Rovers boss: We’ve got our recruitment right

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

First published in Sport This Is Lancashire: Photograph of the Author by , Blackburn Rovers reporter

BLACKBURN Rovers boss Gary Bowyer believes the instant impressions made by new boys Craig Conway and Luke Varney is proof positive that homework pays off.

Conway marked his full debut by scoring the winner at Reading last Saturday while Varney came off the bench to play his part in a vital victory which has left Rovers just four points off the play-offs.

Bowyer places as much emphasis on recruiting players with the right character as their ability on the pitch.

And he reckons the way that winger Conway and striker Varney have immediately blended into the tight-knit Rovers squad shows why the time he and his coaching team spend doing background checks is so worthwhile.

“You wouldn’t have thought the two of them are new signings as they have fitted in so well with what we’re about and fitted in with the group brilliantly,” said Bowyer, whose ninth-placed side make the short trip to struggling neighbours Bolton Wanderers this Saturday.

“I can’t praise Craig enough for what he did on his full debut but I thought Luke Varney was magnificent when he came on too.

“He threw his body in front of everything and headed everything and the spirit that he brings and the aggression that he brings was exactly what we needed.

“We knew what we were getting with both players and the lads have taken to them straight away.

“A lot of work goes into signing players.

“People only see when you actually sign them but there is a lot of work before that, by the way of phone calls and research.

“As I’ve said all along, after what we’ve been through in the last couple of years, the first thing that’s really important for us as staff is how the players are as people.

“We’ve started to change that and I’m sure everyone can see we’re making progress on that front.”

The camaraderie between the Rovers players was evident at Reading as they withstood a late aerial bombardment from their top-six rivals to claim their most important win of the season so far.

Bowyer added: “The spirit has been good for a while, everybody is on the same page, it’s just that it was really clear on Saturday.

“That part of the game is massive as when you’ve got a good spirit and characters, and everyone is fighting for the same cause, then you’ve got a chance.”

Bowyer has let 18 players leave either on loan or permanently since the start of last month.

He would still like cover in defence – captain Grant Hanley and Matt Kilgallon are his only recognised centre-backs – while, with Ben Marshall and Josh King sidelined, he may also attempt to strengthen in attack before the loan window closes next month.

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9:56am Thu 27 Feb 14

Road Runner Road Runner says...

Slowly but surely Mr. Bowyer & Co correcting the utter shambles the beloved turned into.

Arte et labore
Slowly but surely Mr. Bowyer & Co correcting the utter shambles the beloved turned into. Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
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10:43am Thu 27 Feb 14

Road Runner Road Runner says...

NEWSFLASH...........
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Wolves defender signed on a months loan.......

Arte et labore
NEWSFLASH........... ............... Wolves defender signed on a months loan....... Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
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11:01am Thu 27 Feb 14

MattNewcastle says...

I hope team GB you are still leaving room for the mavericks who can turn a standard hard working team into one that excels

Man management is all about managing the charismatic characters with exceptional talent as well

Not a team full of automotans
I hope team GB you are still leaving room for the mavericks who can turn a standard hard working team into one that excels Man management is all about managing the charismatic characters with exceptional talent as well Not a team full of automotans MattNewcastle
  • Score: -4

12:06pm Thu 27 Feb 14

baz58 says...

In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season!
In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season! baz58
  • Score: 15

12:16pm Thu 27 Feb 14

carltondry says...

Agree after the carnage now real reason to look forward again.
Matt a little more realism perhaps mate ?
GB is doing a great job and has done nothing wrong - ask anyone who knows anything about the game and they can all see it.
If we don't go up this season its not end of days just realism of not being quite good enough yet but then to look forward to next season.
I never thought for a minute this season we would be around the play off's most were taking mid table as progress.
Agree after the carnage now real reason to look forward again. Matt a little more realism perhaps mate ? GB is doing a great job and has done nothing wrong - ask anyone who knows anything about the game and they can all see it. If we don't go up this season its not end of days just realism of not being quite good enough yet but then to look forward to next season. I never thought for a minute this season we would be around the play off's most were taking mid table as progress. carltondry
  • Score: 7

12:29pm Thu 27 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

baz58 wrote:
In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season!
Hahahaha, if evidence of the delusion that has descended over Blackburn was needed you come up with this gem. Priceless no-dad, absolutely priceless!

You're 9th in the league you clown.

You are about to enter your THIRD season in the Championship and the financial implication of this are going to be devastating.

