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  1. He’s probably fed up of being sent to Middlesbrough every week.
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  2. What an absolute shambles. The people owning and running the club should be thoroughly embarrassed and ashamed of themselves. The people I feel sorry for are the ground staff and players. The ground staff do the best they can with the resources they are given. It is clear the owners and directors have cut corners and costs and now it comes home to roost. The players have joined this club presumably thinking they are joining a professional and serious operation hoping to get to the Premier League. Yet a stadium and pitch barely maintained, no undersoil heating and blocked
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  3. Mowbray's initial target was to keep us up. That's what he was appointed to do, that was the task he was given when he got the job. I am confident that he didn't get the job based on his ability to get us out of League One or because he told them we were doomed but he would sort it out in years to come. He got it because he told them he would keep us in the Championship and it was all hands to the pump in doing that. It seems one of the reasons he got the gig was because he agreed to work with existing coaching staff in Lowe, Dunn and Benson (always a bad sign that a club would impose coa
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  4. This guy is turning out to be a good investment!
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  5. Rovers should be embarrassed. Venkys should be asking questions. The days of the river Darwen being attributable to the dreadful state of Ewood every winter are long gone. Not too long ago that pitch didn’t flood, the drainage was excellent. Theres only one reason, - neglect. Neglect of a wonderful stadium and neglect of a perfectly fine playing surface.
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  6. So when this pandemic is all over and things return to normal and supporters are allowed back in the stadium and now that I am in my mid-late 60’s...... will I be enticed to renew my season ticket, put up with traffic jams through Preston on a Saturday afternoon or a Wednesday night match, have difficulty parking my car, drinking a can of fizzy John Smiths bitter at £4.20 a can, to watch a confused group of players, with an even more confusing manager, when the club can’t be bothered to take care of the Stadium and the pitch. Respecting Jack Walkers legacy and memory? My @r$e
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  7. Years ago Charlton fans got "bored" with Alan Curbishley keeping them mid-table in the Prem and look where they are now. Same with our fans who were bored with Sam keeping us in the top league. I've never in 50 years plus gone to watch Rovers wanting to be "entertained". I want to see us win - full stop. I find this argument quite ridiculous. I'd have the likes of Dyche or Sam or Warnock at Ewood tomorrow.
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  8. Priority for the playing side? Of course, as John Williams used to say the point of running a football club is to get the very best team on the pitch that budget allows. However, it’s become strikingly obvious that to keep a semi-competitive Championship squad the non playing side is run on a shoestring (executive pay aside, of course). Weed infested, filthy stadium, litter piled up, cabbage patch pitch, skeleton staff for maintenance and groundwork, closed Radio Rovers, closed RoverVision, closed DEnd, closed BBEnd Upper, closed town centre shop, leaking roofs, closed Blues Bar, run down
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  9. As others have said there’s obviously a dual budget at Ewood. Playing side gets generally what it needs, the last few weeks have seen that with Branthwaite, and little pressure for the manager to sell players. On the non playing side ‘keeping the lights on’ so we don’t ‘do a Bury’ is seemingly seen as enough. Maybe that’s the correct approach and we are all being precious over weeds, litter, grime and a Sunday league pitch, the first team has to take priority at a football club after all - though considering much infrastructure spending doesn’t impact FFP and we have ‘optimum owners’ th
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  10. I see your user name is submarine. Is that why you got this wrong?
