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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. ...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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  14. 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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  15. They are. I can categorically assure you of that my friend.
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  16. 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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  17. I know there are people attempting to open up communication lines in an attempt to work with/for Venky’s, and presumably this is the reasoning behind comments like this. Completely makes sense in that regard, but surely you don’t believe it Rev? @Parsonbluehits the nail on the head. Venky’s entire tenure has been one of decline right across the board. We have regressed in every single aspect. When do we stop making excuses for them and blaming managers they employ and stubbornly stick with? When do they cease to be naive and badly advised? When do the wider fanbase face the fact they
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  18. 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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  19. Thing is if you had to spend money on one thing in the championship a good manager would be it. The difference it makes to a club is huge. It's amazing that some clubs don't realise that.
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  20. He has a contract with a year to run, the team is plodding along as usual. The owners just won’t see that as cause to terminate and pay off. He won’t be failing in their eyes, just an employee running a football team in a far flung outpost of their conglomerate. It’s a club and management with no targets, no standards, no expectations.
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  21. Comparing Mowbray to Kean the **** is unbelievable to me, the only thing they both have in common is they're breathing. Kean destroyed this football club by lying his way to the top job, stabbing every fooker in the back to get there and was filling his pockets with all sorts of goodies along the way, wasn't his wife done for sneaking gold out of India too? He had that **** Agnew doing his dirty work, he was selling anyone that was worth a few quid and allegedly taking a cut, he waged a war against the fans, told untold lies and bullshit to media about us as a fan base.. The l
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  22. I was reading a report of the Derby v Owls game today in the “ Sunday Observer “ and this piece struck home for me. “ You tirelessly run the channels for 46 games, only to be relegated on a technicality. You invest your time and emotion and your iFollow subscription, but you are powerless to stop the club you cherish being mismanaged into the dirt. Grief is the price you pay for love. Despair is the price you pay for hope. But for the growing number of clubs in the dungeon of English football, the equation between hope and despair has never been so cruelly weighted. A life of eterna
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  23. No no no - I don't want to be developing any other academies youngsters whilst we have our own great academy. Why loan players when we have zero ambition for promotion. The Harvey Elliott loan an absolute waste - what benefit did we actually get? He didn't push us to a top 6 finish, so we should have been developing Dolan who actually we own. The THB and Branthwaite loans absolutely pointless. Could have developed Carter / Magloire and again we have finish midtable with these loans.
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  24. "Moving forward all I ask is they compete and give their very best" Wow. Exciting. Roll up roll up get your season tickets with a price rise for the next stage of Mowbray's reverse journey. Seems he's been burned by the bravado of aiming for the play-offs now he's realised that it isn't ever going to happen under him and people will hold that expectation against him. So instead lets just do away with any position, achievement, points tally and simply measure performance on the team 'competing' and 'giving their very best'. Of course these two elements cannot be measured nor judged an
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  25. Thanks for a very well reasoned reply. Appreciate there is a lot of opinion and conjecture in this although fwiw given his clout at the club I find it impossible to think he didn't know of and at least tacitly approve of the plans. (Plus the Coventrio is a huge coincidence otherwise too!) Where I really take issue is the all managers comments can be seen as talking us down. There is a huge difference between the reality changing BS the current incumbents spouts and previous managers talking us down a bit. Not under Souness, Hughes, Ince or any manager has anyone ever said the fans
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  26. I've come to terms with it in that if he's there, I definitely won't be.
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  27. This is the problem Rev, the way some people on here react to snippets being passed on doesn't exactly encourage posters to share any info or even gossip. It all gets a bit snidey at times. For what its worth I still trust my source who told me that the plan around Feb/March time was to part company with TM at the end of the season, then it seemed to change to a more imminent parting of the ways in April, then something happened to put Plan A back on the table, which my source reckons is still going to happen. I am making the assumption that they had someone lined up to take over but it d
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  28. Bell will in 5 years time still be a player that people think there is more to come from him that will never materialise. He is no better than Douglas and theres no way that either should be here next season. He isnt clinical and that may very well prevent him from succeeding at the top level. But there seems an unhealthy obsession to dismiss his achievements, his goal record is phenomenal yet even today, he scored another hat trick and there is criticism about one or two shots thay he didnt take. Scoring so many goals isnt lucky, its a fantastic personal achievement that deserves
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  29. They shouldn’t bother with these awards after the season we’ve had.
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  30. No, the mods aren’t stopping free speech, we are stopping your insults of posters and general demeanour of rudeness. If you want to hang around here for a while, I’d recommend enrolling at charm school quick sharp!
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  31. Having read a fair few of Nostradamus’s and the Brahan Seer’s predictions (late night junk reading) I would say I have learned two things about successfully predicting the future: 1. Make your predictions so vague that they can mean anything. 2. Re-write the prophecy after the event to make it fit a bit better. Former resident of these parts - Alan Nixon - was an absolute master at it. He could put Nostradamus and Old Mother Shipton to shame. I genuinely enjoy all the “itk” stuff that gets posted on this site. If anyone doesn’t take it with a huge pinch of salt (lik
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  32. He holed a lovely red on the 19th.
