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  1. For me, after the play off dream disappeared post Christmas, the only thing I cared about was finishing above Preston. When we beat them 3-0 at their place we demonstrated how superior we should be to them...we then forged a good number of points ahead of them by Christmas. The comparison with PNE is the most apt in terms of Mowbray’s inadequacies. We have superior players (I wouldn’t swap many of their first teamers for ours), we have spent significantly more money and we are still a bigger name when it comes to attracting players. Regardless of these things, they have had a series of manager
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  2. Got to say I'm finding it difficult to support a club where the fans happiness is so unimportant. This week showed just how important fans are to the game but at Rovers we haven't been listened to since 2010. It's difficult to take and continue to support financially and with enthusiasm. Neville's comments about certain owners being imposters is exactly right. “You never hear from the owners of these clubs” he said - that part really resonated with me and I'm sure it does with many others. Venky's should be ashamed at how they've estranged so many fans from this great and histor
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  3. I think that we should draw a line under the whole ITK business after this, but just to be clear- people sharing tidbits of information is very welcome. What isn’t welcome is people getting really sensitive, if things don’t pan out the way they suggested and threatening to take their ball home. It’s absolutely embarrassing. To be fair, sometimes, things can change and the information would have been spot on at the time of posting and would have been posted with the best of intentions.
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  4. For me the Brockhall scandal will forever taint TM's time here. I can't believe he knew nothing about it. Not after they tried to pull the same stunt at Coventry. For me that's worse than anything Coyle did, although Kean still retains the worst manager spot by some distance.
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  5. To be honest Rev we are this point in our history because our owners can't hack how to run a football club. They have been here ten years and still haven't a clue how football works or how a football club is run. If the manager remains it's because the owners are happy with him to remain. When they are not they will appoint another who will operate within the boundaries that they set. Since relegation from the Premier League we have had a variety of managers and none have been able to get us anywhere near the play-offs - something that Don Mackay was able to do on next to no bud
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  6. Funny all these plastic fans being outraged at super league, try supporting Blackburn last 12 years if you want to feel angry towards your own club
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  7. An Open Letter to the Desai Family, Owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club To: The Owners of Blackburn Rovers - 10th May 2021 This is an Open Letter from the Rovers Trust. The Trust is a transparent membership body with the sole aim of protecting the assets, heritage, and future of our Football Club. Firstly, can we express our concern, sympathy, and support for the ongoing COVID emergency in Maharashtra Province and the whole of India. Amidst the global pandemic, another less important, but serious sequence of events has taken place: The disruption to English fo
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  8. Last years target 70 points, he finished 7 points short. This season's target top 6 which we will finish a minimum of 20 points short of. When is someone either at the club or in the local press going to hold him to account?
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  9. As usual towards the end of the season (as well as at the half way point) I often start a thread evaluating how well, or badly, we have done in the transfer market. This is my thoughts on this year's incomings. Kaminski - 9 The chap has a huge advantage in following Walton, on whom a traffic cone would have been an upgrade. Even when dialling back the enthusiasm for having a keeper who doesn't drop a clanger per match as per the previous incumbent, he's been pretty good. There's been a few errors and erratic moments of late, which isn't great, but when you factor in his fee (
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  10. You miss the point. Mowbray bangs on and on and on about possession - IMO, just trying to buy himself more time. Last night, Real Madrid had close on 70% possession and got a hammering - a 5-0 scoreline would not have flattered Chelsea. Real Madrid were a more expensive version of Rovers, disorganised, couldn't defend, slow, boring and tiresome possession getting them nowhere and little creativity. Tuchel has been at Chelsea for about 20 games, not over 4 years! Yet Chelsea are organised, have a plan and Tuchel gets the very best out of what he has got. Compare to Mowbray
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  11. I really wish he'd stop telling me it's not 1995. Do you see people wandering the streets listening to Oasis on their Sony Discman's Tony?! It's insulting that he thinks we're stuck in some sort of timewarp. I think most Rovers fans are reasonable and fully aware of the club's current standing in the football heirarchy. And the form we showed in the 2nd half of the season would be deemed unacceptable by pretty much any of the 92 football clubs, regardless of what they might have been doing quarter of century ago. His deflection tactics don't wash with me. He's
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  12. Tony Mowbray on social media boycott and impact on players | Lancashire Telegraph "In most walks of life you’re accountable for what you say and do, but it doesn’t seem that’s applied to social media where you can say or write what you want" As a manager who should have been sacked months ago I wonder if he sees the irony in his comment?
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  13. Ignoring results for a moment - which very much seems the way things are done at Rovers - it's still stupid he is here. We need TM to do a rebuild because of TM's previous rebuild job. I mean on every level that is illogical. You wouldn't go to a mechanic to fix your car, which needs fixing because of what the mechanic did before, you wouldn't use the same builder whose last repairs lasted such a short period of time. The fact we need a rebuild after four years of TM speaks volumes of why he shouldn't be given the rebuild job and what an utterly crap job he has done all round.
