Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer wants more patience from football club owners

Boss Gary Bowyer on the day he was unveiled as Rovers’ permanent boss in May last year

Boss Gary Bowyer on the day he was unveiled as Rovers’ permanent boss in May last year

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GARY Bowyer has implored English football to be ‘careful’ with how it treats its homegrown coaches after Chris Powell’s sacking from Charlton Athletic left the rookie Blackburn Rovers boss as the 14th-longest serving manager in the Championship.

That is despite Bowyer, who takes charge of Rovers for the 50th time tonight when they welcome Bournemouth to Ewood Park, being in his first full season as a senior boss.

The 42-year-old was disappointed to discover that Powell, 44, had been given the bullet by relegation-threatened Charlton yesterday and replaced by Belgian Jose Riga.

And Bowyer was taken aback when he was told that there are now just 13 Championship bosses who have spent more time in their posts than him.

“Wow – that is some statistic,” said Bowyer, who was handed the Rovers job on a permanent basis in May after two separate spells as the club’s caretaker manager last season.

“And it’s a crazy one seeing how long I’ve been at it – I’ve not even done a year yet.

“It was disappointing to hear about Chris as he’s a great guy.

“We’ve got to be careful in this country, really careful, as there are a lot of good British managers out of work.”

Bowyer believes it is not a coincidence that Championship bosses who have been given time to build their teams, like Leicester’s Pearson and Burnley’s Dyche, are enjoying success.

“Stability is the key for any successful business – and football is a business,” said Bowyer, who was previously Rovers’ reserve and academy manager.

“Look at how long they’ve (Pearson, Dyche) been in the jobs they are in and sometimes owners have got to see that.”

Bowyer has won 18, drawn 16 and lost 15 of the 49 competitive matches he has presided over as Rovers’ caretaker and permanent boss – a win percentage of 36.73 per cent that is better than Steve Kean’s first 49 games in charge (24.48 per cent) and Sam Allardyce’s first 49 games in charge (32.65 per cent).

With Financial Fair Play looming large Bowyer has been tasked with the responsibility of cutting down the club’s wage bill while building a new squad that is capable of challenging for promotion.

The former Nottingham Forest defender has brought in 19 players – his latest arrival being winger Liam Feeney on loan from Millwall – and let more than double that amount leave either permanently or temporarily.

When asked if there has been too big a turnover Bowyer said: “I think it shows the level of the job that’s needed to be done here.

“It’s about balancing the books but also about putting a team out there that is competitive – and we’ve got a few more windows to go in my opinion before we are somewhere close to getting level again.”

Bowyer refused to be drawn on whether there will be more big changes in the summer, instead pointing out that he is not looking beyond this season as he still believes his inconsistent side have a chance of making the play-offs.

“One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they’ve proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,” said Bowyer, who admitted he was still ‘hurting’ from Sunday’s East Lancashire derby defeat to second-placed Burnley.

“That is the response we’re expecting now.”

After their three previous home losses this season – to Nottingham Forest, Charlton and Birmingham City – Rovers have responded with a victory in their next match in front of their supporters.

Bowyer hopes to have David Dunn available for selection tonight after the talismanic midfielder suffered cramp against the Clarets.

Captain Grant Hanley made his return from a calf strain in Rovers’ first loss to Burnley in 35 years and, like Dunn, Bowyer says he has to be ‘careful’ with the centre-back.

Tom Cairney remains sidelined, along with fellow midfielder Ben Marshall, but centre-back Matt Kilgallon and winger Josh King could return.

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12:10pm Wed 12 Mar 14

flagstone says...

Get them into the playoffs Gary, hope that the dingles have dropped in there to and return the favour by stopping them winning promotion, that's all you've got to do , tell the squad that's their target for the last thirteen games ...... starting tonight
Get them into the playoffs Gary, hope that the dingles have dropped in there to and return the favour by stopping them winning promotion, that's all you've got to do , tell the squad that's their target for the last thirteen games ...... starting tonight flagstone
  • Score: 6

12:35pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Tombo1984Evans says...

Realise your tactical strengths then Gary and maybe we will get somewhere.