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  11. Sitting down with my Sunday morning brew I broke one of my New Years resolutions which was to never read any of Mowbrays articles. Lancashire live quote “ Mowbray expects a team like boro to be in the premiership “. God give me strength in their entire history they have won one trophy. He endlessly tells us how privileged we are to be competing against the big teams in this league. Has he taken any time to look at the history of the club he manages if boro deserves to be in the premier then I’m one hundred percent sure we do. He needs to recognise the privilege he has been given to manage
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  12. ‘We will absolutely respect the Jack Walker legacy’
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  13. Disappointing, given our momentum
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  14. Pah! You were lucky! Boots coming off? I once played on a pitch so frozen that my boots wouldn't come off. Ever. I had to amputate both feet with an icicle. They're still there on that pitch to this day, frozen in place 20 years later despite the summers since, along with the frigid corpses of the other 21 players and numerous attendees who never made it back that day. Some of them because of the lethal frozen winds, some of them because a polar bear migrated down from the North Pole and savaged us. Ref wouldn't call the bloody game off. We thought he was a stubborn bastard. Turned out he
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  15. In a horrible position where I can’t take pleasure in defeats because we’ve lost and I can’t take pleasure in victories because Mowbray lumbers on. Suppose that’s life under Venkys rovers.
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  16. 2 superb passes from, without doubt, our best player. All those doubting Dack need to give their heads a wobble.
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  17. When people have to constantly remind you how honourable they are and their values they probably don’t have either. That interview was a bizarre charm offensive on someone. Just not sure who. Probably the owners.
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  18. To be honest the bloke to me comes across as very insecure and a bit of narcissist. I've never known a football manager to so often bring up what a great honourable guy he is, what an honest guy he is, what great values he has and what great way he lives his life. Whose he trying to convince?
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  19. Good manager is Dyche. Burnley will always be safe in the Premier League as long as he's there. He's from the same mould as Big Sam and Warnock. Who wouldn't want any of them at Ewood instead of Mowbray?
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  20. How are Accy competing for promotion to the Championship against some very big football clubs then? How are Leicester competing for the title? How did Wycombe end up in the Championship? How do Burnley stay up year after year? Take it you meant to say ‘Not only do we not have the budget of relegated and parachute clubs, we are also a dysfunctionally run football club, so we’ll bite yer hand off for top half’.
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  21. Funny that Gav because it seems very wrong to me to say some fans are comparing him to the Premiership winning team and so will never be happy. Now this is clearly and evidently not true. For starters you won't find those comparisons on here, a site that is both representative of a broad section of fans and quite critical of him. It's not a comment that has been made. Secondly its clearly not been a criteria for success in the past. Souness and Hughes were clearly not at the level of the premiership winning team and yet very popular. Therefore such a comparison can't be true.
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  22. I agree that the reason names like Hughes and Ainsworth are on the tips of tongues is because of their past connections to Blackburn, and without those I very much doubt that either would be high on suggested names. Hughes might be a busted flush, as his record now over 3-4 years suggests he is, or he might have just been unfortunate and bringing him back into management might be a masterstroke for someone. Either way if the criteria is PL experience and a couple of sackings in the last 3 years then there's plenty more on that list. Alan Pardew fits that bill just the same but I expect wo
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  23. Football that gets you promoted and keeps you there? Nah, let’s keep going like we are. A certain type of football fan gets bored of it.
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  24. I realise you're only fiishing but not sure you should be quoting stats in favour of your argument. In the season we got relegated Mowbray managed 22 points from 15 games with the squad he inherited from Coyle at a rate of 1.466 points per game. Three full seasons on, two in the Championship and one in League One and seven transfer windows later, how does this season's 1.375 points per game represent the "progress" you keep telling us about?
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  25. What a ridiculous piece from Mowbray. As if anyone expects us to be at exactly the same level we were when Sutton and Shearer were here. What grinds my gears the most is when he constantly plays the humble, down to earth working class hero card. How does that tally with constantly wasting the owners money on overly generous contract extensions for players that are past their best or were never good enough in the first place or both, other players that clearly were never going to play for us, and an ongoing stream of questionable signings through his Middlesbrough connections. And if
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  26. While Mowbray continues to do for us what he did for Celtic and Coventry.
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  27. Picked just two points out of your very good summary - couldn't stand to listen to him. IMO, usual self preservation bullsh1t to keep our owners and happy clappers naively happy. Armstrong is 24 in 3 weeks times - FFS Mowbray, HE IS NOT A YOUNG BOY. You look at many players of 24 or under and see what they've achieved in terms of club, appearances, goals, medals and international caps. Yep, he wants a strong finish to the season as, IMO, it gives him another season and on and aimlessly on we will go. IMO, Mowbray is a clown and we need him out now.