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  14. Very stark to be reading this from you, Parson. Sadly, I feel you are right. None of us can be certain, but all the evidence does point to the fact that Rovers will never progress under this ownership. Meanwhile, there are hints again on this message board that there are moves afoot from Rovers centred business people to try and engage the Raos. Is there the faintest possibility that this 10 year malaise is entirely due to long distance over reliance on dishonest/ poorly skilled middle men, who have continued to mislead "hapless", but well meaning owners? I am in the "Hard to b
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  15. Coyle should never have been appointed and to be frank this is an historical debate. I will say this ,the fella in charges is now is worse. How much money. How many time does he run us down. I’m absolutely sick of him telling me Rovers have to accept where we are and we can’t compete.Who does he think he is and do I prefer Coyle I don’t care.Coyle was just useless but no where near as bad has the fella in charge. This one is far worse. PS Fuck cakes The fella in charge had 15 games to save us In 2017 not 2 . The big bag of shite. February 2017 he was appointed the same length of
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  16. Overall just about the most depressing season I can recall in 60+ years as a fan of Rovers. Owners - Board - Manager - certain Coaches all get it from me. The sense of almost helplessness going forward under the above crap is frightening. We have played much worse and have experienced hard times and relegation but never before I have felt so detached from the essence of what the Club always meant to me. Now I just view the shambles as ignorant spiteful owners, dodgy management and journeymen players. Give me Bobby Saxton or Don Mackay with not a pot to piss in any day.
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  17. Fast forwards 12 months.... 'We lost the quality of Holtby and the goals of Armstrong last summer along with the regular right back and the experience of Johnson. It's a sad day for the club but you need 50 million just to stay in the championship these days. It's not easy, i haven't seen my family for 2 days ! I work hard and am full of integrity so with the continued backing of these owners ( thanks for my contract ) and the youth we have coming through i'm sure it'll be a good season in league 1. We are where we are it is what it is, did i mention my integrity ? '
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  18. Not just on Wednesdays, he can fuck off every day from Sunday to Friday and twice on Saturdays
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  19. I respectfully disagree. Whilst he may not mention being away from his family every week, his overall demeanour is that of someone who finds managing the Club an absolute chore. When we started playing again after the first lockdown he made it pretty obvious he thought we shouldn't be playing at all and that therefore he wanted paying for doing nothing. At that time when the season started we were in an outside chance of the play offs but tailed off dramatically. Unsurprising given the manager's lack of enthusiasm. This season he has mentioned being away from his family on several oc
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  20. When the pitch and weather was at it's absolute worst what did he do? He had the first team training on it for several days. He's become a living, contradictory parody who insults our intelligence.
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  21. Seeing the thread title was like feeling my lottery numbers had finally come up... and then realising I hadn't bought a ticket.
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  22. I'm glad we are developing Elliott more than Dolan even at this late stage. I'm sure we will reap the dividends of that next season.
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  23. Makes me happy to remember the good times and what riches we had but by Christ it hits home hard at what we have sadly become. Some 20 years ago I was lucky enough to be at the Deepdale Promotion game,Souness dancing with the fans in celebration on the touchline as we roared back to the big time.Proud as Punch. Tomorrow will see an underachieving bunch of misfits slump over the line of mid table mediocrity led by the gurning,tedious Tony fecking Mowbray.Totally apathetic. HUGE SIGH.😩
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  24. This manager and CEO have done their best to drum any ambition out of the ownership since we returned to this division. They've had money to invest in a few players, had wages backing the club itself can';t really afford. Been allowed to surround themselves with mates, drones, analytical staff etc they claimed they needed to make us a top side. They've had an academy turning out good youth to fill out the squad and had backing for Prem club loanees. All whilst penny pinching on the stadium and pitch and overseeing diminishing crowds before covid. Basically THEY haven't really delive
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  25. 23 points off the top 6. Get out Mowbray, you fraud.
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  26. Today's result changes sweet FA......new Manager please.
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  27. He's an arsehole that's what he is, a very very lucky one, to have such idiots filling his bank account every month. Whilst he sits there insulting fans intelligence and dragging moral into the dirt before next season. No other club would put up with this, none.
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  28. It's ragingly obvious to anyone who steps away from hanging onto his every word. He told us he'd talked the owners out of going for a double bounce after promotion. He said they wanted to spend but he'd advised the slow build journey instead. He said stability first, then building to challenge the top end. In order to do this he's gone through a catalogue of stuff, drones, analytical recruitment, scouts, Euro network and all the bells & whistles that go with it. Next it was he needs experience, got backing for that. Next it was luxury young loanees, got backing for that. Also in
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  29. It’s also disingenuous. Any fans under 30 don’t have any experience of 1995. But why should we not have expectations of getting back to where we were under Hughes? Burnley are doing it. Mowbray is actively preventing that happening, simply because of his own lack of ability: recruitment, tactics, selection policy, man-management, motivation. All of the things you need from a manager are lacking.
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  30. They are. I can categorically assure you of that my friend.
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  31. I don't believe for one second that Venkys bought this football club because they had its best interests at heart.
