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  1. For all TM's 'steadying of the ship', he's the one that's going to sink it. The season after promotion was the one where he should have gone for it. Owners were 'enthusiastic', clean slate on the FFP cycle. Club/fans on a high after promotion...and he 'reined the owners in' - in favour of a slow build and loyalty to his squad.
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  2. All of which begs the question- why are you a fan of Mowbray's? You say it's not the manager's fault we have no money, but he is the one who wasted 12 million on two strikers that almost nobody thought we should be spending that much on, ignoring the defence and goalkeeper in the meantime, even after recouping 3 mill on the latter. The man who should take overall responsibility for our squad being threadbare is Tony Mowbray.
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  3. The video showed us exactly why Tony was never interested...
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  4. Maybe they've finally seen the light and being conned into keeping Smallwood and Hart on full pay for another month for doing nothing was the final straw. Neither perhaps do they want to top up Downing's pension pot for another 12 months for being a bit part player. (Well hopefully not anyway) If they want to save costs there's an obvious place to start.......fire off Mowbray, Lowe, Venus, Benson, and promote Damien Johnson and allow him to bring in his own assistant. Can't see what Waggott brings to the party either other than shielding Mowbray, does Greg Coar still work at the
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  5. This is exactly what I feared and warned posters about who bought into Mowbray's slow build. You can't have the finances we have and spend what we have spent on players just to plod along in mid table. This summer was always going to be make or break, sadly it seems as though it is going to be break. I suspect that by the time Mowbray leaves Rovers the club won't be in any better a place than when he found it, in the last 2 years he has undone the good work he did previously. Promotion could have been a springboard for this club as the likes of Sheffield United, Bournemouth, Southampton &
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  6. I'm really at a loss at those trying to give the management - all of them - a free pass on the keeper situation. There's plenty about this current situation that isn't altogether their fault. However the keeper situation which was manifesting itself before Raya left really is. No excuses it's about time some hands were held up ! It can still be rectified but it's the very worst time to be trying do it however a set up like ours with the money it costs and has had should not be in that situation. It's the kind of thing that you'd expect to happen just pre Jack Walker when we reall
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  7. He's had £14+ million to spend on transfer fees without any pressure to sell anyone (and God only knows what our loan fees / wage contributions were for Cunningham, Palmer, Tosin, Reed and Walton). I despise the Venkys for turning our proud club into the utter shambles it is today - but they've backed Mowbray massively, financially. It's a bad job of his own making.
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  8. Please can we stop going on about FFP as though this is the issue here. It isn't. The issue here is a manager or club that saw fit to splurge what money we had on unnecessary signings that haven't delivered whilst repeatedly failing to address key areas. The issue here is clueless, disinterested owners who aren't fit to run a professional football club yet because they keep the lights on we are supposed to be grateful. All the FFP talk does is play right into their hands and provides a ready made excuse. There is no excuse for the situation we are in. FFP is almost ce
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  9. Any owner worth their salt would read that quote and think "Tony, you've spent £14m+ in 3+ years and your opinion is that Doncaster is going to be a tough game? Get my accountant on the phone, I need to know how much it'd cost to sack this knob immediately".
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  10. It’s why many people were getting frustrated at the prospect of a ‘slow build’ as we could see this was coming....
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  11. Yet when fans said that on here, you advised people ‘Mowbray has his way of playing and we should accept it’....
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  12. If we are potless I wouldn't be bothering with Downing any longer. In fact I wouldn't be bothering with Downing full stop.
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  13. So Northampton might very well come in with a bid for Wharton now. We aren't really in a position to sell him but we all know he'll be gone if the offer does come in
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  14. If this is true, I don't find this surprising at all. Could it be because they are winding down their interest in the club? Or is it because they no longer trust Mowbray? Two big money signings, as things stand, have failed terribly. Why would you trust a manager with that on his record with any more of your money
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  15. It was always going to happen anyway they threw in some money up top for Brereton after promotion. Along with an increase in revenue and the squad growing in value that was just about covered anyway. Gallagher isn't all it seems as the Raya money enabled that one. So it was like a 3 year plan or something of growing another team to sell off and recoup as much running costs again as possible. All the while building with youth and lower wage signings. Promotion or a genuine crack at the top 6 has NEVER really been on the agenda outside of just hoping we get a run together at the right
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  16. Tell you what would be a brilliant idea....... Let’s get rid of Public Health England smack bang in the middle of the worst pandemic in living memory, stir those microbiologists and epidemiologist up at bit, give them something to think about.....,, Then let’s create a new agency and put someone in charge who can’t even get to grips with track and trace. What could possibly go wrong......
