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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. Im going to stick my neck out and say the major difference so far this season is having a leader on the pitch in Ayala.
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. I suffered from that idiot doing that ,first time in years i decided to take the train ,I got the 17.35 pm that went straight back to Blackburn and then i only had a 20min wait for the connection to get me back to Burnley(left the car there)...Got the delayed message so decided to wait until we got a few young lads on the platform and i could tell they'd had a few beers and started giving a young lady some unwanted attention ,i found out she only had to get to Oswaldtwistle so i then decided to get a taxi to Burnley and drop the young lady off on the way (i got her to photograph my ID card and send it to her friend she was visiting for safety reasons ) cost me £30 so much for saving fuel and taking the train..But at least i know she got there safe and sound ..
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  8. What today has shown is the togetherness and will to fight in this Rovers team. From front to back there was a tenacity we have rarely seen. Those who say Buckley is t up to you are wrong, he is still raw he is still a bit hit and miss but he is learning and learning fast. Some fabulous passing a bite in the tackle and non stop, the lad ran himself into the ground ably assisted by Travis. What a pity we still have fans who still choose to stay away! Well you are missing the birth of a new younger Rovers, a team that has a massive inexperience but which is a team not afraid to mix it, not afraid to lose and a team that can progress. Credit to Mowbray and co and credit to the club. Now it’s time for the fans to join in and bring the team even closer to each other. We mullered a good Cardiff team who are well organised. We scored good goals and had the luck but it is the team itself that has to make its luck. Kaminski - solid Nyambe, Ayala, Leneghan and Pickering were immense, solid and worked together. I just hope Leneghan isn’t too badly injured and that Ayala was a case of cramp rather than anything else. Travis and Buckley were fabulous. Rothwell hit and miss with plenty of good runs, if only his end product was better. Dolan, Diaz and Gally? Well you cannot ask for more from your front men if they all score in a win. Come in Rovers fan time to do your bit and cement this teams work ethic. It’s a great start.
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  9. Too little too late. Many people on this website have been concerned and warning about the impact of disastrous pricing and ticketing policies on the numbers turning up. That was all ignored and only now, 2 months into the season, is the reality of the situation hitting home with the 'powers' that be at Ewood. Is this Waggott listening to genuine concerns or rather Waggott only now realising what a complete mess he's made of things and taking steps to try and shut the stable door after the horse has bolted? Much, much easier to keep hold of fans whilst you have them on the system as season ticket holders than it is to try and regain them after they're off the grid. At some point in the last 18 months the club has lost around 2,000 season ticket holders. A massive problem for anyone but for a club such as ours, starting on only 8000 to begin with and reliant on season ticket numbers to keep overall attendances up with minimal matchday buyers it is critical. Hopefully this is ownership and shadow man getting concerned and putting pressure on Waggott to sort it out. In reality it is probably just Waggott's penny dropping later than everyone else's and realising he's destroying our support base. He won't be willing/able to keep on dishing out 1,000+ freebies every week to keep the numbers up. Got to laugh at the latest marketing/excuse ploy which seems to be to repeatedly describe the team as 'Tony Mowbray's Young Side'. Almost as though the last 3 years never happened and this guy has just arrived into the club and is making the best of a tough situation, not that he's responsible for the mess and situation. I truly believe that serious action will engage fans more than any price or promotion. Unless you are going Huddersfield/Bradford style and dropping season tickets to less than £200 an adult and pushing them like mad then the only way people will get excited is through a promotion push, or ambitious steps on the football side - new manager, better players. Sticking with boring Tony without whom the Club wouldn't exist and whose form collapses every time the top 6 is in reach certainly isn't going to get bums on seats.
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  10. Took 10k cash out yesterday on the Diaz bet. I think he will probably do it, but can't really be turning down that kind of money when there is that 1% chance he will leave in Jan or get a bad injury somewhere.
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  11. 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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  12. And it is precisely because of games and results like Tuesday night that we have never and will never be in the shake up come the end of the season. Most of us are experienced in this routine by now. Seems others want to ignore past evidence and think this season is going to be different. Why I'm not sure. Teams that mean business don't concede goals and points like on Tuesday. For me it wipes out so much of the good work prior to that. The hammering of Cardiff for example. I would have much preferred a 1-0 last minute job in that and then a ground out 0-0 or 1-0 v Huddersfield and 4-6 points than a smashing of Cardiff then a shambolic defeat to a poor Huddersfield. Because I think Tuesday was shambolic and it annoys me the number of people putting it down to luck, misfortune or not getting the rub of the green. We got an injury to our RB. Unfortunate but not unexpected given his history. To not have a replacement available and to then have to change the entire team around after 20 minutes to cover for it is just typical Mowbray Rovers. Self inflicted problems and making something that should be simple into confusion and something elaborate. Nowt to do with luck. Its poor recruitment and management biting us in the backside.
