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Just now, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

Sorry if someone has already posted it, but Sharpe reckons Smallwood is going nowhere as will fight for his place. Everything wrong with us right there. No room for sentiment - thank him for his service and ship him out.

If he won't accept it himself it's not much the club can do though, besides paying him off of course.

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Just now, 1864roverite said:

Can’t wait to see our new Euro scout having previously been a pundit and learned all their talented skills from BRfC.com😂😂😂😂😂

To be fair, conceding as many goals as we did last season isn’t a joke, so people are giving their opinion on who they think we should sign on an Internet forum. 

Whatever next?

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Just now, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

Sorry if someone has already posted it, but Sharpe reckons Smallwood is going nowhere as will ‘fight for his place’. Everything wrong with us right there. No room for sentiment - thank him for his service and ship him out.

A raft of over generous contracts especially in the direction of Mulgrew will have a big say in it i think.  TM has backed himself right into a corner even if he drops these guys they won't leave.

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Just now, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

Sorry if someone has already posted it, but Sharpe reckons Smallwood is going nowhere as will ‘fight for his place’. Everything wrong with us right there. No room for sentiment - thank him for his service and ship him out.

Best of luck to the lad, he’s inferior to every other central midfielder we have.

I hope they have cushions on the bench for him to get comfortable.

(That’s not to say I don’t respect the job he did for us in league one, I really do, but there’s no room for sentiment in football).

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Just now, Commondore said:

If he won't accept it himself it's not much the club can do though, besides paying him off of course.

Can’t imagine him being the type to be happy to sit on the bench (or not even make the squad). Sure we could get a few quid for him if we tried. 

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Just now, WIR Second Coming said:

But what if his ruptured Achilles and lack of fitness mean he isn't available for selection till March 2020?

Why march next year doesn’t take that long to build up match fitness maybe a month?

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Apparently, TM turned up at his local Kwik Fit the other day as his tyres were going bald on the inner edge. The guy at Kwik Fit explained that his tracking was out and that without fixing it, this would keep happening. Mowbray acknowledged this and said that yes he really should get this sorted, however, asked if he kept coming back on a regular basis for tyres, would they give him a good discount. The manger at Kwik Fit obviously said that they would, so Tony got them to put a couple of Pirellis on and said that he wouldn't bother wasting any money on getting the tracking done.

Never one to try & sort out the route cause our Tony!

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2 minutes ago, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

Sorry if someone has already posted it, but Sharpe reckons Smallwood is going nowhere as will ‘fight for his place’. Everything wrong with us right there. No room for sentiment - thank him for his service and ship him out.

Should have been the first name sold.

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Too many backtracks from TM for me. 

I'm so extremely fed up and people who thought this window would be any different - would love to hear your opinions now. 

Our main frailties not fixed which TM said he would.

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4 minutes ago, K-Hod said:

To be fair, conceding as many goals as we did last season isn’t a joke, so people are giving their opinion on who they think we should sign on an Internet forum. 

Whatever next?

It is said tongue in cheek KHod as can be seen by the laughing with tears emojis 😂😂👍👍😂😂

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20 hours ago, Silas said:

You spotted this from Mexico right? 

Which begs the question why are there people in Lancashire that seem to he struggling to notice it? 

Puzzling. 

I don't know pal what i can tell you is that im Rovers since 2001 and i love this colors so much that i would never talk shet before to give my support...i know everybody has the right to  expressing their opinions what is not fair enough is so much negativity around our players and manager a first division team needs firat division supporters don't you think? Cheers from Mexico pal!!

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10 hours ago, arbitro said:

It means absolutely nothing in the context of where we are now.

Rotherham took four points from us and were one of the worst teams in the league.

Someone mentioned Derby - I mentioned that squad that took four points from them.

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Just now, Paul Mellelieu said:

Someone mentioned Derby - I mentioned that squad that took four points from them.

Actually you said that defence took four points from them, which it didn't.

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Just now, Ewood Ace said:

Actually you said that defence took four points from them, which it didn't.

For the pedants in the room I added a reference to the squad, because that was the context of the discussion, ie we hadn't added defenders to the squad.

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4 hours ago, Gavlar Somerset Rover! said:

You’ve obviously got a few contacts close to the club - is that their opinion too?

They wouldn’t say something like that to me to be fair, would be unprofessional for a club that pays their wages. Think Tony  has a close inner circle and then “others” however. 