Stop playing 2 CDM's in the center.
Stop letting teams attack and get our team tackling to win the ball.
Also stop with the high balls when our ball on floor play is obviously the best part of our game.
Realise your tactical strengths then Gary and maybe we will get somewhere. Stop playing 2 CDM's in the center. Stop letting teams attack and get our team tackling to win the ball. Also stop with the high balls when our ball on floor play is obviously the best part of our game. Tombo1984Evans
  • Score: 7

12:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

yyy's1 says...

Make the playoffs Gary! You must be watching a different set of players than I am.
Here's a reality check, we haven't a decent goalkeeper on the books, we haven't got a decent defensive fullback, we have no muscle in midfield and on Sunday it looked like exactly what it was, men against boys.
Dream on Gary, you seem like a nice guy but in my opinion we are light years away from getting back into the premiership
Make the playoffs Gary! You must be watching a different set of players than I am. Here's a reality check, we haven't a decent goalkeeper on the books, we haven't got a decent defensive fullback, we have no muscle in midfield and on Sunday it looked like exactly what it was, men against boys. Dream on Gary, you seem like a nice guy but in my opinion we are light years away from getting back into the premiership yyy's1
  • Score: 1

12:46pm Wed 12 Mar 14

kfc yummy says...

flagstone wrote:
Get them into the playoffs Gary, hope that the dingles have dropped in there to and return the favour by stopping them winning promotion, that's all you've got to do , tell the squad that's their target for the last thirteen games ...... starting tonight
You are now nine points off the play-offs.
[quote][p][bold]flagstone[/bold] wrote: Get them into the playoffs Gary, hope that the dingles have dropped in there to and return the favour by stopping them winning promotion, that's all you've got to do , tell the squad that's their target for the last thirteen games ...... starting tonight[/p][/quote]You are now nine points off the play-offs. kfc yummy
  • Score: 0

12:54pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Super_Clarets says...

"One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they've proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,”

More deluded no-dad nonsense.

You lot have never been above 8th in the league ALL SEASON, and yet Bowyer claims that you are good enough for a top 6 finish when you are currently NINE points off the play-off's (effectively 10 points given your shocking goal difference), AND you've been beaten at home by Burnley!

How this man is still in a job is beyond me.

Keep backing him, he'll ensure that you remain a mid-table also-ran, and he'll do a sound job of severely weakening your squad while he's at it.

You couldn't make it up!
"One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they've proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,” More deluded no-dad nonsense. You lot have never been above 8th in the league ALL SEASON, and yet Bowyer claims that you are good enough for a top 6 finish when you are currently NINE points off the play-off's (effectively 10 points given your shocking goal difference), AND you've been beaten at home by Burnley! How this man is still in a job is beyond me. Keep backing him, he'll ensure that you remain a mid-table also-ran, and he'll do a sound job of severely weakening your squad while he's at it. You couldn't make it up! Super_Clarets
  • Score: 0

12:57pm Wed 12 Mar 14

FCBurnley says...

I`ll translate the article for you all. It means `Please dont sack me`
I`ll translate the article for you all. It means `Please dont sack me` FCBurnley
  • Score: 10

1:18pm Wed 12 Mar 14

crankitup says...

i agree Gary, football is a business and like anyone who works for someone else.....if you can't do your job to your employers satisfaction you are unfortunately going to get the sack....i have many a friend who have been considered not good enough by their employers and has a result have been sacked....what makes footballers/managers any different?

Quote" One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they've proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,” said Bowyer".....the only thing 'this group' has proved Gary is that they are inconsistent...all you have to do is look at how many wins 'this group' have had back to back, 2!..... 2 wins back to back in all competitions
that's not proving themselves Gary.....that's not the form of promotion contenders...not by a long shot.

you go on about Dick van Dike from up the road having been given time....he's not been in the job much longer than you Gary....he was made manager in October 2012 in fact.

you took over as manager on the 24th May 2013.....so SD has basically been in charge 7 months longer than you....he hasn't spent millions on players..in fact he let his top scorer at the time go (Austin)....