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  13. One of the reasons I want Mowbray and Waggott out of the club as soon as possible is that they have overseen this outrageous situation on contracts and wages. Let it not be forgotten, as much as they would like to erase everything before this season, that they authorised contract extensions for Graham, Leutwiler, Samuel, Smallwood and Downing in the summer of 2020 for no reason other than they wanted to be nice and for the lads to finish the season off together. How nice. I'd have had no particular issue with that decision if those players were integral to our season and we were relying on them to help us finish strongly. But when push came to shove they barely featured or were limited to a few sub appearances. Beyond that there was no intention of keeping them past the end of the season and all were released that summer (except Downing who was mucked around before we finally offered him a new deal months later). Fast forward a little over 12 months and all of a sudden I am supposed to accept or sympathise with the claim that we cannot afford to pay the likes of Nyambe more than he is on? Well I'm afraid I don't. What an absolute pigs ear these charlatans have made of things. Plenty of cash sloshing around to be nice to Smallwood and Gladwin but not enough to pay Nyambe the going rate for a now senior Championship RB. I think the only thing that annoys me more than the above is the amount of Rovers supporters who just instantly leap to a position of believing the Waggott excuses - that these players or their agents are making unreasonable demands that poor old Rovers simply can't comply with and that they are doing their bit to 'protect' the club and owners from such greed. Another one that annoys me are the FFP brigade, who spend every opportunity reminding us about how constrained we are by these rules, how we are close to the limits, how the poor owners can't put more in to sign new players. Yet allowing assets like Nyambe to run their contracts down is just about the worst thing you can do if concerned by FFP. We've put the hard yards and investment into him, got him to a stage where he would be worth millions, then shot ourrselves in the foot by allowing him to go for nothing. On top of that we then have to replace him with no money - we all know it will be another teenager on loan. It's nonsense, yet so many just believe it. Just like people believed the bullshit from Mowbray about Patrick Bauer's agent demanding £40,000 a week to come here and wanting guaranteed starts. Lies lies lies as proven by him soon after joining thrifty PNE. Sooner we are rid of these charlatans the better.
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  14. I was unsure where to put this, but some of my faith in the club has been restored reading through Yasirs twitter feed. Yasir is the Integration and Business Development Manager at Ewood and is doing some brilliant work locally by the looks of things. https://twitter.com/yasirsufi?lang=en
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  15. I think there’s one man largely responsible for our change in fortunes: Ayala. Not only is he a hard, no-nonsense defender and a formidable set-piece target but most of all he’s organised the back four. He’s constantly barking orders and directing the younger players. Those around him are learning fast and the improvements are already starting to show. He could be the best investment we’ve made in a long while.
