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    Sheffield Wednesday away Sat 16th March

    You are right Stuart we do differ drastically on this point and always will. For me Blackburn Rovers is part and parcel of the town's heritage in that it has been around since 1875. It's history is intertwined with that of the town. For me THAT HISTORY is it's soul. But, like every other aspect of life, football clubs evolve and they have evolved into businesses that are attractive to wealthy individuals from outside of a particular town or city who, whilst maintaining the links with local communities, also see them as businesses to be run on business lines. Our history is what it is because of the financial input of several wealthy benefactors over several generations. Our history is why we are regarded as one of the more successful town clubs in the country. The difference today is that our owners are not local, but then the owners of so many of our clubs have no links to the town or city within which the club sits. That's the continued evolvement of football and I doubt it will change anytime soon. I suspect that the majority of supporters who go to Ewood on a regular basis still see the club as one that represents the town - I know I do, as do my friends. In continuing to support the club we are simply following the footprints of generations of supporters that go back to 1875 - that's not something I would wish to see easily dismissed.
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    Sheffield Wednesday away Sat 16th March

    Actually it's not our business Stuart and that's what supporters don't seem to understand. Football has changed. Clubs are no longer run by the local butcher, baker etc. They are owned, largely, by big business who run them on business lines. The old system for the Rovers ended when Jack took over. It was run how Jack wanted it to be run - the advantage being that he was also a supporter of the club - but he ran it how he wanted to run it - when Kenny wanted new players after the title win Jack took a different view and it was his view that counted. Jack wanted to get the business to be self-sufficient so that it didn't rely on him pumping money in all the time. It was one of the reasons he was so keen to set up the Academy. Steve Waggott has also talked about getting away from the 'owner dependency' model but I'm not convinced that we can ever do that, even with Premier League football. We can complain all we like, and I often do, but the old system has gone for good. A look at any Indian financial website will show you how many businesses that Mrs. Desai, her husband and brothers, either own or are the largest shareholders in. The last time I looked it was something over 50. The only one making a loss seemed to be Rovers which is why I suspect that the new administrative structure has been brought in. Football is big business and it's what attracts wealthy individuals to adding a sporting franchise to their portfolio and sadly, that is what football clubs have become - another addition to a business portfolio. You only need look at American football and baseball to see the way the wind is blowing. The expansion of the European Champions League tells you everything you need to know about the long term future of football. Apologies mod, just noticed that in replying to Stuart it has nothing to do with Sheff. Wed.
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    Sheffield Wednesday away Sat 16th March

    No - fans were singing as usual. I would say the majority of fans are still behind him. I suspect the summer transfers and the early months of next season will be the make or break point. I think most fans realise that he tried to be loyal to last season's players - perhaps too loyal in some cases - but that he realises that changes are needed and are prepared to see what he does. He is saying the right things in terms of what we need but it is now up to him to go out and get them - provided the owners give him the required budget.
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    Mowbray’s Future

    It will be a big summer for Mowbray and much will depend on the budget he is given. There are a number who helped us out of League One who now need to move on and be replaced with more experienced players to add to our youngsters. Personally, I still think the manager deserves the opportunity to rebuild in the summer. His brief this season was to make sure we retained our place in the Championship - which I'm sure we will. I don't think the crowd have turned on the manager and seem prepared to give him more time than some on here. Ultimately, it will be the owners who, as always, will make the decision about when and if to replace him.
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    Sheffield Wednesday away Sat 16th March

    Agree with arbitro in that I thought we actually played quite well today. No excuse for Raya and the last goal and the lad could do with a break. I thought young Tyler worked hard but it was a big ask for a young lad to try and hold the line when those around him were all over the place defensively. I've listened to Mowbray's interview on Rothwell and, to a certain extent, can see where he is coming from. He did some great stuff and some stuff that was a bit like a youngster in trying to beat one too many instead of making a simple pass. Mowbray describes him as a work in progress and I think that's probably right. He has the potential to be a major player for this club if he develops the weaker points of his game. Pleased to see Buckley play today - particularly after another impressive performance last night. I thought he did very well and certainly didn't look out of place at this level. Hopefully, we'll see one or two more youngsters being brought in - surely Charley Doyle and Danny Butterworth can't be too far away. It will be a big summer for Mowbray to get rid of some of those surplus to requirements and bring in some new blood. Much will depend on the budget he is given.
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    Academy & U'21's

    A good win tonight but the game was closer than the 4-1 scoreline would suggest, particularly in the first half. Rovers started very well and were on top when they opened the scoring through Hayden Carter - who looks so much better at centre-back than as a wing-back or full-back. Then Stoke equalised and it became a very even game. In the second half we got on top and took our chances when they came. Joe's first goal was special - a really superb piece of individualism. Joe had an excellent game in his new attacking full-back role although I thought Charley Doyle was our best player on the night - really commanding at the back and a brilliant run to create the goal for Jack Vale. Chapman had a fairly quiet night, one or two moments but still looks off the pace over 90 minutes. He's getting there but still doesn't look ready for the first team. Interesting to see Tre Pemberton in the Stoke line-up - certainly hasn't lived up to the promise he showed as a youngster with the Rovers according to the Stoke fans we spoke to.
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    Academy & U'21's