lets just hope our inconsistent group can get 3 points tonight.
i agree Gary, football is a business and like anyone who works for someone else.....if you can't do your job to your employers satisfaction you are unfortunately going to get the sack....i have many a friend who have been considered not good enough by their employers and has a result have been sacked....what makes footballers/managers any different? Quote" One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they've proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,” said Bowyer".....the only thing 'this group' has proved Gary is that they are inconsistent...all you have to do is look at how many wins 'this group' have had back to back, 2!..... 2 wins back to back in all competitions that's not proving themselves Gary.....that's not the form of promotion contenders...not by a long shot. you go on about Dick van Dike from up the road having been given time....he's not been in the job much longer than you Gary....he was made manager in October 2012 in fact. you took over as manager on the 24th May 2013.....so SD has basically been in charge 7 months longer than you....he hasn't spent millions on players..in fact he let his top scorer at the time go (Austin).... lets just hope our inconsistent group can get 3 points tonight. crankitup
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Stretch_22 says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
"One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they've proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,”

More deluded no-dad nonsense.

You lot have never been above 8th in the league ALL SEASON, and yet Bowyer claims that you are good enough for a top 6 finish when you are currently NINE points off the play-off's (effectively 10 points given your shocking goal difference), AND you've been beaten at home by Burnley!

How this man is still in a job is beyond me.

Keep backing him, he'll ensure that you remain a mid-table also-ran, and he'll do a sound job of severely weakening your squad while he's at it.

You couldn't make it up!
And even when our 35 year comfort blanket was taken away, the Dingle Trolls still like to remind us where we are. Awesome. For a minute I thought we were top, and 50 points clear of Burnley...

Thanks for your help :-)
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: "One or two people may have written us off but that’s a dangerous thing to do with this group as they've proved throughout this season that whenever a challenge has been put to them they have bounced back and got on with it,” More deluded no-dad nonsense. You lot have never been above 8th in the league ALL SEASON, and yet Bowyer claims that you are good enough for a top 6 finish when you are currently NINE points off the play-off's (effectively 10 points given your shocking goal difference), AND you've been beaten at home by Burnley! How this man is still in a job is beyond me. Keep backing him, he'll ensure that you remain a mid-table also-ran, and he'll do a sound job of severely weakening your squad while he's at it. You couldn't make it up![/p][/quote]And even when our 35 year comfort blanket was taken away, the Dingle Trolls still like to remind us where we are. Awesome. For a minute I thought we were top, and 50 points clear of Burnley... Thanks for your help :-) Stretch_22
  • Score: -1

1:51pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Sorry Mr Bowyer but most of your early signings are out on loan or totally unskilled at top Championship level

Your inability tactically and not solving our midfield right back and striker department says it all.

Half the Bolton team were on the bench a game later.

I doubt if everyone was fit you would even know what our best side was.
Sorry Mr Bowyer but most of your early signings are out on loan or totally unskilled at top Championship level Your inability tactically and not solving our midfield right back and striker department says it all. Half the Bolton team were on the bench a game later. I doubt if everyone was fit you would even know what our best side was. MattNewcastle
  • Score: 5

1:54pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MattNewcastle says...

Even if we had our best players fit you would not know what to do with them / tell them what to do.

oh I guess Williamson and Lowe would also still feature in your midfield

My opinion only is that you have not displayed enough acumen to lead us into the Premiership.
Even if we had our best players fit you would not know what to do with them / tell them what to do. oh I guess Williamson and Lowe would also still feature in your midfield My opinion only is that you have not displayed enough acumen to lead us into the Premiership. MattNewcastle
  • Score: 5

1:58pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Bill Carson says...

I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it! Bill Carson
  • Score: 2

2:01pm Wed 12 Mar 14

campbell69s says...

You can't compare him to Kean and Allardyce, they were both terrible Blackburn managers.
You can't compare him to Kean and Allardyce, they were both terrible Blackburn managers. campbell69s
  • Score: -1

2:07pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

Bill Carson wrote:
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed.

Keep sucking it up loser!

UTC!!
[quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it![/p][/quote]I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed. Keep sucking it up loser! UTC!! Manuel Hung
  • Score: -1

2:12pm Wed 12 Mar 14

vicn1956 says...

