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  2. bluebruce

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Because if you keep your best players and buy better ones, you improve.
  3. Sorry about the FA Cup last night. Wanted you to do it, seriously, hoped you'd have a good run and make the later rounds. It's a shame but going to extra time worked in our favour to a small extent as your players only have a short time to rest and we'll be more fresher for when the time arises. Not sure about what to expect. A trip to Blackburn provides some vivid memories such as the 1994 last game escape and winning in the FA Cup soon after when you were League Champions. We'll field some new players that have come in and many seem excited about Lambert (he has written a letter to the fans thanking them for their support and patience) After the rubbish that came before the only way is onwards. Has a tendency to play one up front and hope that is thrown aside for when we visit. I can see it now, Sears Keane or Jackson up front, with Lankester and Quaner to bring on as further options. I'm worried about Dack and Graham as I see them as good players who can cause opposition sides a number of problems but we'll see how it goes. We have to win given our situation, running out of games and points in the weeks ahead. Not saying it'll be easy but I think we can give you a game regardless of our league placing. Probably bring a good number up too. There's something of a feel good factor about the club right now even if the threat of League One hangs over the team like a massive shadow.
  4. JHRover

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    I'll come back to what I said earlier this week. In the last 6 months following promotion Mowbray has awarded new, improved contracts to Smallwood, Evans, Graham, Mulgrew, Lenihan, Conway and Bennett. Now some, including me, applauded most of those decisions and I still think most of them deserved at least improved terms if not longer contracts (not sure on Smallwood and Conway but the rest all good enough and needed keeping for our first season back at this level) and I think most of them have done very well this season. Lets try to imagine for one minute the reaction from Madame and Mr Desai if Mowbray rings them up and asks for millions of pounds in transfer fees and wages to bring in a raft of new players to replace the above and consign them to the bench for the next 2 years. First question he gets asked is 'why the hell did we go through with dishing out all those new contracts Tony?'
  5. RevidgeBlue

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Surprised people aren't making a lot more of these comments. With the exception of Reed ( not even our player anyway) and Dack the players he has mentioned are specifically some of the ones we will need to improve on and replace if we are to progress. We need experienced 27 or 28 year old replacements for Mulgrew and Graham and Smallwood and Evans aren't good enough. If TM is just making these sort of comments as some sort of man management to keep the existing staff happy until better players come in fair enough. If as I suspect he believes what he is saying in that we can't do any better I think we're in serious trouble. We're coming across as an old boys club, not a professional team looking to improve and win matches.
  6. Oldgregg86

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    I'm seriously starting to doubt if he has any intentions of improving key areas. The 11 we have now simply isn't good enough to challenge the top six. If he is only going to sign depth and bring players in to push the starting 11 then we aren't going to improve enough to get were we need to be, all the while dacks feet get itcher, rothwell gets restless and mulgrew and Graham get a year older. Players like Travis will start getting attention and won't want to stay at a mid placed team going nowhere and the cycle starts again.
  7. Problem is we only really have one round peg out wide. And he's old and inconsistent.
  8. DavidMailsTightPerm

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Player breaks into first team - and clubs after him - sounds like somebody's agent after a new deal for his client 😁
  9. bluebruce

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Uhh those are exactly the positions we expect you to sign people for, Tony. Except we mean wide midfielder and his comments imply centrally. Also we would be thinking two defenders not one. The realistic amongst us don't expect us to sign all four in January, at a quality good enough to improve us, at the right prices. But I'm worried he doesn't seem to at least want to target getting say two of those positions sorted, even if it doesn't come off.
  10. Stuart

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Interesting comment under the LT link. Has someone been asking questions about Mowbray’s abilities in the transfer market on the back of what’s happening with BB?
  11. booth

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    I like Mowbray but what a load of crap.
  12. Oldgregg86

    Championship 2018-19

    Good enough to worry your manager into sending spys in That isn't taking anything away from Leeds. Just because people think derby play good quality attractive football doesn't mean that other teams aren't looked at in the same way. As a rovers fan you could insert any of Leeds/wba/derby/shef united as how we should be aspiring to play The weird thing is mowbray talks like we are aiming to play attractive free flowing football like derby do yet if we are ever going to get to the right end of the table it's going to be more by following in the footsteps of Sheffield united.
  13. Stuart

    Tony Mowbray Appointed Head Coach

    Well done to Lindsey Talbot by the way. 👏🏻
  14. I think Rothwell belongs on the wings he doesn’t seem to have the intelligence to play at cm, though it’s early days for him yet. Or if he is in midfield have him in a more pure midfield three just to lessen responsibility and chance of crucial mistake. Any promise he’s shown though is when he’s on the wing running at the fullback, he’s really not afraid to drive straight at them which is good.
  15. joey_big_nose