You are subject to a transfer embargo and by all accounts its SQUEAKY BUM TIME for the Rovers.....

http://www.theguardi
an.com/football/2014
/feb/26/financial-fa
ir-play-clubs-threat
-football-league
[quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season![/p][/quote]Hahahaha, if evidence of the delusion that has descended over Blackburn was needed you come up with this gem. Priceless no-dad, absolutely priceless! You're 9th in the league you clown. You are about to enter your THIRD season in the Championship and the financial implication of this are going to be devastating. You are subject to a transfer embargo and by all accounts its SQUEAKY BUM TIME for the Rovers..... http://www.theguardi an.com/football/2014 /feb/26/financial-fa ir-play-clubs-threat -football-league look.up.blackburn
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12:42pm Thu 27 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Please, please, please don't reply to the troll.
Please, please, please don't reply to the troll. owd nick
  • Score: 6

12:45pm Thu 27 Feb 14

owd nick says...

Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
NEWSFLASH...........

...............

Wolves defender signed on a months loan.......

Arte et labore
Think you might find this was Blackpool.
[quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: NEWSFLASH........... ............... Wolves defender signed on a months loan....... Arte et labore[/p][/quote]Think you might find this was Blackpool. owd nick
  • Score: 1

2:03pm Thu 27 Feb 14

LittleRonnieHildersley says...

Good work GB - keep it up
Good work GB - keep it up LittleRonnieHildersley
  • Score: 3

2:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

French Rover says...

Trust in GB and he will deliver!
Trust in GB and he will deliver! French Rover
  • Score: 2

2:31pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Itsnotmeyoubellend says...

baz58 wrote:
In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season!
Does anyone, apart from bazturd, actually believe this nonsense.
[quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season![/p][/quote]Does anyone, apart from bazturd, actually believe this nonsense. Itsnotmeyoubellend
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4:07pm Thu 27 Feb 14

look.up.blackburn says...

LittleRonnieHildersl
ey
wrote:
Good work GB - keep it up
Easily pleased you no-dads aren't you.
[quote][p][bold]LittleRonnieHildersl ey[/bold] wrote: Good work GB - keep it up[/p][/quote]Easily pleased you no-dads aren't you. look.up.blackburn
  • Score: -2

4:24pm Thu 27 Feb 14

dallydally says...

My only concern is the likelihood of Rhodes going if we don't go up which despite our current position is a big ask (via the play offs). So yes next season would provide another opportunity to get promoted with the same squad having another season to gel together but to be successful you need someone who will bag you 20 goals or thereabouts. I can't see that he'd stay.
My only concern is the likelihood of Rhodes going if we don't go up which despite our current position is a big ask (via the play offs). So yes next season would provide another opportunity to get promoted with the same squad having another season to gel together but to be successful you need someone who will bag you 20 goals or thereabouts. I can't see that he'd stay. dallydally
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7:57pm Thu 27 Feb 14

baz58 says...

Itsnotmeyoubellend wrote:
baz58 wrote:
In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season!
Does anyone, apart from bazturd, actually believe this nonsense.
bazturd....how grown up and clever you are to come up with that, my 5 year old grandson would have more respect and come up with a better one than that!....
[quote][p][bold]Itsnotmeyoubellend[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baz58[/bold] wrote: In a way Rovers have been more Successful than Burnley this season! Gary Bowyer has turned a total shambles into hope and optimism in just a few months, where has Burnley are used to knocking around the lower leagues and have had years to build what they have achieved so far. We had to knock down and start again, so the change since a year ago is miraculous. We may not reach gain promotion or even make the playoffs this year, but we can be very optimistic for next season![/p][/quote]Does anyone, apart from bazturd, actually believe this nonsense.[/p][/quote]bazturd....how grown up and clever you are to come up with that, my 5 year old grandson would have more respect and come up with a better one than that!.... baz58
  • Score: 0

10:49pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

owd nick wrote:
Please, please, please don't reply to the troll.
I never do!!
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: Please, please, please don't reply to the troll.[/p][/quote]I never do!! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 0

3:53am Fri 28 Feb 14

speedie_rovers_legend says...

Venkys sacked all the decent scouts, so gary must be scouting as well , you could, nt make it up at our shambles that was once a proud lancashire club, run by lancashire people , now we have these imbeciles from india running us into the dirt, enjoy.
Venkys sacked all the decent scouts, so gary must be scouting as well , you could, nt make it up at our shambles that was once a proud lancashire club, run by lancashire people , now we have these imbeciles from india running us into the dirt, enjoy. speedie_rovers_legend
  • Score: 1

3:00pm Fri 28 Feb 14

Road Runner Road Runner says...

owd nick wrote:
Road Runner Road Runner wrote:
NEWSFLASH...........


...............

Wolves defender signed on a months loan.......

Arte et labore
Think you might find this was Blackpool.
Oops :)

How I mistook 'Pool' for 'Burn' Is shocking - He He :)

Arte et labore
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Road Runner Road Runner[/bold] wrote: NEWSFLASH........... ............... Wolves defender signed on a months loan....... Arte et labore[/p][/quote]Think you might find this was Blackpool.[/p][/quote]Oops :) How I mistook 'Pool' for 'Burn' Is shocking - He He :) Arte et labore Road Runner Road Runner
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