Is GB addressing the fans or venkys?
Is GB addressing the fans or venkys? vicn1956
  • Score: 5

2:26pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

MattNewcastle wrote:
Even if we had our best players fit you would not know what to do with them / tell them what to do.

oh I guess Williamson and Lowe would also still feature in your midfield

My opinion only is that you have not displayed enough acumen to lead us into the Premiership.
Not yet, he's only been in the job for a few months. And BTW, the Dingles are not out of the Championship yet either.
[quote][p][bold]MattNewcastle[/bold] wrote: Even if we had our best players fit you would not know what to do with them / tell them what to do. oh I guess Williamson and Lowe would also still feature in your midfield My opinion only is that you have not displayed enough acumen to lead us into the Premiership.[/p][/quote]Not yet, he's only been in the job for a few months. And BTW, the Dingles are not out of the Championship yet either. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 0

2:31pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
Bill Carson wrote:
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed.

Keep sucking it up loser!

UTC!!
Mr Hung....You come out with some quite sensible comments, but also some stupid ones. Every manager on the planet has moved on when a better offer has come along. SD is no different and unless he really is a "one season wonder" the offers should start coming in this summer.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it![/p][/quote]I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed. Keep sucking it up loser! UTC!![/p][/quote]Mr Hung....You come out with some quite sensible comments, but also some stupid ones. Every manager on the planet has moved on when a better offer has come along. SD is no different and unless he really is a "one season wonder" the offers should start coming in this summer. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Manuel Hung says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
Bill Carson wrote:
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed.

Keep sucking it up loser!

UTC!!
Mr Hung....You come out with some quite sensible comments, but also some stupid ones. Every manager on the planet has moved on when a better offer has come along. SD is no different and unless he really is a "one season wonder" the offers should start coming in this summer.
I'm not disagreeing with what he is saying. SD or any of our players moving on is always a possibility and we accept that.
If promoted our return to the Championship will happen at some point we accept that also. We don't believe we have a god given right to exist only in the Prem like other clubs do including Wowvers.

I'm simply saying that I can see the pain, anger, frustration & bitterness in the comments made by Billiboy. That puts a smile on my face.

On a final note he should be more concerned about Wowvers getting relegated next season not us!
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it![/p][/quote]I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed. Keep sucking it up loser! UTC!![/p][/quote]Mr Hung....You come out with some quite sensible comments, but also some stupid ones. Every manager on the planet has moved on when a better offer has come along. SD is no different and unless he really is a "one season wonder" the offers should start coming in this summer.[/p][/quote]I'm not disagreeing with what he is saying. SD or any of our players moving on is always a possibility and we accept that. If promoted our return to the Championship will happen at some point we accept that also. We don't believe we have a god given right to exist only in the Prem like other clubs do including Wowvers. I'm simply saying that I can see the pain, anger, frustration & bitterness in the comments made by Billiboy. That puts a smile on my face. On a final note he should be more concerned about Wowvers getting relegated next season not us! Manuel Hung
  • Score: 1

2:44pm Wed 12 Mar 14

chickenfarm says...

Bowyer has won 18, drawn 16 and lost 15 of the 49 competitive matches he has presided over as Rovers’ caretaker and permanent boss – a win percentage of 36.73 per cent that is better than Steve Kean’s first 49 games in charge (24.48 per cent) and Sam Allardyce’s first 49 games in charge (32.65 per cent).

Poor form from the Lancashire Telegraph Look at the teams the other two manager played against and you will see it was the Premier League
Bowyer has won 18, drawn 16 and lost 15 of the 49 competitive matches he has presided over as Rovers’ caretaker and permanent boss – a win percentage of 36.73 per cent that is better than Steve Kean’s first 49 games in charge (24.48 per cent) and Sam Allardyce’s first 49 games in charge (32.65 per cent). Poor form from the Lancashire Telegraph Look at the teams the other two manager played against and you will see it was the Premier League chickenfarm
  • Score: 7

2:56pm Wed 12 Mar 14

northernchef says...