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  16. Courtesy of m1st! Introduction: This game's always a strange one for me. I was born in Blackpool to parents who moved there from Blackburn just before World War 2. Even though I lived there till I was about 25, there was, therefore, never any danger that I would grow up one of the tangerine persuasion. However, while I don't have any strong anti-Blackpool feelings, they are, kind-of, my 'Burnley', if you know what I mean. And if you don't, you surely will by the end of the next section of this preview! Their history: Mike Jackman's History of the Rovers referred to a game played between the two clubs in 1880/81 season, but the present Blackpool club traces its origins to July 1887, when they were founded by a breakaway group from St. John's FC at a meeting chaired by a man called Samuel Bancroft. [Sorry; I haven't had the time to check whether he was related to William Bancroft, Chairman of this Great Club Of Ours in the last quarter of the last Century!] In due course, most of the players from the St. John's team re-joined the breakaways and the new Blackpool team took shape from 1887 onwards, joining the Lancashire League. They spent most of the next few seasons near the top of that League and were eventually admitted to Division 2 of the Football League in 1896. After only three seasons of League Football, they weren't re-elected to Division 2 after the 1898/99 season, which they spent back in the Lancashire League. The following season the club merged with South Shore FC, who had been giant-killers, knocking out Notts County in the 1885/86 season - the one when we won the F.A Cup for the third consecutive season; just saying! The merged club was elected to join the Football League, Division 2 in 1900 but remained in that Division for another 29 seasons - including of course, the two when we won the League title. In the season after we won the F.A. Cup for the then-record sixth time - yeah, that's right; just saying again! - and powered by some epic goalscoring by Jimmy Hampson, they finally joined us in Division One. Pool's first experience of Division One was precarious; and after two seasons of finishing one place above the relegated teams, they slipped back down to Division Two at the end of the 1932/33 season. One season later, they were back in the top Division and indeed for the first time finished above us in the League table. Two seasons after that, 1935-36, Rovers and Aston Villa became the last two of the original founder-members of the Football League to be relegated from the top division. Rovers' first season in Division 2 proved to be Blackpool's last in that Division as they were promoted to Division 1 as runners-up to Leicester City. Both teams finished in the middle of their respective tables at the end of the 1936-37 season while the following season was also a fairly mediocre one both for the Rovers and the 'Pool in their different Divisions. However, as the shadows of World War 2 lengthened, the 1938-39 season ended with Rovers as Champions of Division 2, looking forward to returning to what we on this Board would see as out rightful home! War was declared the morning after the third game of that season and the table after those games showed Blackpool top of the League while Rovers were just above the relegation zone. There were Wartime competitions until the 1945-46 season began after the hostilities had ended. Blackpool usually did fairly well in these leagues which I remember my Dad - a man born with blue eyes! - explaining to me in the 1950s was only because so many footballers were billeted near the Fylde Coast! When League football resumed in the 1946-47 season, both teams were still in the First Division, but our paths diverged at the end of the following season when Rovers were relegated back to Division Two for ten seasons until 'Carey's chicks',as some of the media of the day called them, returned to the top Division. Meanwhile, Blackpool had a golden era with three F.A. Cup Finals from 1947/48, culminating, of course, the famous 1953 Final in which Blackpool beat Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the last minutes of the game. They also had four players in the England team which Hungary won 6-3 later in 1953. They were definitely THE Lancashire team in the 1950s. So it wasn't good being a Rovers fan at school in Blackpool in this era! 'Pool were comfortable in Division One between the mid-1950s to the mid-1960s and finished in the top-6 in four separate seasons but never finished as Champions. Their best effort was to finish second to Manchester United in 1955/56. The following season Stanley Matthews had been named the first-ever winner of the Ballon d'Or. We returned to Division One in 1958 and the two teams played each other in Division One until 1965/66 when we were relegated. 'Pool joined us the following season but adapted better to Division Two than we did and after three seasons at that level, returned to the top Division in 1969. They only lasted one season at that level and in 1971 returned to Division Two to fill the vacancy our relegation to Division Three had created. They remained in Division Two until they, too, were relegated to Division Three at the end of the 1977/78 season. Our paths diverged three seasons later when 'Pool went down to Division Four while Howard Kendall's Blue and White Army were consolidating the place back in Division Two which we'd won the previous season. 'Pool remained in Division Four for four seasons before returning to Divsion Three in the mid-1980s. As the 1990s dawned, they were owned by the infamous Owen Oyston and had sunk back into Division Four. They were promoted from "the old Division Four" to Division Two of the English Football League - Division Three-really! - in 1992/93, as we became one of three clubs to be founder-members of both the Football League and the Premier League. Yes that's right, Just saying! 