    Brexit Thread

    Its a two step process - 1) rebel cross party group of MPs - led by Nick Boles Conservative - to propose and pass an amendment to the next Brexit vote scheduled 29th Jan which explicitly allocates time to debate and vote a subsequent private member's bill that rescinds/defers article 50, 2) use the anti no-deal majority in commons to get that private members bill passed. It's pretty audacious, but I think it will work. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/politics/2019/jan/17/nick-boles-tory-mp-plans-bill-make-no-deal-brexit-legally-impossible
  16. 47er

    Ben Brereton

    Social media is the new Cowards' Castle. Anyone who posts on it is opening themselves up to gratuitous abuse from cretins hiding in the ether. Get rid of it, you lived OK before it was invented.
  17. Stuart

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    I would not forgive Mowbray if he sells Travis in this window.
  18. Today
  19. Like I said I think Rothwell has shown signs of promise although if I had the choice I think Palmer looked a better player. One thing I will say in defence of Palmer/Rothwell/Brereton though is that as the season wears on and you're only getting a few minutes here and there every few games, it must get harder and harder to impress because of the lack of match practice and obviously the pressure is on to plait sawdust or you'll be dropped again. Even harder in Brereton's case when you're out of position. Not that he's shown a huge amount obviously.
  20. Where's the wingers?
  21. Butty

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    “The 21-year-old has broken into the first team at Ewood Park this season and has FIVE Premier League clubs watching him regularly.” What a load of bollocks watching him regularly? He’s started what, four games with his first start less than a month ago? But yes these premier league sides have been watching him regularly.. Lazy journalism.
  22. roversfan99

    Attendances

    The thing is, there isnt quantitative data as to how much the scheme of offering surcharges makes or loses the club because we dont know how many other people have decided against attending due to the raised price on the day. Saying x people still pay the surcharge therefore it isnt putting people off is factually incorrect, it doesnt prove anything as no one has argued that the surcharge has or will cause a total absence of matchday sales. The whole "we like to know in advance how many people are going" argument goes in the face of any sort of desire to get as many people in the ground as possible, and makes it seem like loads of people deciding last minute (which in many occasions will be the case) is an inconvenience rather than a bonus. I dont really get the argument that it is "fleecing" fans as obviously if people are willing to pay extra theyd be stupid not to charge it in a way. The whole crux of the argument centralises around those people who are offput on the day by the increase, not around those who do still go in spite of it. It also doesnt justify it that other clubs also charge it. I find their policy equally as puzzling, except I dont really care as it doesnt affect us.
  23. 47er

    Attendances

    We shouldn't look at the ticket surcharge in isolation. Its really about the overall failure to apply initiatives to attract new supporters, lure old fans back and make occasionals regulars. The standard of football is the main key of course but, outside that, there are many things the club could do which in the longer term would bring bigger crowds and thus more revenue.There have been many really good suggestions on here but they don't seem to have caught the ear of those who make the decisions. It would also help propel us into the Premier League whereupon all revenue problems are resolved. This sort of thinking is absent and its symbolised by the ticket surcharge which actually penalises any fans who decide to go at the last minute.
  24. Whilst I do agree that he can perhaps consider himself unfortunate not to have played more minutes, especially considering the alternatives. And I do agree that we are sadly short of flair and creativity. I remain unconcinced that Rothwell is the answer at the moment. You compare him to Brereton and you can at least see raw ability, hes quick and he can beat people, theres definitely something there. But hes yet to be sculpted into a particular position, ive read that he sees himself as a central midfielder but id never trust him there, he needs to be in the final third where his risks are more likely to be rewarded rather than cost us going the other way. But the more hes played, the less convinced I become. Im not too sure hes had a particularly positive impact in admittedly mainly cameos, hes yet to score or assist (unlike Palmer who was derided in comparison) and hes just continiously run into blind alleys, often in dangerous areas. The Sheff United game was a prime example of why I can understand Mowbrays distrust.
  25. Stuart

    Attendances

    Correct. But he won’t because it’s making a couple a grand per match and nobody is really complaining. In fact they are “happy” to pay. Probably tipping out their pockets to give more loose change, boiled sweets, and lint. Why oh why would they not promote this way for fans to save some cash? Actually, thinking about it, those 800 people every home game have probably already seen the small print but prefer to hand over their cash for nothing in return. Happy as larks!
  26. RV Blue

    JANUARY TRANSFER WINDOW

    Would anyone blame him?
  27. Stuart

    Attendances

    Yeah, I think most people are happy to be needlessly and gratuitously fleeced of their small change. Or they just tolerate it due to the flexibility of going at the last minute.
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