Bill Carson wrote:
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
Is that three different articles you have posted exactly the same comment on now. Give it a rest you are starting to look daft now.
[quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it![/p][/quote]Is that three different articles you have posted exactly the same comment on now. Give it a rest you are starting to look daft now. northernchef
  • Score: 0

3:13pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Tugay's Understudy says...

I don't really disagree with quite of the few dingle comments on here. Bowyer hasn't really had us near the play offs and his tactical acumen has to be questioned after throwing away numerous points, particularly in late periods of the game, Sunday being the most devastating after-effect of his poor tactical nous. Not to mention his persistence in negative football and playing two sitting DMs with HUGE gaps between them and the strikers, whilst sticking Cairney out wide to accommodate his tactics. He needs to buck his ideas up and do the talking on the pitch now. FFP sanctions looming, parachute payments drying up, risk of our best players leaving are all at risk after next season. Next season is our best chance of getting out of this league. If we aren't looking like going up by November then I think GB has to go.
I don't really disagree with quite of the few dingle comments on here. Bowyer hasn't really had us near the play offs and his tactical acumen has to be questioned after throwing away numerous points, particularly in late periods of the game, Sunday being the most devastating after-effect of his poor tactical nous. Not to mention his persistence in negative football and playing two sitting DMs with HUGE gaps between them and the strikers, whilst sticking Cairney out wide to accommodate his tactics. He needs to buck his ideas up and do the talking on the pitch now. FFP sanctions looming, parachute payments drying up, risk of our best players leaving are all at risk after next season. Next season is our best chance of getting out of this league. If we aren't looking like going up by November then I think GB has to go. Tugay's Understudy
  • Score: 4

3:16pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MxMave says...

Tombo1984Evans wrote:
Realise your tactical strengths then Gary and maybe we will get somewhere.

Stop playing 2 CDM's in the center.
Stop letting teams attack and get our team tackling to win the ball.
Also stop with the high balls when our ball on floor play is obviously the best part of our game.
I'm glad some fans see sense. PRESSURE is the one that annoys me the most. Something Gary never seems to sort out. Teams come to Ewood and pressure our back 4 (when we are on the ball, creating space in behind). Pretty much every manager now seems to have cottoned onto the fact we are clueless in that situation and don't take advantage of the spread in ranks that occurs when teams do this.
Then down the other end of the pitch its generally JR on his own trying to put pressure on all 4 defenders and the goalkeeper... It all boils down to one thing.... Bowyer is more scared of the counter attack than anything else, another reason why he plays the two CDM's with both holding and no-one supporting the attack. For opposition managers the strategy aspect must be a doddle.
[quote][p][bold]Tombo1984Evans[/bold] wrote: Realise your tactical strengths then Gary and maybe we will get somewhere. Stop playing 2 CDM's in the center. Stop letting teams attack and get our team tackling to win the ball. Also stop with the high balls when our ball on floor play is obviously the best part of our game.[/p][/quote]I'm glad some fans see sense. PRESSURE is the one that annoys me the most. Something Gary never seems to sort out. Teams come to Ewood and pressure our back 4 (when we are on the ball, creating space in behind). Pretty much every manager now seems to have cottoned onto the fact we are clueless in that situation and don't take advantage of the spread in ranks that occurs when teams do this. Then down the other end of the pitch its generally JR on his own trying to put pressure on all 4 defenders and the goalkeeper... It all boils down to one thing.... Bowyer is more scared of the counter attack than anything else, another reason why he plays the two CDM's with both holding and no-one supporting the attack. For opposition managers the strategy aspect must be a doddle. MxMave
  • Score: 6

3:20pm Wed 12 Mar 14

MxMave says...

flagstone wrote:
Get them into the playoffs Gary, hope that the dingles have dropped in there to and return the favour by stopping them winning promotion, that's all you've got to do , tell the squad that's their target for the last thirteen games ...... starting tonight
You've gotta admit that it's an absolute pipe dream. On the freakish offchance we did sneak 6th spot, we would get demolished in the playoffs and if not, subsequently we would break derby's record of lowest points in the prem.