'Pool settled in the EFL's Division Two - which is now known as League One - and, with the exception of the 2000/01 season which they spent in the EFL Division Three (now rebranded as League Two) they remained there until 2007/08 season when they won promotion to the EFL Championship. Two seasons later, they won promotion to the Premier League. They couldn't maintain their promising start to the 2010/11 season and slipped back to the Championship at the end of that season. Two relegations in successive seasons saw Pool spend just the 2016/17 season in League Two before winning promotion from there to League One. Under new ownership and management, they won promotion to the Championship via the play-offs at the end of last season. Opponents' Opinion. I've a number of friends who are of a similar age to myself who, if they aren't season ticket-holders at Bloomfield Road, certainly used to be when we were younger. I asked one of these 'lads' the following three questions: Q1. Neil Critchley definitely cut the mustard as a League One boss last season, but can he hack it at the Championship level? A. "His philosophy is to play football from the back, which is a refreshing change from previous managers. "This approach has led to higher presses with players sometimes getting caught in possession. That said, he sticks by his principles. He's a track-suit hands-on manager, known from his Liverpool Youth team days, who targets younger recruits in whom he sees potential. "So it's still early days, but confidence remains that he can get us moving in the right direction." Q2. How do you think you're settling into the Championship? A. "It's been a tough start all right, but Critchley doesn't panic and this conveys itself to the players. "There have been some tough games so far but the effort the team's put in hasn't been reflected in the results and no-one's outplayed us. We've a team which has a mentality of keeping going to the end, so beware! "There were some good transfer deadline deals which were especially needed as we've suffered with injuries. "The reinforcements at the back look good, although we're perhaps missing some midfield flair. The forward line's good and we're expecting further improvements as players adjust to their new environment." Q3. Who should we watch out for danger men among your squad? A. "Up front, Jerry Yates. He's a tireless and ever so confident striker alongside recently-signed N. Ireland international, Shayne Lavery, who's quickly adapting to life in the EFL. "Watch out also for Josh Bowler and C.J. Hamilton who are both wide midfield creators." League Form: It's difficult to offer a prediction on the result, and not just because, until these last two games, neither team had met the same opponent yet this season. Pool's steadily-improving home record from a sluggish start is 2-0-3, while our away record is 1-3-0. Given that we're away, you'd expect us to go for a draw. However, we're also playing a team which is below us, so you'd hope we'd go for a win. Preferably one of Cardiff proportions!
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  17. For the first time in Tony Mowbray's tenure as manager, Rovers have won a game while occupying a play-off spot in the Championship.
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  18. @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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  19. 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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  20. Mowbray is even getting pelters from QPR fans for his approach/comments last night:
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  21. 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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  22. The only thing I know for sure about these owners is that they aloof and arrogant. They didn't reply to the Currie and Battersby offer a few years ago and from the recent information haven't even acknowledged the letter from Rovers Trust. I'm pretty sure that there have been others trying to contact them to absolutely no avail. The damage, as far as I'm concerned is irreparable and everything bad that has happened to our club in the last decade (and there is a lot) is down to them. If someone has got or believes they can get some dialogue with them then good luck to them. As far as I'm concerned the best form of redemption from them would be to write off the debt and let some other group who actually care to take over. Until that day I can't come close to giving them anything other that short shrift.
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  23. What a bloody likeable team this is, I’ve mocked the manager before for his ripped Jean rhetoric but credit him for assembling a great bunch that lift each other
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  24. 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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  25. '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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  26. 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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  27. Remember when Balaji Rao got arrested for beating one of his middle managers with a metal bar and electrocuting him? Wonder which scoundrel badly advised the honourable man to do that. And there was the time Mrs Desai was reportedly facing prison time for something to do with building regs. Who was to blame there? How about the threats that long term members of this board and their families received a decade or so ago? Venky’s STILL take advice from, make payments to, and employ clients of the same people that supposedly “badly advised” them during the early days. If anyone really believes that Waggott (who by his own admission can’t even set season ticket prices without approval from India) and Mark Venus were on the verge of selling off our training ground behind Venky’s backs and without their knowledge/permission, you really need to stop deluding yourself. Besides, if they had tried this and failed, how is not sacking them and allowing them to carry on as normal anything other than complete lunacy? We are reliant on their subsidies because of their actions. We have no reason to be grateful for this, yet some people still want to absolve them of blame, rewrite history, and delude themselves. Even if you are desperate to believe all the daft narratives out there, they have surely long since passed the point where their naivety has become dangerously negligent. Oh, and if you think that staff who are being brought in reporting to Lyndsey Talbot on 30 grand a year are about to stage a coup to overthrow Steve Waggott, you’re going to be disappointed.
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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. There is a reason that we spend hugely above actual turnover. THE CLUB IS AWFULLY RUN.
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  31. 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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  32. If only he had had 4 years of transfer windows to sign some "men"
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  33. 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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  34. Coventry back from the dead, had to play games at St Andrews for a season, tomorrow backed by 4000 fans at Ewood, tremendous following, a club galvanised by adversity. Don't let anyone tell you we need these charlatans from Pune, actually we need them to sod off before we can move forward, its as simple as that. Rovers 2 Coventry 1 Venkys out
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  35. The Club and fans deserve better than this Manager.
