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  2. JHRover

    Swiss Ramble thread on Rovers' finances

    This is the crux of things. People appear to enjoy hiding behind FFP rules or want to throw them up as a shield to protect the owners from any criticism as though their hands are tied by these rules. For me if you are determined/desperate to get promoted there are two ways of doing it. Option 1 is to spend your way up - like Bournemouth, Leicester, QPR, Brighton, Wolves and Derby/Villa will have done. Last time I checked none of those clubs had been given anything other than a token fine for their rule breaking whilst most have established themselves as top division sides and are now laughing all the way to the bank. They speculated and now they are accumulating. Do do that you of course require owners with very deep pockets, who are happy to spend. Obviously there is a risk that if the spending isn't done wisely or if things don't work out then promotion might be missed - Sheffield Wednesday, Derby, Villa, Forest, Middlesbrough - and last time I checked none of those have been punished either, except some vague/inconsistent transfer 'restriction' placed on Sheffield Wednesday last summer which nobody really knows what happened and it didn't see them come to any real harm and they've since brought in Steve Bruce who will probably get them up. Infact the only club to receive a serious sanction was Birmingham City, who were safely secured in mid-table before a points deduction was imposed and the slate wiped clean. It's hardly brought their world crashing down has it? Option 2 is to do it another way - spend more sensible amounts of cash but within a coherent well thought out structure - Norwich, Huddersfield, Sheffield United - not losing money hand over fist but not self sufficient either. I don't recall Chris Wilder talking about signing players to increase in value and sell again - everything I've ever seen from him is about getting a winning team together and giving it everything for promotion. Of course amongst all the wailing about FFP rules there is the fact that there doesn't appear to have been any serious attempt from the owners in their bungalow on the other side of the world to do anything about it. Simple answer is they aren't interested enough to waste their time doing it. Birmingham's owners sponsored their stadium and training ground. Derby owner sold their stadium to himself. Other clubs have attracted prominent sponsors. We've done next to nothing yet complain more than most.
  3. old darwen blue

    Music Association Game

    Free - The Stealer
  4. blueboy3333

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    He came back last summer openly saying he had been given a 'competitive budget'.
  5. old darwen blue

    Swiss Ramble thread on Rovers' finances

    You leave the Irish Chaddy alone! 😊
  6. 47er

    Brexit

    The Windrush Generation, the 30000 Asian students with visas revoked when they are innocent of any wrongdoing, prisoners in conditions so extreme that the Netherlands will not deport wanted British criminals, people with a son in the armed forces forced to pay the "bedroom tax", the unemployed and disabled sanctioned when Government office memos never reached them------was Theresa may crying for them? No--she was crying for herself.
  7. darrenrover

    Music Association Game

    Stealer's Wheel - Stuck In The Middle With You
  8. Oldgregg86

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I can believe the everton one because he was amazing against them pre season. I doubt man u would entertain him
  9. Oldgregg86

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    He did bds I heard it from Tony's mouth
  10. Crimpshrine

    Swiss Ramble thread on Rovers' finances

    Isn't that their problem ? Why own a football club if you aren't prepared to push for success and put a bit of effort in. Huddersfield, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Brighton, Sheff Utd - why can't we do it if they can? I know FFP exists and needs to be taken into account but other clubs find ways around it. Alternatively use the promotion-or-bust model - Venky's can afford it. They're just not interested.
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  12. JoeHarvey

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    IF the owners by some miracle have said “right Tony, here’s £20m, go and spend money and get us in the Top 6” then he’s not going to tell us. He’ll play down his trip no matter what the outcome is. Because otherwise, if clubs catch wind, they’ll be asking for mega fees for their players. I don’t take most of Mowbray’s media work too seriously, because most of the time he’s saying what he has to say.
  13. JoeHarvey

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    This was said to fans in a private conversation after the fans forum. Several people back it up. Says his agent is a hack basically.
  14. 47er

    Swiss Ramble thread on Rovers' finances

    It would be to sign players ready to play at Championship level like Norwich did. it need not cost a fortune.Many, many have been listed on here who would have improved the squad and for a reasonable fee. I certainly wouldn't be signing a youth player from Notts Forest for £7M! Sick of a seemingly endless procession of back-ups and ones for the future. too few players are carrying this team. I'd also have more faith in the youngsters than TM does. They should have played earlier and more often. would cost us nothing. Couldn't contribute less than the players who are keeping them out. If you're worried about PPF why on earth would you sign Brereton? Unless of course you were fooled into thinking you'd be able to make a financial killing one sweet day. About time we focussed on the team rather than Venkys finances. Then we might (I say might) forgive them. As for you Bigdogsteel , you're the classic keyboard warrior. You said you'd hold your hand up if someone could show you where anyone had said Bauer was asking for £40000-50000 a week. When somebody went to the trouble you wafted it away. Funny how everyone is expected to go to a lot of trouble for you to waste their time.Lost count of the times you've demanded proof. I remember you querying when people pointed out that Preston had signed 3 players in January for next to nothing who had taken them from the depths to overtake us. You demanded to know who these 3 were. When somebody told you, you had nothing to say. You are literally a waste of space.
  15. broadsword

