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Everything posted by tomphil

  1. And seeing as we've not had to sell a player either for years, have thrown ample good money thrown on wages. Then now had the budget slashed it might finally dawn on some there'll never be a promotion challenge under this set up, ever.
  2. Waggot will address it for them don't worry. By hiking prices again next season to cover the next drop. Then they'll do their bit by giving him and Mowbray extensions whilst only sanctioning loans and ensuring we stay in lower mid table.
  3. I think Brereton is one of those who'll always look like that but will have a knack of bagging a few still. It's rare in his time here he's had a good game but he's scored a few good goals although i'll never ever understand what prompted them to shell out that much for him when they did. It's going to take a few good seasons to finally justify it so hopefully he gets a bit physically stronger.
  4. We have a settled back line and the starting line up isn't changing that much. I think that shows in results and performances. We are stodgy rather than pretty this season and it's getting draws rather than 0-1s. Managers hand as been forced on this somewhat and he isn't trying to keep happy a host of senior pros. Perhaps that suits him a bit more, perhaps he's more comfortable bossing young lads rather than fragile egos. Whatever it is it has benefited us so far this season considering the squad is very lightweight. Just like finally having a proper keeper though has made a big difference so has finally having a proper central defender. Seriously how long is it since we had a proper one ? Still the same things happen though that raise concerns but that is how Mowbray works he will never change. If he managed Man City he'd do the same things it's his dna so you do fear, like last season that at some point the rotating on confusing stuff will commence. Now if he'd just lay off all that for one season ! Let the team itself actually evolve instead of being more concerned about individuals it might turn out worthwhile.
  5. Ah Saint and Greavsie ! before SKY's big club propaganda eventually turned everything so serious and boring. Just reading up on him as a player and never realized how good he was that's some impressive records he has. Shame its never been profiled like it should he never seems to get mentioned amongst the greats of the English game much. Now if he'd worn a Liverpool or Man U shirt that would've been altogether different. RIP
  6. That just sums the guy up, go to great lengths to piss people off and price a lot out then suddenly decide it's an issue. What an enormous pillock they'll try something now that won't work then write it off again. Stable door after another few thousand have bolted !
  7. I stopped going to the big local games under Allardyce, the tipping point was zero expectation to win coupled with 35/40 quid tickets. That was so long ago as well and the fact most of these games were on live tv had a dramatic negative effect on away support. In typical Rovers fashion though it didn't really add up because home turnouts were the best they'd been for years around then. Don't get me wrong i'd love to be in the Prem and face that issue again but give me a day out at Barnsley anytime over a corporate rip off fixture. Have to say though with the cap on away tickets in the Prem these days we wouldn't have problems shifting plenty.
  8. It was a great turn out at Barnsley but lets consider a few things instead of getting carried away and trying to use it as a marker of faith in the manager. First away game within easy distance on a Saturday afternoon in how long ? Average prices buying before the day. Good chance of a point or three and great opportunity for a pint or ten. Early season, proper awayday and lets be honest a club like us should be taking a respectable number over there on a September Saturday afternoon. Sadly there was probably a good number in that following who haven't set foot in Ewood this season. Kind of says a lot.
  9. This 100% Also we only seem to have a real go once we go behind that's another marker of the ToMo dour philosophy. Yesterday it was clear as day 60 mins ah we'll take the point the subs pretty much confirmed it. Why oh why though not just reshuffle and have a bit more of a go we've seen it work a couple of times this season. If we'd conceded he'd have done it almost straight away. We aren't talking going gung ho just getting people in the correct positions to have a go. Yet again his priority seems just to get some players some mins instead whilst remaining pragmatic and maybe hoping to nick something. Game yesterday was there for the taking for either side and they nearly took it a few times. We offered nothing really. A points a point can't be too choosy but the fact a lot feel deflated again tells it's own story. These are the things like the surrender to Luton that sort the underachievers from the punching above their weights over a season. It's an absolute cast iron recurring theme under his reign that a little bit more ambition and drive at certain times we'd have a lot more to show for it. The whole thing is just set up to plod though and you only have to look out at Ewood on matchday to see the town knows this.
  10. That's the negative side to it for sure but i suppose the manager sees it as creating competition and cover for places. When though you're putting the loan guys as first choice just because they come from big clubs it's a poor way to go about it really.
