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JHRover

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  1. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    This happens all the time. I cant work out if Mowbray just comes out with stuff he thinks people want to hear whenever a microphone is stuck in front of him or whether he genuinely expects what he says to happen but things keep on moving and changing. There's certainly very little consistency in what he comes out with and it is understandable why people are frustrated and disappointed with it. Whether it is budgets, calibre of player, positions, timings - Mowbray's comments to me seem to be all over the place. Maybe it's some cunning plan to confuse the competition or maybe we are all over the place on the whim of crackpots in India.
  2. JHRover

    Lewis Travis

    Excellent news which came as a surprise to me. Important piece of business.
  3. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I suspect that Mowbray went off to India with bold aims, but was told that there would be no money and that he would have to generate cash though sales before being allowed to spend. I believe that is the true reason for his u-turn on defenders, as there simply isn't the cash to do what he suggested he would do. The Raya sale I believe was motivated by a wish to raise funds, rather than by Raya's ability or his desire to be here. If there was a serious aim to progress you would keep Raya, let Leutwiler go and sign another decent keeper to compete with Raya. Perhaps the most baffling aspect of the summer is the decision to then use up all the Raya money on Sam Gallagher. As I said earlier I quite like him and think he could be a decent signing but if he's used up all the cash in the pot I see it as lunacy. I imagine that Mowbray had put a lot of time and effort into the Gallagher deal perhaps even with a verbal agreement with the lad to come here this summer, so that's why we went back in and did that one having been keen on him in the last two windows. It seems the aim now is to rectify our defensive issues through wheeling and dealing in frees and loans. That's ok if you pick up quality but to do that you have to pay the wages and you have to strike quickly and decisively. The best ones get snapped up quickly by those who act decisively and pay the going rate. The botched Bauer pursuit was a worry. The time it is taking to sign a keeper or CB is a worry. The names we are being linked with are a worry. I can't see how we are going to get any improvement on our defensive issues of last season.
  4. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I think the logical interpretation is that there is no plan, we are at the stage now of scratching around to find people with the deadline only a couple of weeks away.
  5. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    As per Assombalonga we were never going to get Forster or Hart, but the rumours were fun for the fans. Always going to be some bargain aisle solution as the window shuts.
  6. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Even more concerning then that we've allowed such substantial transfer funds to be tied up in two players unlikely to feature very much. I personally find it incomprehensible that having witnessed what we did last season, particularly from December through to March, that we are sat here 12 days before the season starts with a weaker defence than we had last season. I find it unacceptable that having sold Raya almost 3 weeks ago with a sale progressing well before that we're still waiting to address that area. I don't demand big money be spent and dont accept spending money is a risk to the club's future. That depends on how the owners intend to cover it. But I do expect whatever resources we have should be allocated to improve the team immediately and not on long term projects to try and sell on for a big profit down the line. There are two sides to FFp. Beyond cost cutting and balancing spending there is increasing income. Waggott's failed season ticket policy is a big problem and he appears to have made little progress on that front. I also don't accept that 'at least it isn't as bad as at Bolton or Bury' is a reason to be positive or grateful. The situation at Bury is very different to that at Rovers and whilst the Bolton one is more similar they are at the extreme end of the scale. Setting our stall on avoiding ending up in their state isn't going to get the club anywhere.
  7. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    So you're happy or comfortable with the plan which last time saw us end up in League One?
  8. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Why did Waggott say we were within FFP parameters if there's now a risk and we'll have to sell Dack next summer to comply?
  9. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Other clubs do it differently. They might not commit to as large fees as we have with Brereton and Gallagher but when they sign a player they do so for that player to immediately improve their team, not as a 'project'. They might sell someone every 12 months to offset it but then reinvest. Last time we moved in a 3 season cycle. We spent good money and signed quality under Bowyer, let it grow and then slashed and burned in no time at all, refused to reinvest anything and ended up getting relegated. So we have done the selling part - bringing in more cash than most clubs will have done at this level - we just did it all at once with no ability to strengthen after it. You must be confident in Venkys if you don't think similar could happen next summer.
  10. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I thought the plan was to be promoted by next summer?
  11. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    A good buy in isolation yes. But not if that's all our money gone and we aren't going to see similar invested into essential areas and are now resorting to Ffp excuses. If Ffp is a problem preventing us from addressing GK and defence then we shouldn't have bought Gallagher.
  12. JHRover

    Championship season 2019-20

    I think Bilic is the appointment of the summer and will probably lead them to promotion this season. A top drawer appointment for a Championship club.
  13. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    And it would need less careful management if we hadn't splurged £12 million or whatever it is on players who almost certainly won't be playing against Charlton. If Venkys actually ran the club properly then we could be like Leicester, or Wolves, who have benefited from foreign 'billionaires' whereas this mob have brought absolutely nothing good to this club other than people being grateful they haven't bankrupted us like Bolton and Bury. Great.
  14. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Last summer we chose to spend £7 million on a teenager who wasnt ready to play games. We were told that we were Ffp compliant and were not risking breaking those rules. If there is an issue with Ffp that deal will have gone a long way towards that. Mowbray or Waggott were responsible for allowing that deal to go through.
  15. JHRover

    Kits 19/20

    So Richard Sharpe has confirmed a 3rd kit will be needed but doesn't know any more details. Slightly better than the embarrassing turning out in the previous year's away shirt but still unnecessary.
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