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  28. To be fair, Pritti Patel didn't want to close the borders to save lives, she just wanted to keep foreigners out.
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  29. Like others have said, I first started to have serious reservations about him during that horror run in 2019 when we lost 9 out of 11 games, I think that stands as our worst run of form since the war? I did initially think after that though that maybe we should give him the benefit of the doubt going into the next season, then we sold our keeper to buy Gallagher, and didn't seem to have any plan in place for a replacement GK at all. Then we lined up against Charlton at Ewood on the opening day of the season, Rothwell who was our stand out player in the last 6 games or so of the seaso
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  30. Cast your minds back to last summer when Mowbray decided to hand out contract extensions like confetti to squad players for no reason other than they were nice lads. A quick, extremely conservative estimate on those costs based on 4 weeks of extensions: Sam Hart - £2000 a week = £8000 total Jayson Leutwiler- £2000 a week = £8000 total Richie Smallwood = £5000 a week = £20,000 total Dominic Samuel = £4000 a week = £16,000 total Danny Graham = £10,000 a week = £40,000 total Six months contract for Ben Gladwin to use Brockhall @ £2k per week = £26,000 Pri
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  31. Thats nonsense. The target at the start of LAST season was a top 6 finish, publically declared by manager and players alike. We finished 11th, miles off in the end, a mere 3 points better than the season prior in which we went on a truly awful run with a side the manager admitted were "given a chance" following promotion, and never really were ever in the running for the top 6. Players including the captain acknowledged a failure to meet target, but I think there was a level of understanding in that no one ever expected us to get into the top 6. Whether the improvement was enough was a differe
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  32. Regarding, retrospective action, I don't recall Tom Clarke being given a red after the incident with Evans which, imo, was quite similar - high boot, going to clear the ball, eyes on the ball, player coming in to head the ball on the blind side. IIRC, no action was taken at the time on the pitch by the match referee The injury to Corry was far worse than the Boro lad who will be back playing again in a week or two. I also don't recall any OTT reaction from either us fans or Rovers management & officials. It was put down to 'one of those things'. The reaction towards Branthwaite f
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  33. What a fantastic thread this is: makes you want to puff your chest out with pride once again, being a Rover! I'm currently up to the early sixties, with my little missive on the darrenrover family history. Please forgive me because I'm gonna make an enormous leap to September 2018 and a tale of a tee-shirt and a pair of crocs! Mrs darrenrover and I were in USA in September 2018 for a month, half holiday and half business: We had 5 days in fabulous Key West, Florida and were having lunch at Caroline's Burger Bar on Duval St, when I spotted 'Big Yin' Billy Connolly and his wife Pamela
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  34. Hold on, he is league 1 isnt he? You were saying you didn't want league 1 players...in fact, you scoffed at the thought of bringing in a league 1 midfielder because Bucko was much better....why isn't our 23s left back good enough and better than a league 1 left back? You're a piece of work.
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  35. This last two months has been the worst football we’ve played in years. Absolutely 0 direction and 0 clue. Pathetic, boring, directionless none of our lot have a clue
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  36. Mowbray attempting to further ingratiate himself with the owners by publicly thanking them for their help and support in agreeing to sanction a move for Branthwaite, despite all the budget being spent for the season. How ridiculous. Any guesses for what we are paying a week to help develop Everton's player? If the Tom Trybull figures from Rich Sharpe are correct then I expect a few grand a week at the most. We've probably saved more by sending Harry Chapman to Shrewsbury than it has cost us to bring Branthwaite in. It's a six month loan. No transfer fee, no contract, no su
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  37. A bit rich! IMO, in the main, Mowbray has churned out absolutely dire football - his footballing philosophy is a myth. I would watch a Dyche team every day of the week over a Mowbray team because I knew the team would know what they were doing and it would be successful! IMO, Mowbray's football, in the main, is both ugly and unsuccessful. He failed to keep us up, as he was appointed to, and since returning to the Championship we've stood still as evidenced by our league position, points tally and distance from play offs at this stage of the season in each of the three seasons w
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  38. The problems are mainly self inflicted. He chose to sign one centre back rather than 2, and the one he chose was one who hadnt played for 9 months who had a reputation as a sick note. The main reason he chose to sign one rather than two was because that he chose to reject the advances from Swansea who wanted to take another sick note in Williams off our hands. Signing Ayala AND keeping Williams was always an incredibly risky move. At left back, part of the problem has been down purely to poor performances by both left backs, one of whom we knew was poor yet he re-signed, and one who he didnt s
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  39. It's just a bloke virtue signalling. He's said it all before. I just want him to win football matches. That's his job, it's not his job to be the next Mother Theresa.