    Cracking game at Leyland tonight between two sides playing very attractive, attacking football. The lads did exceptionally well to pull back from two goals down to gain a valuable point in the relegation battle. Brighton looked the better side in the first half but in the second half we got on top with some excellent attacking football with both Joe Rankin-Costello and Lewis Thompson doing some excellent work as attacking full-backs - plenty of dangerous crosses delivered some delightful link-up play with Danny Butterworth and Stefan Mols. Buckley was again impressive in midfield and looks a fine prospect for the future. Three games left and still all to play for with West Ham picking up three points tonight - still three points behind us but with a game in hand and a better goal difference. It's going to be a tight finish at the bottom but, hopefully, we can get the points to keep us out of the bottom two - the away game at Tottenham is now looking likely to be huge as we are both locked on the same number of points.
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    Academy & U'21's

    At one point this season we had won one in thirteen Premier League 2 and Premier Cup games so I'm not sure about winning games regularly. My point was that winning games is not Johnson's main task although, of course, winning does help build confidence. However, it's mainly about player development and player education and he does a fantastic job at that. If he can get a couple of players through to become first team regulars then he will have done a good job. To be honest the game plan changes dependent on the opposition and players available. We can field a back three one week then a back four the week after - indeed, rather like the first team it can change during the game. Players are encouraged to play in different positions as part of that development - thus Hayden Carter appears at centre-back, right-back or right-wing back. Johnson has done a fantastic job with the Under-23's but it is a totally different job from first team manager. On a different point, bringing the lad over from India to the Academy is a real positive. Obviously, if he has represented his country at youth level the lad must have something about him and hopefully a spell with our Academy will improve his game and give him valuable experience.
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    Academy & U'21's

    There is a world of difference between that level and senior level. Johnson himself will tell you that at Under-23 level winning is not as important as player development. This season it wasn't until October until we won our first League game, and we weren't playing particularly well, which would have meant Johnson would have got the same stick as Mowbray for the present run. I have no doubt that Johnson will make a decent manager one day if that is what he wants or he may see his career more as a coach of younger players and helping them to develop.
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    Mowbray’s Future

    I think he's talking about the transfer window arbitro and how it stops you strengthening as and when rather than having to wait until the summer.
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    Academy & U'21's

    I watched the game at Doncaster last week and Brereton, although he scored a couple, didn't look anything special and at times was so easily knocked off the ball - and Doncaster were fielding a number of their Under-18's in that game. For me, he needs to spend time with the Under-23's and needs to build his upper body strength if he is going to be competitive in the Championship. We tend to forget that he is still very young and his game is still in its development stage and far from the finished article.
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    BRFCS Discusses...

    Not signing anyone who could go straight into the team and improve it. With ten players moving out on loan and two long term injuries, it meant we would be short if we suffered injuries or suspensions - which we have.
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    Rotherham away

    Personally, I believe the club in general is in a much better place than it was two years ago. The development squad looks strong and offers hope for the future. At senior level, despite this awful recent run, I believe we are better than two years ago. This season we only lost one of our opening ten games, but drew too many. Since then results have been erratic - which is understandable for a club coming up - but we are on course to consolidate in terms of staying in the division although there is still work to do to ensure that. Looking at the remaining fixtures of the club's below us I don't believe we need that many more points before we can start to give some of the younger players an opportunity. At the moment we have too many players who have totally lost form - Raya, Mulgrew, Dack etc. were mainstays and now look very indifferent. My main criticisms of the manager are in two areas. Firstly I think he should have added a couple of players to the squad in January, particularly as we have ten players out on loan and two long term injuries. Secondly, like Bob Saxton, I think he has been too loyal to one or two players. Ultimately that did for Saxton and it will for Mowbray if he doesn't make changes in the summer. I believe he knows that and I believe he will make changes. Only time will tell if they are good enough but that's the same with any transfer and any manager. But in general, I believe the club as a whole is in a much better place than it was two years ago and Mowbray has had a large part to play in that. I accept some will disagree but that's football - it's a game of opinions.
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    Mowbray’s Future

    The problem is that the way Dack has been playing for the last few weeks we aren't going to raise much money by selling him. Clubs seem to have worked out that if he is marked closely he struggles to make an impact on the game. Initially there was talk of getting £25 million, then £15 million, I suspect we might end up with around £10 million if we are lucky.
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    Best Rovers Team Youve Seen

    My best eleven would be: Friedel Newton, Hendry, England, Le Saux Douglas, Clayton, Tugay, Duff Shearer, McEvoy. I feel guilty leaving out the likes of Pickering, Ferguson, Waggy, Hole, Berg etc. We really have had some wonderful players over the years.

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