Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage backs Gary Bowyer to lead team to promotion (From This Is Lancashire)
Former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Robbie Savage backs Gary Bowyer to lead team to promotion
ROBBIE Savage believes Gary Bowyer is the man to get Blackburn Rovers promoted – this season.
The former Rovers midfielder was delighted when Bowyer was handed the Ewood Park’s manager’s job in May.
But rather than just bring stability to a club that lurched from one crisis to the next last season, Savage believes the former youth and reserve team boss can lead Blackburn into the play-offs at the first attempt.
“I’m very happy for Gary Bowyer as I think he’s earned the right to have a crack at management,” said Savage, who played for Rovers between 2005 and 2008.
“He did great with the youth set up and he’s got Blackburn’s best interests at heart.
“He’s also from a footballing family so I think he’s the right guy now to take the club forward.
“Up until the victory last week against Bolton – which was a very, very good win – I don’t think they’ve got the results they should have got. But hopefully now they will kick on.
“It’s a great chance for Gary Bowyer, who’s a terrific guy. I knew him when I was there, I always used to go and see him and I think this is a great job for him.
“But for me the squad he has got is good enough to have a chance of promotion and they should be up and about those play-offs.
“There’s no question for me that I think Gary Bowyer can do that. But to do that they will have to continue to improve.”
Savage has forged a successful media career since retiring in 2011.
But had the Match of the Day pundit remained in football, he may have been part of Bowyer’s coaching staff going into this weekend’s derby at Burnley.
Savage said: “The funny thing is if I would have done my coaching badges I would have applied for a role at the club.
“I would have really liked that.”
Savage also played for Crewe Alexandra, Leicester City, Birmingham City and Derby County in a 17-year professional football career.
But it was the three years he spent at Rovers, and the ‘special’ relationship he enjoyed with the club’s supporters, that he remains fondest of.
Savage said: “Blackburn has a special place for me.
“I’m still in the house that I bought when I signed for Blackburn and the fans of Blackburn have never said a bad word about me. At other clubs that’s not the case.
“At Leicester I may have acted a bit strange when I left, Derby fans at the start didn’t like me because I didn’t play well plus the fact that I’d played for Leicester, and Birmingham fans may not like me because I went to Blackburn.
“On that basis I’ve got very strong feelings for Blackburn.”
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