We need a few years, a charismatic manager and a good squad overhaul before that's possible. I kinda hope JR is sold in summer now just so we can reinvest in the rest of the squad. A decent player should cost at least £1m unless you get lucky and you don't win promotion with a team full of loanee's.
[quote][p][bold]flagstone[/bold] wrote: Get them into the playoffs Gary, hope that the dingles have dropped in there to and return the favour by stopping them winning promotion, that's all you've got to do , tell the squad that's their target for the last thirteen games ...... starting tonight[/p][/quote]You've gotta admit that it's an absolute pipe dream. On the freakish offchance we did sneak 6th spot, we would get demolished in the playoffs and if not, subsequently we would break derby's record of lowest points in the prem. We need a few years, a charismatic manager and a good squad overhaul before that's possible. I kinda hope JR is sold in summer now just so we can reinvest in the rest of the squad. A decent player should cost at least £1m unless you get lucky and you don't win promotion with a team full of loanee's. MxMave
  • Score: 4

3:30pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Give_Kean_A_Chance says...

Bill Carson wrote:
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
That is the most jealousy filled comment I have read. Embarrassing
[quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it![/p][/quote]That is the most jealousy filled comment I have read. Embarrassing Give_Kean_A_Chance
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Wed 12 Mar 14

owd nick says...

chickenfarm wrote:
Bowyer has won 18, drawn 16 and lost 15 of the 49 competitive matches he has presided over as Rovers’ caretaker and permanent boss – a win percentage of 36.73 per cent that is better than Steve Kean’s first 49 games in charge (24.48 per cent) and Sam Allardyce’s first 49 games in charge (32.65 per cent).

Poor form from the Lancashire Telegraph Look at the teams the other two manager played against and you will see it was the Premier League
Horses for courses, any manager can only put his team out against other teams in the same division.

I would argue that GB has a better record than Allardyce irrespective of the standard of teams played against because of the stability of the club when Allardyce was in charge in comparison to what is going on now.

At times GB must feel like he is herding cats.

35 players used this season, 3 keepers, 15 defenders, 10 midfield and 7 strikers, only two players that I can see, Lowe and Spurr have played in every game.

Looking at those figures a near 37% win ratio is pretty impressive, and that's with negative tactics that I believe have cost us around 15 points so far this season.
[quote][p][bold]chickenfarm[/bold] wrote: Bowyer has won 18, drawn 16 and lost 15 of the 49 competitive matches he has presided over as Rovers’ caretaker and permanent boss – a win percentage of 36.73 per cent that is better than Steve Kean’s first 49 games in charge (24.48 per cent) and Sam Allardyce’s first 49 games in charge (32.65 per cent). Poor form from the Lancashire Telegraph Look at the teams the other two manager played against and you will see it was the Premier League[/p][/quote]Horses for courses, any manager can only put his team out against other teams in the same division. I would argue that GB has a better record than Allardyce irrespective of the standard of teams played against because of the stability of the club when Allardyce was in charge in comparison to what is going on now. At times GB must feel like he is herding cats. 35 players used this season, 3 keepers, 15 defenders, 10 midfield and 7 strikers, only two players that I can see, Lowe and Spurr have played in every game. Looking at those figures a near 37% win ratio is pretty impressive, and that's with negative tactics that I believe have cost us around 15 points so far this season. owd nick
  • Score: 1

4:06pm Wed 12 Mar 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

Cramp?!! You have got to be kidding!! Get real - as a famous Rover once said.
Cramp?!! You have got to be kidding!! Get real - as a famous Rover once said. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 1

4:34pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Reg Rover says...