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3 hours ago, chaddyrovers said:

Rovers/Mowbray should be targeting a centre back and Left Back before the deadline. Bring in Michael Hector(centre back) and Greg Cunningham(left back and available from Cardiff) and we are looking at top 6 finish otherwise we arent. 

Wow I've read it all now, a top 6 finish haha. Bring in those 2 and we may have a chance of not finishing in the bottom 6.

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 Another (Groundhog) day goes by and not only no signings but not even any links/rumours/sniffs of any new blood coming in. Must be saving the money for a big push in the January window, good tactics.

(Rinse and repeat)

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A few thoughts: 

1) hard to get excited about signings. Even if we do sign players, and they are good (no guarentee of either with TM's track record) they aren't certainties to play - or play in their main positions. Given we had a few solutions to Saturday's problems on the bench, and given players when played aren't always in position (Bereton, Reed) there's a lot more hurdles to cross than "just" getting them in. 

2) I'd keep Smallwood as a squad player. He can tackle and is always fit - 2 positives over Evans. Add in Evans wages and he's be the one to go for me. Johnston, Travis, Bennett and Smallwood are enough for the defensive mid positions. 

3) it might be me and the papers hyping it but virtually all other clubs have made solid foreign signings - how hard is it to get our network set up and something from it? 

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11 minutes ago, Paul Mellelieu said:

That makes no sense.  

It does when you apply it to the manager.

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Just now, Songman said:

Wow I've read it all now, a top 6 finish haha. Bring in those 2 and we may have a chance of not finishing in the bottom 6.

The Chadster has a slightly skewed view of things blue & white, and is definitely from the 'glass half full' side of the fan base. I dare say there appears to be only one person who doesn't appear to have got the joke about our defensive frailty, and unfortunately that is the manager. If we were to strengthen defensively I would anticipate an upturn in confidence amongst the players which might lead to a concomitant improvement in play (football being a confidence game). If we don't, I do worry that we may spiral out of control down the league - I mean, if Lee Bowyer can out-manoeuvre TM, it won't be a surprise when more capable teams take us apart. 

Hoping for some good news on the recruitment front in the next 48 hours, but not holding my breath.

Oh for a return to the heady days of John Williams upstairs and a footballing brain at the  helm  ..

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Just now, Blue blood said:

A few thoughts: 

1) hard to get excited about signings. Even if we do sign players, and they are good (no guarentee of either with TM's track record) they aren't certainties to play - or play in their main positions. Given we had a few solutions to Saturday's problems on the bench, and given players when played aren't always in position (Bereton, Reed) there's a lot more hurdles to cross than "just" getting them in. 

2) I'd keep Smallwood as a squad player. He can tackle and is always fit - 2 positives over Evans. Add in Evans wages and he's be the one to go for me. Johnston, Travis, Bennett and Smallwood are enough for the defensive mid positions. 

3) it might be me and the papers hyping it but virtually all other clubs have made solid foreign signings - how hard is it to get our network set up and something from it? 

Evans reads the game well, would keep him before Smallwood without question. Though both should probably move on along with Bell and Mulgrew, if we can find clubs for them. 

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2 hours ago, JHRover said:

Derby being very clever from what I can see.

'Excluded items' from FFP calculations:

5.2.4 - 'costs of employee benefits for employees only partly involved in Youth Development Activities (for example, a coach having part-time involvement in Youth Development Activities and otherwise working for the Championship club)'

Presumably therefore Rooney wont fall under FFp calculations.

Keep on moaning Rovers. I actually respect Derby for taking the rules to pieces in full public view - 'selling' their ground and getting Rooney as a 'coach'.

To be fair I don’t think Rovers are moaning, that’s the fans mainly. You give the impression we shouldn’t worry about FFP, just go for it and spend millions, bit of a dangerous game, we’ve already fell foul of the rules and suffered embargo’s etc, and lucky that didn’t involve points reduction as like Birmingham.Think the management are very concerned of FFP and are managing it best they can.  They’ve just chucked in another 9 mil to keep us going so who knows where we are up to re keeping to the rules.

We all know what Venkys did back in the day, but like it or not we need them more than they need us at this moment.

We all want to get back to the Premiership but not at any cost, because we don’t want to end up like our neighbours Bolton.

Does look as though Derby are stretching/ bending the rules and good luck to them, personally think the FFP rules need clarification, because it looks like some clubs are certainly very close to breaking the rules.

Lets hope we can stretch to a l/b and c/b before Thursday, but feeling only one to come in unless we offload a couple of bodies.

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