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  1. JHRover

    West Brom at home

    West Brom appointed a top drawer manager, paid the necessary and let him get on with the job. It isn't rocket science. When we came down we mucked around with Kean, Berg and Appleton before Bowyer got the job by default. If we'd have got a top manager in 2012 I'm confident we would have been back up.
  2. I agree that a museum from a commercial viewpoint probably wouldn't be viable. But it could be done on non commercial lines. You don't need to open it up 9-5 every day of the week. Just open it on matchdays for a few hours before the game. Free entry to ticket holders, put displays up on our history, memorabilia from days gone by, shirts etc. I'm sure many Rovers fans would be happy to donate their stuff if it was looked after. Just move one of the club staff to the door to check tickets and the job is a Good one. Just another idea to generate interest, give people a reason to go to the ground, learn about the club, the club could use it to collect and store its history (I get the impression that the club has made no efforts to gather its memorabilia and I suspect Birdy has a bigger collection in his house). Wolves have managed it. A huge part of their marketing is promoting their 50s glory days and they have a museum and cafe. There always seems to be a can't do rather than a can do attitude around the club.
  3. Hmmmm. Are you saying Blackburn is a small North West town or that Blackburn Rovers is a small North West town club? Either way, I'm not sure either is accurate. I certainly wouldn't describe Rovers as a small club and whilst we are constrained by heavy competition and a relatively small catchment area I'm not sure I'd agree even that Blackburn is a small town. The conurbation has around 150,000 people plus many more just outside it so we are not an Accrington or Morecambe here. The reason we have a 31,000 capacity and not 20-25,000 like our neighbours is because our ground was built for us to be the best in the country, and not for us to be mediocre like Preston, Wigan and Burnley have been. At the time it was built i think 30,000 was a sensible capacity for where we were. If JW had built it to 25,000 he may have been locking people out. Its too big now for where we are. The way to overcome that issue is to get promoted and grow the fan base. Sadly that sounds like.too much hard work for the Waggots of the world. I agree the Riverside needs work doing to it soon. It looks a mess, the facilities are letting the club and stadium down. To not even have every seat under cover and have no concourse is really poor. It doesn't help that when it was done in the 80s it was on the cheap and wasn't a complete newbuild. I wouldn't waste my time with a 'refurb'. I don't think it could be done to a good enough standard to make it worthwhile and with this setup would probably end up worse than it is now. With this lot we'd probably throw up a prefab thing like they have at Accrington. The last thing we need is it doing on the cheap as a patch up job. It needs completely rebuilding in line with modern specs to include internal space, concourses, disabled access, floodlights, the works. Might not be cheap but there are ways to get it done. Preston managed it with their pavilion not long ago.
  4. JHRover

    Season Restart

    We don't know what league we are going to be in
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    Wigan Administration

    I think Dave Whelan's original plan after taking over Wigan Athletic was to buy Central Park from the Rugby club and refurbish/rebuild it into a modern ground for both football and rugby. He entered into discussions with the rugby club owner but in the end he accepted a higher offer from Tesco, so Whelan went off and built the JJB on spare land instead. When you are outside the main stand at Wigan that is obviously modelled on the Jack Walker stand with the glass and brick. As are the Centennial stand at Anfield and Park end at Goodison which were both built in the 90s. The rest of the DW/JJB is basic and functional. Better than many new grounds as it has 4 separate single tiered stands which are quite steep and close together which helps the atmosphere. Also still reasonably located in reach of the town centre rather than miles away.
  6. JHRover

    Championship season 2019-20

    What a hammering for Stoke. They, along with Huddersfield, Boro and Hull look like getting out of jail with Wigan's points deduction.
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    Championship season 2019-20

    Birmingham owners are in the football manager mindset. Not happy with what they had in Rowett pushing for the top 6, tried to be clever and have got nowhere. Exactly what I spend my time warning against here. Keep it simple and focus on results.
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    Dunn joins (Blackpool) Barrow

    Isn't Rob Kelly not still working with Rosler at Fortuna Dusseldorf? Why would he leave them to be assistant manager at Barrow?!
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    Championship season 2019-20

    We just can't stay above Preston. It's like a curse, as soon as we get near they rebound with the necessary result to get back above again. I hope that our win v Cardiff and Derby's defeat along with tonight's turnaround isn't the catalyst for PNE to mount a late push. They looked down and out but now find themselves in with a chance although a tricky one v Forest coming up. With us waving the white flag on the play offs it would be the worst outcome imaginable if they managed to sneak back in with a late rally. Looking forward now to this points deduction for Sheffield Wednesday. With them and Wigan both getting significant deductions it could be a scramble to the bottom and the likes of Hull, Boro and Stoke could survive on a technicality. Even Birmingham would be still in danger were it not for the Wigan deduction.
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    Cardiff away

    Yes I would. Why? Because if we sell those players we have that other clubs want we end up on a slippery slope and as we saw in 2017 it could easily end in relegation. It will certainly ensure we don't win promotion which should be the sole ambition here. Forget the side show about player values, individual development or styles of play. It is all a distraction. The only thing on minds should be assembling a squad good enough for promotion. The first thing you do is not just sell anyone decent out of fear of losing money. If he stays another year and we do well and get promoted we are in profit. Speculate to accumulate. Living life in this league afraid of spending money and constantly looking to sell assets will ensure we don't get promoted. We have enough work to do this window thanks to our flawed transfer strategy (which you repeatedly defended last summer) which means we have no keeper, one CB and no LB or wide men. Why create more problems?
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    Cardiff away

    Mowbray was in the press today saying he doesn't know his budget. So I'm not sure on what basis anyone is saying we have to sell players. If Ffp is delayed or deferred then in effect we get a bonus season. Everyone is affected by the same rules so sickening stunts like.selling our assets.to Brentford or Fulham like we've done recently will be unjustifiable. Last we heard Venkys were billionaires desperate and determined to invest in the club and get it promoted.
  12. JHRover

    Championship season 2019-20

    I'm guessing so that Middlesbrough can drive home after the game without needing hotels and without arriving back in the middle of the night
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    Cardiff away

    I'd prioritise getting promoted and ensuring we have a squad capable of doing so e.g. keeping our best players and adding to them rather than worrying about what we might or might not be able to fetch for our best players.
  14. JHRover

    Cardiff away

    in theory yes if they were determined enough. I'm sure there will be some other excuse though.
  15. JHRover

    Cardiff away

    An enjoyable and welcome win. Impressive in many ways against a Cardiff side in fine form on a ground we struggle on. Armstrong proving his values once again. Travis and Johnson very good. I agree that the presence of Graham in the starting XI makes the difference. A typical Rovers performance timed to come off the back of 3 abject results and to bounce back with an impressive and deserved away win against a good side. Mowbray has been doing this for more than 2 years. I wish it would change but we seem to go around in these circles, ruing missed opportunities against the weak sides of the league.
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