WILL ROVERS SWOOP FOR SHERWOOD
The controversial Shebby Singh did not get many things right in his brief stay at Blackburn Rovers.
But one of his better ideas would appear to have been his attempts to appoint former Rovers captain Tim Sherwood (Pic above) as manager.
It is well documented that Singh made several attempts to prise Sherwood away from his coaching role at Spurs, following the much celebrated departure of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Singh spent a month pursuing Sherwood to no avail, before finally settling for another former Rovers Henning Berg. And what a disaster and expensive one at that it turned out to be.
Sherwood in the meantime has un expectantly become Spurs manager, and a good job he has made of it.
He is passionate, knowledgeable and can handle ‘Big Name Players’. His appraisals of modern football faults are refreshing along with his obvious hatred of losing.
Due to Sherwood’s efforts for Spurs, they have averaged 2 points per Premiership game. An average that would put them in 3rd position if it had been maintained from the start of the season. Spurs are also through to the Europa League quarter finals.
Despite Sherwood’s efforts, and Spurs could not have hoped for better, it is footballs worst kept secret that he will be replaced by Holland’s national team manager Louis Van Gall after the World Cup finals in Brazil.
Another English manager will bite the dust in the mistaken clamour for foreign managers. Some have even tipped Sherwood as a possible future England manager in years to come.
If Sherwood is jettisoned by Spurs would Rovers swoop to give him the opportunity of taking them back into the Premiership?
A task I feel well within his capabilities.
Sherwood is on record as saying the seven years he spent at Ewood were amongst the happiest in his life, he also fell in love with the area and the warm hearted people of Lancashire and took them and the scenic Ribble Valley firmly to his heart.
The stumbling block for cash strapped Rovers would be the finance needed to bring him in. Not to mention a possible transfer embargo looming that would scupper any attempts to appoint any manager of repute.
I have no doubt Tim Sherwood would most welcome by Rovers fans despite the popularity of Gary Bowyer. But I would stick with the excellent Gary Bowyer for a bit longer yet.
Note See article ‘Rovers must stand by Bowyer’
Reg.

Footnote: REG IS BACK. Sorry I have been missing for the past 6 months, much to Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brainless brother’s delight!
WILL ROVERS SWOOP FOR SHERWOOD The controversial Shebby Singh did not get many things right in his brief stay at Blackburn Rovers. But one of his better ideas would appear to have been his attempts to appoint former Rovers captain Tim Sherwood (Pic above) as manager. It is well documented that Singh made several attempts to prise Sherwood away from his coaching role at Spurs, following the much celebrated departure of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Singh spent a month pursuing Sherwood to no avail, before finally settling for another former Rovers Henning Berg. And what a disaster and expensive one at that it turned out to be. Sherwood in the meantime has un expectantly become Spurs manager, and a good job he has made of it. He is passionate, knowledgeable and can handle ‘Big Name Players’. His appraisals of modern football faults are refreshing along with his obvious hatred of losing. Due to Sherwood’s efforts for Spurs, they have averaged 2 points per Premiership game. An average that would put them in 3rd position if it had been maintained from the start of the season. Spurs are also through to the Europa League quarter finals. Despite Sherwood’s efforts, and Spurs could not have hoped for better, it is footballs worst kept secret that he will be replaced by Holland’s national team manager Louis Van Gall after the World Cup finals in Brazil. Another English manager will bite the dust in the mistaken clamour for foreign managers. Some have even tipped Sherwood as a possible future England manager in years to come. If Sherwood is jettisoned by Spurs would Rovers swoop to give him the opportunity of taking them back into the Premiership? A task I feel well within his capabilities. Sherwood is on record as saying the seven years he spent at Ewood were amongst the happiest in his life, he also fell in love with the area and the warm hearted people of Lancashire and took them and the scenic Ribble Valley firmly to his heart. The stumbling block for cash strapped Rovers would be the finance needed to bring him in. Not to mention a possible transfer embargo looming that would scupper any attempts to appoint any manager of repute. I have no doubt Tim Sherwood would most welcome by Rovers fans despite the popularity of Gary Bowyer. But I would stick with the excellent Gary Bowyer for a bit longer yet. Note See article ‘Rovers must stand by Bowyer’ Reg. Footnote: REG IS BACK. Sorry I have been missing for the past 6 months, much to Mrs Anuradha Desai and her brainless brother’s delight! Reg Rover
  • Score: 4

4:40pm Wed 12 Mar 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Manuel Hung wrote:
Harwoodstblue wrote:
Manuel Hung wrote:
Bill Carson wrote:
I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it!
I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed.

Keep sucking it up loser!