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  32. Outside of his injury patches, which is of course not his fault, that's the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen you say. Dack absolutely delivered in his first season in this league, and was delivering just fine in his second until injury hit. Maybe you're baiting on purpose here and I took it too easily, but it's hard to ignore how ludicrous what you said is. Obviously Toney has worked out better, but that's not the point and he also cost a lot more.
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  33. The problem with keeping Bennett is that although he's versatile he's just not very good at all the things he's versatile at. Get rid.
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  34. ...it compares incredibly well ...particularly when you factor he has had to sell no one ! Plus the dreadful transfer fees paid for Gallagher and Brererton...and the utterly wasted wages on Ayala, Downing, Pears, Douglas .....we didn’t fail because of budget....we failed because Mowbray managed the budget .....
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  35. Gareth Ainsworth on today’s result for Wycombe "We were so close but next time we'll get over that line, believe me, because we've learned as a club - I've got things wrong this season but I've always given my best and done what I thought was right”. "I can't wait for next season because we are going to make another mark in League One”. Now there’s a manager of passion, but it looks like he has no plans to go anywhere.
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  36. https://www.lancashiretelegraph.co.uk/sport/19266195.mowbray-reveals-question-marks-defensive-recruitment/ I don't think I can endure another summer of Mowbray's transfer musings. It's bad enough watching his teams and having terrible results but another 3 months of this? We know what he will do with the defence. Ayala will return to fitness in time for the warm weather and pre season. He will impress and will be lauded as 'like a new signing' and his presence will resolve any defensive issues. He will pin other hopes on the return of Scott Wharton, who hopefully gets
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  37. I saw the interview with him the other day (I think it was put on here) and he was the complete opposite of Mowbray i.e. full of positivity, full of passion and energy and sounding like someone the players could relate to. The interviewer referenced the poor start where they got dicked by Rovers and Ainsworth responded that some teams had improved as the season has gone on but some had faded. I took that as a bit of a dig at Mowbray as we've got progressively worse. No idea if GA would be any good but what he's done at Wycombe is incredible. That's essentially a 4th Div Team. If the seas
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  38. I think our owners are a problem - how many business folk out there spunk away some £20million a year whilst at the same time, IMO, sit idly by and watch their 'investment' go to rack and ruin. However, the club's most important senior managers (Waggott and Mowbray) are, IMO, two imbeciles who have been taking the p1ss out of the club and its fans for some time now. I could just about stomach indifferent ownership if I knew the operational senior management of Rovers had the best interests of the club at heart; IMO, Waggott and Mowbray fail miserably on this.
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  39. REALLY?😟 The root cause of all our problems leads back to Pune and their utter mismanagement of the Club. They have been an unmitigated disaster for this Club from day one and even despite their financial input keeping the Rovers on life support I struggle to give them any credit. The nightmare looks set to continue unabated.
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  40. What an utter catastrophe. Not only have results and performances been shocking with our best squad in years, we have many talented players who clearly want out (eg Nymabe and Rothwell) due to the managers misuse of them. He’s spent serious money on players who look miles away from it, and has continued to persist with a tactic of playing tall 6ft plus strikers on the wing, a tactic which has never worked, never made sense and has seen players, in particular Gallagher, unable to properly express themselves. He completely misuses players and fails to develop them. Players such as lenihan,
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  41. I don’t like this reality reversing narrative where we were somehow wrong to release Bell. Let’s be Frank, he was absolutely garbage for at least 80% of the times he pulled the shirt on. Good riddance.
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  42. I remember Chris Wilder ripping into an interviewer last season when told his team had worked hard saying that's a given for any team and he wouldn't be going overboard on the fact they just tried hard.
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  43. Disappointed there was no 'p.s. and please sack the dickhead manager'
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  44. If only we could get that unity against the people running our club.
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  45. The one and only summer transfer that needs to be made is Tony Mowbray and Mark Venus up the road.
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  46. Has Tony Mowbray already had his chance to rebuild the club? Has he been given time? Has he been supported through long stretches without victories? Has he been encouraged and respected by the fanbase? Has he had the chance to buy his own players? Has he tried to introduce a style and a culture? Has he been able/encouraged to promote the youth players he feels are good enough? Has he had to adapt to a changing market, division, expectations? Has he had the backing of the board and senior managers? If any of the answers above were NO, then I'd
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  47. Someone tell me how this situation now, isn’t exactly the same situation we were in with Kean? Comparisons are valid in my opinion. I never believed we would be in that position again.
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  48. That's the clearest interview yet. He has totally given up. He caught himself at the end there, "Lets just wait....". Wait and see what Tony? If the Venkys and your buddy have the balls/cash to sack you? The whole team where shocking tonight. Kaminski - Everyones love child looked shaky to me, Bennett: that was worst player in the league level type of performance, I have only ever seen him play well in Centre midfield, Lenihan was useless tonight, and got beat in the air at every occasion, THB was okay, Douglas was a shadow of his performance against Derby, Rothwell needs some
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  49. I find it weird that he talks like only we play in these matches... ”they’re jaded after playing two seasons back to back. That’s why we’re not winning” BUT TONY SO HAS EVERY OTHER FUCKING TEAM BUT MOST OF THEM ARE ABLE TO WIN!! Fuck sake. I need a lie down.
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