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  1. Paul Mani

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    I agree and I know that you have often echoed these sentiments but I have to say that I feel like there’s something different about this situation. I think the manager is giving huge hints as to his predicament in not understanding what finances he has at his disposal. It will be playing hell with his feng shui In terms of keeping the group happy. There’s a lot of players in that group who literally have no idea what will be happening next season. Sure, Venkys have been slow to the party on many occasions but they usually make sure contracts and they balance’ is kept. I really hope they just announce that the budget is set, keep the ones they want and let the rest go ASAP. I don’t want to go back to us being a basket case club.
  2. Paul Mani

    Tony Mowbray Discussion

    Excellent posts by Rolo and Matty. I would agree with most of what was said and much of Mowbrays tenure has been filled with inconsistencies. I think there are lots of reasons for and against him carrying on and they have been discussed until the cows come home but I really can’t see past two glaring points. 1) TM will live and die by the success of the two strikers whom he paid £11m and don’t appear to have a goal in them. If they don’t improve dramatically, VERY soon, I don’t see how he survives. 2) Assuming he stays on, we have to be in the playoff positions all season next year for him to have a chance of remaining in charge. Im worried about Venkys position and continued support. By all accounts the pandemic has hit them hard.
  3. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Like I said. Opinions...Only Gally has failed for me. Downing, Ada, Cunningham class. Johnson has been exactly what I thought and been useful in some games, not in others and I refuse to say that Walton has been a failure, if nothing because he’s been central to our best defensive showing since we dropped out of the PL.
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    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Haha - so let me ask you this. If 70% in here think the managers shit and needs replacing and the keeper is shit, then how on Earth have we achieved our record of clean sheets when Walton’s played every game and TM picks the team? Do you hear how ridiculous that sounds? Is there not just the slightest of chances that having dreamt of a play off promotion fairytale ending, that the last three Games (upto Cardiff) have left many upset and emotional. Take the emotion out of it and it’s very clear. In order to progress you must amass more points than the season before. Sure there are other metrics but assuming we finish higher than last season then we’ve progressed, right. You can argue this or that and everyone is entitled to their opinion.
  5. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Well considering we’ve had a record amount of clean sheets but our keeper is shite, then how else are we getting them? Overall, our defending has been better than last year right? Statistically?
  6. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Why can’t he keep it up? We’ll likely get more points this season than we did last season and his job is to do the same again next season. So long as he does that then what’s the problem? But seriously, why so bitter? Amazing how many grown men feel the need to get personal because someone doesn’t agree with what they say.
  7. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    As I said mate. It’s just about opinions. We don’t have to agree. imo Steele didn’t make unforced errors. He was just simply crap. Which has been proven everywhere he’s been since. He’s poor physically, technically, positionally...the full shebang. Walton is not poor in any of those departments. He’s just inconsistent. That’s why Brighton believe he will be their number 1 once he’s spent enough time getting in the Championship getting experience. So yeah, in my opinion it was a lazy comparison.
  8. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Whilst I respect your opinion I disagree with your point and I believe that you are reacting emotively to the poor performances since his return from COVid. Im not saying Walton is brilliant but there’s a difference between that and ‘unmitigated disaster’. Sure, he cannot be solely responsible for the most clean sheets, most away wins, etc stats but he is certainly a big part of that progress and a ‘hinderance’ could never have been involved in a process which yielded those results. As a side issue, some those now pointing to our wonderful defence and ‘defending from the front’ are also the guys saying Mowbray is tactically clueless and made a shit load of bad signings last summer. Let. That. Sink. In. 🤪
  9. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Just my opinion. No need to suggest that I’m pertaining to know more than you. I thought this board was for us to debate. I have watched both keepers and I do not see the link. Steele was consistently poor in every facet of his game. Walton has a lot of quality but lacks consistency. imo the comparison was lazy.
  10. Paul Mani

    Summer Transfer Window

    In my opinion we need a first choice Lb, CB and keeper. Keep Bell as cover, Promote Butterworth, One of Wharton/Magloire/Grayson/Carter as direct CB cover and look to integrate Buckley, JRC, Butterworth and potentially Vale into regular players.
  11. Paul Mani

    Summer Transfer Window

    If the people who said Graham and Downing are going also told you that Jonty is in line for the Rovers job then I can pretty much confirm that they’re barking up the wrong tree. He doesn’t want a managers job (Too unstable and cannot effect a club over the long term) and is looking at the DOF role for the future. So the club would have to be looking at a DOF-head coach scenario to make this work.
  12. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    I think the issue really is based on lack of experience. Young keepers make mistakes. Well most do... If you want a consistent keeper then the chances are much higher if you go for them in their 30’s. I don’t think there are any comparisons with Walton and Steele. Imo Walton has lots of good attributes and the potential to be a very good keeper in the Premier League. You can see his quality in those purple patches where he’s a formidable presence, makes great saves Is sound technically and dominates. It’s the consistency he’s lacking. Plus when he’s bad, he’s BAD. I never ever saw any quality in Steele and I can’t remember him having a purple patch. Walton has overseen our highest number of clean sheets since we dropped out of the PL. Just saying..
  13. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Agreed. This definitely is a big problem but feels more like a symptom of various things. We’re not resolute enough at times and seem to go into our shell, we don’t kill teams off with the goals our £11m strikers should be scoring but also, that stat is probably skewed by a huge positive which is that we lose so many leads because we start games so positively and often lead within the first 10 minutes against teams who then settle into the game and beat us simply because they are better.
  14. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    Just opinions Stuart. Above I’ve put potential counter arguments to all your points. There are lots of positives and negatives that can be talked about and debated. The ones I mentioned are the ones I feel are most relevant. Life would be dull if we all felt the same.
  15. Paul Mani

    Mowbray: Stay or Go - A Poll

    It’s thought provoking... Main positive... He’s done a good job overall in reversing our ‘basket case club’ image with a steady hand. We’ll likely finish on more points this season than last. An accumulation of more points this season, in context with losing Dack at Christmas would without doubt show that the team has made positive progress. I also like the way our young players are being integrated into the team. Main negative... The £11m spent on Brereton and Gally hangs heavily around Mowbrays neck. If those two were chipping in with 10 goals each this season we’d be sat comfortably in the top 6 now (even without Dack). Mowbray must know that. Imo those goals (or lack of) are the main reason we can’t put sides away who are compact and happy to defend for their lives. Like Barnsley and Wigan. My feeling is that he has three games to improve on last seasons points tally. If he can’t do that then he should face the reality of being replaced. I fully expect TM to be in place next season when I think will be his biggest ever challenge at Rovers. By definition of the word ‘progress’ Rovers must basically spend next season in the top 6. That’s going to be a big ask on our budget but imo the manager lives and dies by it.

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