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  40. condescending ****,i grew up when rovers did`nt have a pot to **** in but still managed to employ a manager who 100% out of his team,kendall,saxton and mackay were hugely superior managers than mowbray and they had`nt a farthing to play with,they did`nt play anyone stupidly out of positon either,****** mowbray would have had norman bell out wide,garner in midfield and ian miller at full back🥵
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  41. Liverpool O Burnley 1 Are Burnley fans upset with a measley 28% possession and long ball? I don't feckin think so.
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  42. Have to say one of my favourite bits of the Inauguration was seeing Eugene Goodman. He was the Capitol Police officer who was being chased upstairs towards the Senate chambers, glanced and saw that no security was at the door, so he provoked the riot's frontmen into chasing him the opposite direction. Vital seconds that very possibly saved Senators' lives. He's promoted to Acting Deputy Sergeant at Arms and given the honour of guarding the new VP Kamala Harris today. He was even announced to huge cheers. What a brilliant exercise in rewarding bravery and being great at your
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  43. The straw that broke the camel's back for me was the horror show at Preston in October 2019. Our inept management of that game and complete collapse told me all I needed to know about this manager and his team. We had something of a recovery after that so the hysteria died down a bit but also numerous other calamitous performances and results including somehow losing to 10 men Birmingham in the Cup in January. Then Covid came along and I was content to just leave things stable for the time being, the view being that ensuring survival was the most crucial thing. We had our usua
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  44. So we sit alongside illustrious peers Blackpool, Crawley, Carlisle and Lincoln as the only League games to be postponed due to the bad weather. The only one in the Championship and I'll hazard a guess we will be the only one this season. Despite horrible weather and storms affecting a large part of Northern England they've managed to overcome it at Derby, Rotherham, Doncaster, Crewe, Tranmere and Morecambe to name a few. To be honest I'm absolutely disgusted and fuming about it. Not surprised because I've been expecting something like this to happen for a while given the running of t
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  45. I really think they have jumped the gun here. Why there was a mid morning inspection doesn't make sense as Swansea are already here having travelled yesterday, no visiting fans to consider, no police charges and no food waste. Surely a decision could have been delayed until mid/late afternoon to give it a chance. Although the forecast is for heavy rain it's been dry in Darwen for the last hour and the clouds look like they are shifting. The amateurish way this has been handled sums up Rovers to me.
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  46. Have you seen our style of late, it's boring as anything I've seen before.
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  47. I would say the League 1 relegation has led to the opposite of fans having ‘1995’ expectations. Standards of what is acceptable and what the club should have aspirations to achieve has dropped markedly post L1, even from the not exactly halcyon days of the Bowyer era - which has helped TM out massively in keeping fans pressure for poor results and performances off his back.
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  48. Only excuses regarding the defence, no focus as to the reasons why we haven't had a decent centre half since Grant Hanley and Shane Duffy left. Who's watch has that been on? And another thing, the reference to being 'entitled', just fuck off Mowbray. The majority of remaining Rovers fans all remember traipsing round such salubrious stadia such as The Shay, Field Mill, Millmoor, Vale Park, Gigg Lane, Spotland etc in the late 60s and early 70s, don't talk to me of being 'spoiled'!
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