UTC!!
Mr Hung....You come out with some quite sensible comments, but also some stupid ones. Every manager on the planet has moved on when a better offer has come along. SD is no different and unless he really is a "one season wonder" the offers should start coming in this summer.
I'm not disagreeing with what he is saying. SD or any of our players moving on is always a possibility and we accept that.
If promoted our return to the Championship will happen at some point we accept that also. We don't believe we have a god given right to exist only in the Prem like other clubs do including Wowvers.

I'm simply saying that I can see the pain, anger, frustration & bitterness in the comments made by Billiboy. That puts a smile on my face.

On a final note he should be more concerned about Wowvers getting relegated next season not us!
" We don't believe we have a god given right to exist only in the Prem like other clubs do including Wowvers "

Where did you get that from Manuel ? We're a small town like Burnley who managed through good management both on and off the pitch to punch above our weight and mix it with
the big boys for years, even after Jack Walker died. Of course we don't think we have any God given right to be there, idiots excluded of course. Look at the clubs who have been relegated from the Prem in the last 20 years. Much bigger clubs than Rovers.
As for relegation next season, any sensible football fan will know that Bowyer has had a baptism of fire this year and come out of it pretty well. I can only see an improvement next season.
[quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Manuel Hung[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bill Carson[/bold] wrote: I can see Sean Dyke becoming the next Owen Coyle. Another flash in the pan season in the Prem, relegation a forgone conclusion and the ginger Mourinho stepping sideways to maintain his newfound PL managerial status. So enjoy your moment Dingles, it won't last and YOU know it![/p][/quote]I can see the pain and anger in every word you have typed. Keep sucking it up loser! UTC!![/p][/quote]Mr Hung....You come out with some quite sensible comments, but also some stupid ones. Every manager on the planet has moved on when a better offer has come along. SD is no different and unless he really is a "one season wonder" the offers should start coming in this summer.[/p][/quote]I'm not disagreeing with what he is saying. SD or any of our players moving on is always a possibility and we accept that. If promoted our return to the Championship will happen at some point we accept that also. We don't believe we have a god given right to exist only in the Prem like other clubs do including Wowvers. I'm simply saying that I can see the pain, anger, frustration & bitterness in the comments made by Billiboy. That puts a smile on my face. On a final note he should be more concerned about Wowvers getting relegated next season not us![/p][/quote]" We don't believe we have a god given right to exist only in the Prem like other clubs do including Wowvers " Where did you get that from Manuel ? We're a small town like Burnley who managed through good management both on and off the pitch to punch above our weight and mix it with the big boys for years, even after Jack Walker died. Of course we don't think we have any God given right to be there, idiots excluded of course. Look at the clubs who have been relegated from the Prem in the last 20 years. Much bigger clubs than Rovers. As for relegation next season, any sensible football fan will know that Bowyer has had a baptism of fire this year and come out of it pretty well. I can only see an improvement next season. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -3

10:57pm Wed 12 Mar 14

dallydally says...

You might be the next to go GB after that abject performance tonight. Terrible; one of the worst games this season. Low on skill, creativity, passion, commitment, determination, organisation and a total lack of appetite after the weekend's disappointment. You have to shoulder the blame GB for not being able to galvanise these players into better shape this evening. Its going to be a long haul between now and May. And please don't anyone talk about the possibility of the play offs. They are long one not because of the points difference but because of the poor performances served up by a set of players bereft of ideas and overall low on ability. We depend far too much on a small number to get us out of jail and if they have an off night - or are injured - the shortcomings are there for all to see.
You might be the next to go GB after that abject performance tonight. Terrible; one of the worst games this season. Low on skill, creativity, passion, commitment, determination, organisation and a total lack of appetite after the weekend's disappointment. You have to shoulder the blame GB for not being able to galvanise these players into better shape this evening. Its going to be a long haul between now and May. And please don't anyone talk about the possibility of the play offs. They are long one not because of the points difference but because of the poor performances served up by a set of players bereft of ideas and overall low on ability. We depend far too much on a small number to get us out of jail and if they have an off night - or are injured - the shortcomings are there for all to see. dallydally
  • Score: 1

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