit and negligence.Either run this Club properly,taking a real Interest in trying to obtain the very best for it at all levels or simply sell the club ending your frankly so far embarrassing association with a respected and proud Footballing institution.Put the Club into the hands of people who care,people who really give a damn.' Enough is enough.
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  49. Google translate struggled with that one
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