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  36. Let's be honest, we all knew as soon as we picked up a couple of injuries or suspensions we'd be fucked. Left with a bunch of kids managed by a moron. The points we picked up at the beginning of the season are banked for fighting to stay clear of a relegation battle. That's how I've viewed it regardless of our position in the table or the claims of certain people that this time, this time Mowbray has finally got it right. He'll never get it right. I can't wait until he's gone.
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  37. Seen in isolation last night’s result and performance were not terrible. We were very unlucky to lose Nyambe and the result may well have been different had we not. We fought and battled. We didn’t deserve to lose. It is a forgiving league and a team pushing for a play off place can easily lose away to a rival and can just come back next match and keep gathering in the points required. However, when the manager has been here nearly five f*****g years it is simply impossible to see the result in isolation. We still can’t f*****g defend. Still! Over four years of this crap we have endured and we still can’t achieve our potential due to leaking goals and being unable to withstand pressure. In fairness to Mowbray we actually now have the best first choice back four since Hanley and Duffy left (it only took him four seasons), but beyond the first choice four it is the same old disorganised crock of shite. Too much space for the opposition, not closing down, yada f*****g yada. IT IS THE MANAGERS JOB TO ORGANISE THE BLOODY DEFENCE. It doesn’t matter who the individual defenders are, the manager has to take responsibility for continuously poor and disorganised defending. OK, in a dream world he could finally play four -Nyambe, Lenihan, Ayala, Pickering - who seem to be able to look after themselves every week. However, who would have thought one of them may get injured one day, let alone two? Oh no Tony, shock horror, you may have to play some inexperienced average quality defenders from time to time and YOU might have to take responsibility for actually drilling them beforehand how to defend and setting the team up in a way that their weaknesses don’t get exposed. I am absolutely sick of the man. Two goals away from home, decent performance and we still lose ‘cos we ship three. Same old, same old, same old, same old. I’m sick of it and it looks like Brereton and Rothwell and Lenihan and Nyambe must be sick of it too.
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  38. Hello darkness my old friend.
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  39. Fantastic, I bet there aren't many of us two years ago who would have predicted he would ever score a hat trick for us.
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  40. 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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  41. Hope this is TM's final game at Ewood. We want Mowbray out.
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  42. "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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  43. 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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  44. 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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  45. Here's another valid and important point - how come most other Championship sides, many of them smaller clubs than Rovers, can accomplish the same mid table mediocrity that we can on a fraction of the losses? This is an important point because it comes back to how the club is run and how quickly and relatively easily that huge figure of £20 million could be substantially reduced whilst still sustaining the same as we have now. It is one of the biggest myths going that the only way we can survive at this level is by having owners willing and able to pump in £20 million each and every year. The reason these owners are doing that is because of their ongoing negligence and mismanagement. If employing Steve Waggott and Tony Mowbray for nearly 5 years is the sum total of your interest and investment in the club then you deserve everything you get. These two no-hopers left Coventry City in ruins and walked into this job after being overlooked at clubs like Chesterfield, Southend and Gillingham. Employ better and get better results. Not just on the pitch but off it also. Anyone tell me how much the Blackpool owner is set to lose this year on his club? Or Hemmings at Preston? Or Berylson at Millwall, or whoever owns Luton? Halve that £20 million and then knock another chunk off. Why can't we do that and still finish mid-table? And no - the answer isn't facilities or the academy. At most the Category A academy costs us an extra million or two a year to run and it more than covers its outlay on the players we've developed through it. As far as I can tell all those other clubs also have grounds and training pitches most of which are better maintained than Ewood. If anyone can explain the above then maybe I'll accept that we need £20 million a year benefactors. Until then I simply don't accept it. And the debt figure is another myth. That figure isn't debt - it is their tab for their 'management' of the club over the last decade. They've chosen to do it that way which is entirely their right but it isn't debt and they aren't having it back. Nobody is paying it and the Club certainly can't.
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  46. Hayden Carter deputised admirably for Nyambe at right back earlier this season. Rather than change the formation he could have done that and Magloire could have slotted in alongside Ayala keeping a back four intact. And I think Magloire would have been more comfortable in a back four.
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  47. I'm sorry but it is divisive if you tell some people things, don't tell everyone, and then tell everyone that you've only told a handful of people. I don't care if you only consider that you can trust a handful of people. That's your right and I fully understand it. I wouldn't trust everyone here either if I had inside info, which I never do. But telling US, the unfavoured many, that you know something and now understand things better because of that but will only share with a select few is, even if you don't think so, creating us and them.
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