    Brexit

    A bloody pointless woman
  16. Dreyski

    Brexit

    May to leave on 7th June. I’ve got to give more notice than that if I quit my job! ’A bloody difficult woman’ will be her epitaph.
  17. Hanks

    Music Association Game

    Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger And The Trinity - This Wheel's On Fire
  18. tomphil

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Oh the irony.... 😅 You're going to need your own chadometer by the time summer is out, it's only May ! Brexit has nothing on how this board will be in the next few months lol
  19. JHRover

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    A few issues I have with that: Whether Rovers have offered inferior terms to Conway's existing deal isn't my concern. My concern is that we're attempting to keep him for another year when it is clear he's not really up to it any more. Why not bring in someone younger and better? Why are we wasting time offering contracts to people who weren't deemed good enough last season to start many games? I don't agree that we have an 'unusually young' squad. Our first team regulars contain Graham, Evans, Bennett, Smallwood, Mulgrew all heading into the latter years of their careers. Dack, Rothwell, Lenihan, Williams, Bell don't count as young or inexperienced any more. Even Travis is 21 which isn't young. Brereton is young but is experienced. In terms of the scouting system - it is only worth investing in and persevering with if it is going to last. The problem we have is it's creation appears to be the brainchild of Mowbray and dependent upon his guidance and input. I don't think anyone has any serious issue with us reluctantly selling Dack if that is to a top division club for good money. We'll shake his hand and send him on his way with thanks for his service. What I would have serious issue with is us hawking him around rival Championship clubs trying to generate interest and tempt someone into chucking a bid our way in some desperate attempt to raise a few quid to please the owners or pay interim bills. I firmly believe this sort of thing went on in the days of Cairney, Hanley, Duffy being sold off and that sort of behaviour will cause massive problems. Once again it seems people won't differentiate between reluctantly allowing your best players to move up a division for good money and then having a transfer policy solely concerned with growing player values with a view to sales and selling to anyone who comes up with cash irrespective of the impact upon our team whilst strengthening rivals. This player value/self sufficiency stuff is all fantasy though. We'd have to sell £15 million worth of players every single season to break even and that's before thinking about bringing new players in and spending money the other way. Aint going to happen.
  20. jim mk2

    Brexit

    I hope they do as they say. But I have my doubts. Above all, even Farage, the Tories fear Corbyn, and that will drive them to try to keep the party together
  21. den

    Brexit

    There are many Tory MPs who say they will do whatever is needed to stop a no deal brexit. Two of them - Dominic Grieve and Damien Green said it just last night. They will put the country ahead of the party. I believe they will. As a last resort they would support a no confidence vote against their own prime minister.
  22. OnePhilT

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I suspect the same, but I can also imagine him being free to go and demand upwards of £20K, based on him being free and having a good reputation in League One. Somebody will pay that. It won't be us. I think a deal for Bauer is dead in the water in any case.
  23. Bigdoggsteel

    Swiss Ramble thread on Rovers' finances

    This should be good
  24. philipl

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    I was a little obtuse before but from a contact at Man U, Dack is on their radar and I hear Everton (who are at risk of losing Richarlison to Atletico Madrid, Digne and Gomes to Spurs and Zouma going back to Chelsea) are seriously looking at Dack.
  25. Roving Mick

    nightlife in blackburn

    I wrote this story in April about the possibility of the Grapes becoming a pub again. This follows its present incarnation - Liz and Lil's - calling it a day. Now the manager of Blackburn Times says her friend has got the place and will be re-opening it as a pub. Hope she's right. Could Blackburn's Grapes Become A Pub Again?
  26. Bigdoggsteel

    Summer Transfer Window 2019

    Well if someone on a message board said it, it must be true It sounds like Mowbray was exaggerating for effect, but of course some on here will spin that and say he is/was being dishonest. Anyway, to my original point, if he does want crazy money, we are right not to pay it.
  27. Audax

    Music Association Game

    Journey - Wheel In The Sky
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