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Exiled in Toronto

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  1. Exiled in Toronto

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    He’s explained it at least five times that I’ve read or listened to: contracts will be honoured, ergo no-one on a contract will be forced out. There never was going to be a mass clear-out.
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    Lancashire Senior Cup Final. Rovers v That Lot

    Thank you for posting another excellent, highly enjoyable video!
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    That’s probably unprecedented since the ‘59 youth cup winning team graduated.
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    I’m not at all advocating Bennett. I just think that no goals and no assists in nearly 100 starts isn’t acceptable these days. As a fellow Hird and Bailey man I’m surprised you are happy with him. Also think your summary of a disastrous season is OTT. Those are when we get relegated or lose our best players in my book.
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    25 starts was enough to convince me he’ll never offer anything past the halfway line. He ain’t a Lucas Neill, who we bought from this level.
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    Can’t argue with you there Tony, winning promotion at first go last year is what perhaps what saved him from the chop, plus it’s clear the owners like him. But we had some bloody good runs too: losing 3 out of the first 17 plus two 4 wins in a row. I think that losing run made his mind up about who needs replacing, so perhaps it’ll turn out to have been a blessing, albeit a very stressful one at the time.
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    We need 5 or 6 adding, I don’t believe 5 or 6 will leave. Mid table teams are mid table because they are inconsistent. Our inconsistency wasn’t spread evenly across games but we were never ever going down.
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    Mowbray: Stay or go?

    Much if not most of the befuddlement over Mowbray’s decisions to my mind comes from not understanding the man’s core beliefs (or not agreeing with them). Its clear from multiple comments over the last two years that he strongly believes in treating footballers as living breathing people with short careers and families to care for for a long time after they are finished, rather than as disposable components of a machine. I believe this explains the contracts handed out to the players who stayed but could’ve been expected to leave after relegation, and also the length of time he gave last years team to prove themselves at this level. The last few games he has been sending out some clear messages having marked everyone’s report cards. Raya, Nyambe, Mulgrew and Smallwood face a real struggle to get much game time next season, with Evans not far behind. No-one will be sent to train with the kids or hawked around by agents, but I think he’s betting that Mulgrew’s and Evans’ desire to keep playing for their countries will make them seek moves. Smallwood will be next year’s Downing. Raya and Nyambe will be kept but have to improve substantially to be anything other than injury cover. Williams I think saved himself the last few games and is now a decent option for the 3rd centre back. All of the above were given every chance and more this year, they can’t complain and the other players will not think their mates have been shafted. Mowbray still has to buy well, but Rothwell and Davenport look like they can be added to the Dack category of fantastic buys.
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    2018/19 Season Reviews/Conclusions

    Now the season is over, the history books will only show a decent 60-point return to this level, marred by an inordinately high goals against column. Against that background, to have had two sack the manager polls and a temporarily hyperventilating relegation thread says more about BRFCS than BRFC. The only other factor worth considering for me after a season ends is who in the squad will get better next year, who will be good enough, who will get worse and ergo not good enough. I was enthused by the young talent on the field when the whistle went today, we have several players who should get better. The defence has to be the priority for recruitment; we need a better goalie, RB and CH. Bell may get good enough, he’s definitely learning, but either way we need another LB. Throw in a top midfielder and another scoring option and we could have an exciting year.
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    Rovers vs. Swansea - Sunday 5th May, 12:30pm

    Enjoyable game to watch. Some good portents for next season as we played a good passing and running game second half. Good to see six outfielders being Mowbray purchases: Bell had his best game yet I thought; Rothwell now looking a starter, Davenport looks a gem; Chapman showing hints of what he can do; Armstrong perhaps the weakest; Dack not back to his best but took his goal well.
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    Rovers vs. Swansea - Sunday 5th May, 12:30pm

    The inexplicable selection playing well so far this half. Davenport looks good.
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    Rovers vs. Swansea - Sunday 5th May, 12:30pm

    Wasted some good chances in the first 20 mins. Their first was a direct result of Bennett being off, they overloaded down that side and got a good cross in. For the second Lenihan slipped which is why the guy was unmarked, quality header but from that distance you have to expect the goalie to get something on it. Travis has been done like a kipper a few times at RB, Davenport looks tidy, Armstrong went off for a brew after 20 mins.
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    Rovers vs. Swansea - Sunday 5th May, 12:30pm

    The quote I heard from him was not starting “I’m not in the business of losing games just to blood kids. They’ll get on the pitch at some stage.”
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    Rovers vs. Swansea - Sunday 5th May, 12:30pm

    Reed is gone, Rodwell going (and humiliated last week), Smallwood not good enough, ergo Evans.
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    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Interesting snippet that he has to go cap in hand to Waggott to get an overnighter while scouting. There’s undoubtedly a tight rein on costs but a Brereton “investment” capital budget.

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