  11. That's neither an explanation nor an excuse that would hold up with any football fan. In fact it's a disgrace and would only come about because there are no fans to bend your earhole. What happens this season when he gets bored ? I don't believe he's suddenly got his mojo back he is just aware of what he can get away with and what he can't here. That comes from being somewhere a long time and knowing how it all ticks.
  12. There's one simple reason why he's more animated this season....fans in the ground. It was like he took a season off last season but back to playing to the gallery now. He's a crafty old sod he knows all the moves.
  13. Just my opinion and always has been but i'm very suspicious of the overal wage bill at Rovers and the losses. Despite the cuts every now and again the owners not only seem happy to pour it through but almost encourage it at times. I don't think it's anything dodgy that would've flagged up by now but there is to me definitely corporate number crunching goes on. Maybe some gets drawn out funding somebody in this end as well on the clubs books. Barrys european spending money maybe. It never seems to add up though and lets face it the football industry will be full of loopholes regarding big money. That's why it's a honeypot attracting the wealthy with money to be burn and the chancers only too happy to burn it for them.
  14. Having that settled back 4 and top keeper has earned that point today despite the lack of nous in front of them. At least we are now able to grind out points when the side isn't clicking and the manager is more interested in fulfilling his loan obligations.
  15. Now if they'd started a revolutionary build 3 years ago instead of trying to look after the promotion squad we might have got somewhere by now. Those who've been ruthless and cut the wage bill might have actually done us a favour.
  16. We only ever have a real go after we've conceded if we'd gone 1 behind there he'd have shuffled and gone attack minded. As it was 20 mins to go he's thinking ok i'll take a point and look to get some of the loan lads on. Just typical really never proactive just reactive that's the whole point why we'd never go anywhere no matter what the squad was. Handy point at the end of the day but pretty poor stuff overall. Same shit over and over from Tepid Teflon, celebrating a point from a game he did his best to hand to them.
  17. I've yet to see any point in Clarkson at all, ok they can't all be Harvey Elliot but this lad belongs in the kids.
  18. Don't know if it's just me but i love seeing a settled starting line up built on a decent back 4. Anything could happen today though i have a feeling it could be one of those games.
  19. There'll potentially be another group leaving and needing replacing in summer. I think that's why he's here rather than the last window. Priority there was clearly sell Armstrong, slash the pay roll then just grab a few loans to fluff out the squad.
  20. We've had ONE manager in 5 years there are clubs who've had more who are no worse off than us it's just part and parcel of championship football. You could also mention we were heading into falling foul of FFP anyway and without the cash injection of the Armstrong sale who knows what else. I'd stake my last quid on Derby bouncing back and passing us in the next few years should we carry on going around in circles with this old boys club.
  21. Double jabbed, generally fit, rough as a bears arse, tested positive. All i can say is if this is mild because the vaccine is keeping it off then i really wouldn't like a full dose. Still i suppose this is the only way to heard immunity, serious variants not withstanding of course. Meanwhile my other half is now in her 3rd stint in hospital following her first jab 4 months ago. They are now thinking its triggered an autoimmune disorder than could be permanent. It's all a big fuck up alright.
  22. Spin nothing more than spin, we have talkers at Ewood not doers. It doesn't matter if you can't do it as long as you can spin about doing it.
  23. No point crying about it now though our lot missed the trick after promotion and the Oxford game. That day showed there was support there, yes a one off occasion and we'd never get that many every week even if it was a tenner. But it showed the interest was spiked again and no reason why 15k home turn outs couldn't be averaged with the right pricing. However they took that opportunity to drive the price up, Waggot wants rovers pricing on a par with a lot of bigger, Southern clubs etc by the looks of it. The man has no idea but it's not rocket science keep shoving prices up whilst the club goes nowhere or backwards and all you're doing is covering fresh shortfalls. It's managed decline that's exactly what it is and it needs nipping in the bud before it becomes terminal. I'm convinced this Coventrio mob would happily have 5k in the stadium paying even more in prices if it kept them in their comfort zones. Aside from one offs where we might get just a few thousand more on cheap tickets the ONLY way to drive Rovers crowds forwards, without promotion, is a season ticket deal like Huddersfield and others have done in the past. Re-engage, get a good 5k back in and rebuild with the aim of keeping them.
  24. Don't worry i read the other night Mowbray is an evoltionist evolving the club with youth. It takes time to be a Brentford but we'll be a Barnsley in another season or two. This was in ref to giving him a new contract, i honestly give up with some of our lot. I was going to ask WTF hes been doing these last few years but really it's not worth the bother.
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