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  33. 15: P 46 W 15 D 12 L1 9 F 65 A 54 GD 11 PTS 57 20pts from Bournemouth in sixth. 34pts from automatic promotion (Watford). 14pts above relegation. D- from me. Expectation from the man himself after four years of building, was pushing top six. Nowhere near. Second highest goal scorer in the league doesn't paper over defensive cracks, and tactical nonsense we have seen and had to put up with. Bright start, and BD back, before BD out and the disaster that was 2021. We all know he should have gone with 10 games to go, bring in new blood, let the new manager get a feel for
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  34. Think you are wrong. Can't stand the bloke - never been a fan but, IMO, his excuses, bullsh1t, demeanour and unwillingness to take any responsibility etc have alienated many. I think he is taking the p1ss and has been doing so for some time now. A humble, working, man of integrity with Rovers at heart - my arse!
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  35. Has he gone yet? Every day he's here now is a day wasted.
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  36. You don’t know me to question my support for this club, I’ve had a season ticket for 20 years but I’m not renewing next season if this clown stays in charge. Been gradually falling out of love with football and this club since 2011. I imagine many others feel the same.
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  37. My glass became three quarters empty when Venkys sacked Allardyce and forced John Williams and others out of the club. No one at Blackburn Rovers has put a single drop into that glass since. It's a living hell.
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  38. Coyle deffo tried to pull wool over our eyes somewhat re: SEM, but I never felt he tried to actively and deliberately disrespect the club in the same way Mowbray has. 'Shrearer and Sutton aren't here anymore' ffs. Coyle was just a crap manager and a liar. Mowbray is a crap manager, a liar, and willing to put us down as a club. In fact the only managers post-Sam to respect Rovers to any real degree are Bowyer and Berg.
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  39. That suggests we've 'gone for it' before? I must've missed that.
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  40. The club still owes me from 2019-20 for games they didn't let me in to watch which i paid for up front. I think Waggott has still had £300,000 out of the club during the last 12 months, and has spent that time trying to sell our training ground. Everyone has their limit. Mine was reached with the above. That's before we get on to an unsackable manager and them expecting us to pay for it to continue.
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  41. So frustrating that we play like this when there’s nothing to play for. If anything it strengthens the belief that this manager should be gone ASAP
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  42. When I was talking to Stuart Caley (Head of Safety at Ewood) at last Saturday's 'protest' I got the distinct impression staff have been told to avoid any comment on what is happening behind the scenes at the Rovers. 'Tight Lipped' is how I'd describe it.. Now, read into that what you will, but clearly 'someone' is pulling the strings down at the club, and it doesn't appear to be anyone from India, in any meaningful operational sense. I suspect that what other posters have suggested is likely the case - that Waggot and Mowbray have stitched up the situation at Blackburn Rovers such that th
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  43. Ah the old ‘fella at the golf club bar said...’ Done deal, obviously!
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  44. They pulled the plug on this. It’s the thing that keeps me believing that Mowbray and his men are gone. Dodgy group. Old fashioned looking for a bit of gravy on a deal. Train on the ewood pitch to prove you need to sell brockhall. Buy your friends son and give him a four year contract. Anyone who has to keep speaking about how honourable they are needs watching because hourable people don’t. He’s in the same group as Kean and Coyle but craftier. All I want is a guy who want to achieve things for us and not for himself. He’s spent 4 seasons talking us down he wouldnt do that at boro the old la
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  45. Arguing who's been our worst manager of the last ten years just shows me how much absolute nonsense we have had to endure. It doesn't matter who's been worse in my view, all of them have not been good enough for one reason or another. And if we get rid of Mowbray, we'll just get another bottom feeder installed.
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  46. I don't understand the whole not buying a ticket if Mowbray starts the season as manager. Sorry. I understood the Venky boycott but if history tells us something it is that it does not matter what our game attendance is. Managers come and go in this game and depriving yourself of watching Rovers because of one man is silly. Voice your opinion in the ground. Unlike Venkys he literally has to be there to hear it. Talk of comparing him to Kean and Coyle is just overexaggerated. He's a poor manager that is covering his failings with drivel in the media. What differs him from other manag
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  47. TM - "If I sort the friendlies, can I stay" TM - "Hello?" TM - "Helloooo. Is anyone listening?" * silence * TM - "Yippee"
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  48. This rhetoric that we had to acclimatise to the Championship after promotion is a load of bull. We only ended up in L1 as our team massively underperformed under a hopeless manager (Coyle). The squad was more than capable of playing in the Championship, as evidenced by our decent form under Mowbray, before we went down. Throwing away the chance to win L1 at the end of the season was all on Mowbray and for me was the start of dumbing down fan expectations. I'd have kicked him out of the club a season or two ago when he made out that we needed to be worried about Preston. A game in which we
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