Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer calls on fans to be patient
BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has called for Rovers fans to be patient as his side chase their first win of the season.
Rovers host Barnsley and Bolton in their next two games before an international break and the East Lancashire derby with Burnley.
And the Ewood chief believes the home double header represents an excellent chance to kick-start the season, while warning fans not to be too concerned at the slow start.
“We have a chance with two home games coming up to get that first win of the season,” said Bowyer. “We have only played three games and it is a long season.”
And Bowyer believes it is too early to judge his new-look Rovers side, adding that he has belief in the squad improving as the season goes on.
He said: “The spirit in the squad is good and everyone is fighting for each other. We think we are due a bit of luck – we haven’t much so far this season – and hopefully we can build on the positive parts of our performances so far and get that first win.
“You see some of the Premier League managers under pressure after just one game and it is ridiculous, it’s crazy.
“There needs to be a sense of realism and patience.”
Rovers remain keen to add to their squad with Bowyer hoping to strengthen – particularly up front – before the transfer window closes on September 2, but the Ewood boss admitted it was proving hard work to bring the right players in.
He said: “It is not for the lack of trying that we haven’t brought someone in but there are a lot of clubs in the same position and looking to do the same thing.
“We want to make sure we bring the right players in and that they are coming for the right reasons.
“It is about looking at their character and what else they bring apart from football ability. A lot of work goes into it and it takes time.”
A number of players could still exit Ewood before the window slams shut but Bowyer remains keen to hang on to captain Scott Dann and star striker Jordan Rhodes.
“They are Blackburn Rovers players,” he said when asked whether he felt either would leave during the window.
“We will get this a lot between now and the other end of the window but we don’t want to sell him.”
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