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JHRover last won the day on December 19 2017

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  1. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Possible, though would they play him and risk him against us if a move was imminent? He's hardly going to be focused on them if playing his next club and they could risk injury costing them a substantial transfer fee.
  2. Fleetwood

    I'd much sooner be in our position of having a full week to rest and prepare and hopefully get over some injuries than having to spend all day today travelling down to Leicester/London, facing Premier League opposition and not getting back home until 2am.
  3. Fleetwood

    Shrewsbury, Wigan and Fleetwood all play their cup replays against Premier League opposition tonight or tomorrow. Shrewsbury and Fleetwood away at West Ham and Leicester. They are likely to be exerting themselves in such big games before having only 2-3 days recovery to prepare for the weekend. We've had all week to rest, enjoy last weekend and prepare for Saturday - really need to take advantage of this.
  4. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Depends on what money Venkys come up with. I expect if we do go up all 3 would be very much achievable signings. If Huddersfield survive in the Premier League I reckon they'd be open to offers for Payne. Likewise Newcastle with Armstrong - if their takeover happens and Benitez has a good spend he'll be well out of their thoughts. Chapman out of contract at Boro plus Pulis will be putting his stamp on things so expect he'd be the easiest of the 3 to sign permanently, providing the cash is forthcoming from above, which it would need to be for our sakes.
  5. The January 2018 transfer thread

  6. Premier League Stuff

    Hughes got the Stoke job having made a right mess of QPR with a big budget. He arguably made a bigger mess there than Lambert did at Villa so I don't really see what the difference is - they both walked into the Stoke job despite recent 'failures'. Alan Pardew got the Newcastle job having been sacked at League One Southampton, yet since then at Newcastle, Palace and WBA has shown himself to be a competent Premier League manager. The appointment of Roy Hodgson at Palace was met with raised eyebrows and now he's taken them from bottom of the table to mid-table in the space of 4 months. David Moyes was labelled as yesterday's man after United and Sunderland yet is turning West Ham around. Lesson to be learnt - 'failing' in your last job - particularly in jobs where nobody ever succeeds - Villa, Sunderland, England - doesn't mean you're a bad manager.
  7. The January 2018 transfer thread

    A wild guess but I suspect James Vaughn is costing Wigan a lot more than Armstrong or Payne are costing Rovers. I don't know what these clubs expect when a club like Rovers drops into this league. Of course we should be able to throw more money around and attract better players than Shrewsbury. That isn't arrogance, its a fact of life. Just like Wigan, Sheffield Utd, Wolves, Leicester, Norwich, Southampton etc. have done in spells in this league. With the exception of Sheffield United all of them went straight up and that is what I suspect we need to do. I'm not celebrating just yet as there's a long way to go in this transfer window alone but for once it is good to be pursuing players proven for the level we are at. It is refreshing to see fans of other clubs envious of our personnel and recruitment having spent the last 3-4 years rummaging around in the cast off and freebie aisle in the Championship.
  8. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Good point, especially when Mowbray questioned whether there were integrity issues with what they did last season. Wagner must not be bothered or bear a grudge.
  9. The January 2018 transfer thread

    I don't think Chapman will feature again this season, and Mowbray is progressing on that basis.
  10. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Is this the first 'scoop' the Telegraph have had? I can't remember the last time that they ran with a story of something happening before the club had confirmed it.
  11. Message to Venky's

    Its my belief that the 'brains' behind the operation, the ones pushing the whole thing, the ones with the plan were not the ones who purchased the majority shareholding in the club. Whether that remains the case today is anyone's guess. I don't believe that Balaji woke up one day in Pune, had an idea and started ringing around asking about which English football clubs were available to buy. I believe our old agent friend had an idea and needed a partner with money and minimal idea/interest to enable it to take place. He had to select carefully as someone with real interest or experience of the industry would have sussed him out a mile off and the thing wouldn't have been possible. Venkys were sold the idea - they would own the shares, reap the benefits of the publicity whilst not having to worry about actually running the club. I believe this is why even today they take little to no interest in the mechanics of running the club because it was never their intention or in the plan for them to be concerned about such trivial matters which are almost an irrelevance to them. As for why Venkys are still here it could be any one of many reasons. I suspect because they come from a background where once they own something they don't let it go unless they have to as that would constitute admitting defeat and admission of failure on their part. Providing they can afford to let the circus roll on then they will do rather than allow 3rd parties in to take the club off their hands. They're obviously very proud of their 'achievements' in business and hanging their mummy and daddy's photos up in Jack's box was the first thing they did after the takeover - suggests to me that as their first and only real major venture beyond the core business interests there remains an element of pride involved. Compare to the takeover at Wolves - highly influential agent yes, probably dictating the recruitment of the club yes, but I suspect the Chinese financiers will only allow it as far as it benefits WWFC and themselves. If it fasttracks them to the Premier League and access to that money and publicity then they've done their job.
  12. Premier League Stuff

    Was it any worse than under Bowyer that season before him or come to think of it under Coyle after him? Is Guardiola a rubbish manager because he won naff all with City last season despite the most expensive squad in the league? No - because he needed time to sort them out into what he wanted. Maybe an extreme example and not for a minute attempting to compare the two managers but the fact remains any manager needs at the very least a summer to imprint his methods and recruit his personnel. Less extreme examples - Warnock at Cardiff last season, Wagner and Jokanovic at Huddersfield and Fulham the season before, Dyche in his first 6 months at Burnley - none had particularly impressive records and did enough to ensure survival before kicking on and doing excellent jobs in their second seasons.
  13. Message to Venky's

    Clubs and owners employ agents all the time. The difference is that at Rovers in 2010 an agent or agents employed the owners. Nothing wrong with relying on the 'advice' of well connected individuals so long as those people aren't actually running the club using the owners as a convenient front to shield that from the authorities.
  14. The January 2018 transfer thread

    I was told from a usually reliable source that Bowyer wasn't even aware a bid was in for him, let alone that it had been accepted, until Cairney was half way down the M6 to Fulham's training ground. Bowyer then tried to get a chance to stop the deal but was refused by persons above him. Don't really see for one minute why Bowyer would opt to sell our best player to a side that finished below us whilst still under a transfer embargo knowing full well he'd get little to none of the proceeds to reinvest. Just so happens that sale ushered in a period of selling anyone who would raise a few quid - Gestede, Hanley, Rhodes and Duffy followed soon after - so the owners certainly made their intentions known at that stage.
  15. The January 2018 transfer thread

    Meanwhile if they'd have fought Fulham off then it might be us knocking on the door of the top 6 of the Championship with a player on our hands worth £15,000,000 rather than scratching around for loans in the 3rd division wondering what small percentage sell on we might get.