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  17. It honestly feels like Mowbray can't detach himself from certain ideas no matter the results. In his head Gallagher is the best right winger since sliced bread and Elliot Bennett is the second coming of Christ. He doesnt have any faith in academy products, see Raya and Nyambe and consistently harms their progression. Yet he has faith in his own youth purchases despite the fact that he is consistently poor at buying players, albeit two successes. And despite his cut throat attitude to certain players he rewards underperforming players with contract extensions. His record in the transf
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  18. People have very short memories of Dack. He is THE best player in the championship. Losing Dack would be an absolute travesty he is unbelievable and unplayable and very consistent.
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  19. Mowbray gets such an easy ride for the profligate spending on Gallagher and Brereton. Then again, when you consider the club's reaction when one local journo dared to criticize Gallagher it's not surprising. Two baffling signings. One was a known quantity, as he already played here and did very little, and another was a massive punt for an unproven youngster. Premier League clubs can get away with gambles like Brereton but for £7m Rovers needed a player who could hit the ground running. Even if there is a player in there somewhere, I think Mowbray's man-management has left a lot to be desired
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  20. What a feckin desperate mess I think we are in. Bottom line. We are here in this position because IMO, we have a very poor CEO and football manager who both must take full responsibility, particularly for the £millions, IMO, squandered on transfer fees and wages and senseless contracts. As I posted earlier today, I think the picture is far darker than the one Kamy painted.
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  21. I'd sack him just for that. Pathetic.
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  22. Or you could play Wharton and you have a player available for the next 7-8 years at a far cheaper cost than paying a separate loan fee for someone every 12 months, and he will probably appreciate substantially in value as well. Won't happen. Far too obvious.
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  23. You've got big sheds but nobody is allowed in!
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  24. Agree with your summary. Scenario A and Mowbray should walk, as should Waggott. In that scenario, neither is valued by the owners and they are being expected do their jobs with both hands tied behind their backs. This is highly likely the correct scenario as Venkys have treated every manager with this kind of contempt. Some even worse. It’s almost inevitable that under these circumstances we will end up with people “happy” to operate in these circumstances. Without getting into a debate comparing their abilities and personalities, Kean, Bowyer, and evening Mowbray were/are never gett
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  25. I went. It was very sad to watch.
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  26. Mowbray's had quite a bit of money to spend compared to every other manager since Kean. The onus is on him to wheel and deal in the way clubs like Brentford do. He's had a relatively easy ride so far in terms of who he's had to sell and who he's been able to bring in.
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  27. I'm fairly sure animal welfare advocates aren't a post 2016 phenomenon.
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  28. As an earlier poster alluded to, what is the point of billionaire owners if this is their strategy? Furthermore, we have posters such as @Paul Mani nailing their colours to the mast saying there is a budget yet Kamy (who definitely has a line into the club) suggesting the polar opposite. In regard to what the truth is, well, I know where my money would be. All hail the stagnation years fellas, regression is on it's way.
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  29. Let's be honest, it's a crap league and Mowbray is incredibly wasteful with money. Midtable is extremely plausible, with the right man in charge. Our Academy supported by a few shrewd signings would guarantee that. I just hate the idea of Mowbray leading that charge / Rovers settling for midtable mediocrity in the bloody Championship with billionaire owners. If that's their aim, why don't they just fuck off and let someone local take over? At least they'd allow the club to have some pride again and, hey, maybe even something resembling a professional internal structure. Just a t
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  30. £1 million fee for Goode. No doubt that's going to be a bargain. They wanted Wharton on loan. Surely we could have struck some deal with them involving him going there on loan and us signing Goode. Ya, things aren't GOOD here. Not good at all. Queue the "we weren't interested in him anyway" brigade. If Brentford were, the general rule of thumb these days is that we should have been, especially at that price.
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  31. Mowbray should have been sacked cos of these two signings,as for Venkys their failure to appoint a proper manager ever will be on their epitaph ...
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  32. Calling a professional footballer as talentless tells me Revidge doesn't play football. Any man here who plays the game will tell you that when you come across a player that level higher than you the difference is miles apart. My brag of the day: when I was younger I was mincing it about at Chasetown (I knew the dream was over) and played against a young Raheem Sterling, who at the time was at QPR. It was around 09 / 10 as I was just leaving school. He had a bad game and went off at half-time, but he was a couple of years younger and a lot smaller. You could tell he was going to be a good
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  33. Genuine question anyone - does Smallwood have more league minutes in goal than Fisher and Hilton? Has Fisher ever made a league appearance?
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  35. Come on Tyrone, I normally love reading your contributions but isn't this a little extreme? Reading the guy's comments there's stuff like: ... there are no easy games in football ... they'll come with a game-plan, they have good individuals and we'll have to take our chances against them ... it's preparation for this season ... seeing it is as an opportunity to blood some young players There's nothing defeatist there just respect between managers. If the game is tough for us then it's likely to be because we're taking a look at several kids before the season starts t
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  36. Jesus, no wonder we lost !
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  37. So you would be happy with Wharton, Lenihan and Williams? I wouldn't.
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  38. I think he knows. He knows its £0 (or more likely £5m- )
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  39. This is PRECISELY why sticking with Mowbray and his mythical slow build was the wrong course to take, and why he needed to be replaced it was too late. Promotion was, is, and must be the aim. Anything else will relegate us. Presumably some people would be okay with this? They had the chance to bring in Warnock 4 years ago, long after the so-called ‘mistakes’ and instead went with Coyle, which made Mowbray seem like a huge upgrade. They don’t have a clucking fue what it takes but will gladly pay nice men who don’t complain to run it for them. “At least they are still paying the bills”
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  40. We should have thanked him for getting us promoted and then showed him the door. Enthusiasm for the club was on a high and we were well placed to attempt a serious push for promotion. Instead he's managed to dissipate that feel good feeling and blow whatever chances of serious advancement we have with this ludicrous " slow build " concept of football management. It was obvious at the time to those with eyes that see that he wasn't the man to take us any further. You've got to be ruthless to succeed in pro football.
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  41. Our under23’s are competing with the best in the country just a shame the wrong manager is in charge to get the best out of them.
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  42. Neither. All part of the grow to sell plan put in place after the audits. Covid has forced the issue somewhat but to be fair they are looking at a season costing about 25 million to run with possibly little or no income at all. It's going beyond just underwriting the loses it's carrying the entire thing and they won't be alone in that in football. We are going to have to lump it. Still doesn't alter the fact we shouldn't be in a position of having no proper keepers and 12 million of non scoring strikers. All that lays at one door only.
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  43. A vote of confidence for the new set up. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8638193/Government-AXE-PHE-replace-new-institute-run-former-jockey-Baroness-Dido-Harding.html It's like making Chris Whitty head of Vodafone': Critics round on Hancock's appointment of Tory Baroness Dido Harding to lead replacement for PHE after she oversaw Test and Trace fiasco. oh and the NHS not for sale? Her husband is John Penrose, the Tory MP for Weston-super-Mare. He is an adviser to the free market thinktank 1828, as is cabinet minister Liz Truss. It has published articles callin
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  44. For those advocating just diving into the season and installing one of the kids between the sticks just think back to the season Bowyer started Raya for 4 or 5 games. Think back to Jake Kean as well, both of those were highly thought of and neither worked out properly being thrown straight in. The lads we are talking about now have sod all experience compared to even those two like for like. It's asking for trouble but clearly shows they are not bothered where this season ends if they take that risk, it's all about the pennies.
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  45. With a name like Max Power, he was always destined to make it.
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  46. If you tap his name in Google....... You must have gone through his stats with a fine tooth comb before suggesting him...?
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  47. This season is a golden opportunity for a side or two from mid table to get promoted. No big money being spent, no giant club with huge squad, relegated sides all in transition and under new management. Shame because after a couple of steady mid table finishes we should be set now for an assault. We know where the weak points are and these could be addressed relatively cheaply and easily with a couple of steady eddie defenders and a keeper, along with a manager ready to draw it all together. Instead bumbling along wasting the opportunity we have playing games with recruitment an
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