Varney has no complaints about playing back-up to red-hot Rovers striker Gestede

This Is Lancashire: Luke Varney Luke Varney

LUKE Varney returns to his former club Charlton Athletic tomorrow knowing there is a strong possibility he will start from the bench for the fifth game running.

For a player who admits he is yet to make his mark since signing on loan from troubled Leeds United that is not ideal.

But there is no chance the 31-year-old will be banging down Blackburn Rovers Gary Bowyer’s door come Monday morning.

Varney is not that sort of player and, besides, he has too much respect for his manager and for the striker currently in front of him in the pecking order – red-hot Rudy Gestede, whose hat-trick in Monday’s 4-2 win at Birmingham City kept Rovers’ hopes of a play-off place alive going into the trip to The Valley.

“You want to make your mark on the squad and I don’t think I’ve quite done that yet,” said Varney, who has made 12 appearances, nine as a substitute, following his February switch from Elland Road.

“But I’m enjoying being part of it and coming from Leeds, where it was quite negative, it’s been brilliant to be involved with a team who are trying to keep their season alive.

“I must admit the teams I’ve been at before when I was younger and naïve, I wouldn’t have moaned as I’m not that sort of lad, but I would have been thinking ‘I should be playing’.

“But I understand my position at the minute. I’ve spoken to the gaffer about it and I’m backing Rudy up every step of the way because I know 100 per cent he’d do the same for me.

“There is that sort of feeling around the squad. It’s brilliant and I’m happier than anyone to see Rudy getting goals in games and seeing him in training smashing them in. His confidence is flying and he can only help us.

“Yes I’ve had a couple of bad days with not playing but the gaffer saw that and picked me up.

“The main factor here is the gaffer is honest and he keeps you in the loop. The communication with the players who are not playing is just as important as the ones who are playing.

“When you’re not playing it’s quite easy to switch off and not keep your mentality right but that’s not the case here.

“The gaffer says to us we have to keep ready. He keeps you on your toes and it’s easy to be involved with a squad and staff like this.”

Rovers head to relegation-threatened Charlton tomorrow on the back of a 10-match unbeaten run.

And Varney revealed it has been inspired by a challenge from Bowyer.

“It must have been about eight games ago that the gaffer set us a challenge to go unbeaten,” said the former Crewe Alexandra, Derby County and Blackpool frontman.

“We’ve done that and while we were obviously disappointed with a couple of draws that should have been wins, we have beaten some good teams along the way and some teams who are scrapping for their lives.”

Another of those sides is Charlton, who Varney signed for in a £2m deal in May 2007 from Crewe.

“It was a big move for me at the time but I thought it was the right thing to do,” he said.

“I really enjoyed my time down there but then the manager, Alan Pardew, left and I didn’t know where I fitted in so when an offer from Derby came in I took it.

“But I’ve got nothing but good things to say about the place.”

Varney’s loan runs out on May 11, meaning he would not be able to play in the play-offs should Rovers secure a top-six spot.

But he hopes to be make a permanent move to Ewood Park once his Leeds contract expires in the summer.

Varney said: “I’ve made it clear I want to stay, I think the gaffer sees it that way too, so I’m hoping I’ll be here.”

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1:10pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Reg Rover says...

BOOING IS A DISGRACE
The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace.
I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview.
I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years.
This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight.
The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking.
What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress.
We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season.
O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals.
A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans.
It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total.
Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor.
But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”.
It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND.
Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them.
It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough.
Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on.
Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter.
Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking.
Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid.
Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon.
CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH.
Reg

www.regoftherovers.c
o.uk
BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk Reg Rover
  • Score: 13

1:29pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Super_Clarets says...

Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up!
Sign him up, sign him up, sign him up! Super_Clarets
  • Score: -6

1:40pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Reg Rover wrote:
BOOING IS A DISGRACE
The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace.
I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview.
I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years.
This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight.
The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking.
What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress.
We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season.
O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals.
A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans.
It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total.
Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor.
But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”.
It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND.
Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them.
It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough.
Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on.
Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter.
Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking.
Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid.
Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon.
CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH.
Reg

www.regoftherovers.c

o.uk
Good post Reg!
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk[/p][/quote]Good post Reg! Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 9

1:54pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Steven Seagull says...

Reg Rover wrote:
BOOING IS A DISGRACE
The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace.
I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview.
I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years.
This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight.
The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking.
What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress.
We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season.
O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals.
A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans.
It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total.
Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor.
But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”.
It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND.
Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them.
It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough.
Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on.
Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter.
Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking.
Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid.
Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon.
CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH.
Reg

www.regoftherovers.c

o.uk
Shhhhhhh, what's that noise Reg?.........it's the sound of the world's smallest violin playing.
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk[/p][/quote]Shhhhhhh, what's that noise Reg?.........it's the sound of the world's smallest violin playing. Steven Seagull
  • Score: -10

2:01pm Fri 25 Apr 14

PlutoRover says...

Lancs - pensioner wrote:
Reg Rover wrote:
BOOING IS A DISGRACE
The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace.
I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview.
I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years.
This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight.
The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking.
What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress.
We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season.
O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals.
A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans.
It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total.
Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor.
But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”.
It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND.
Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them.
It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough.
Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on.
Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter.
Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking.
Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid.
Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon.
CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH.
Reg

www.regoftherovers.c


o.uk
Good post Reg!
Here here, very sensible and considered views. It is understandable but not helpful how many Rovers fans on here are leaning towards the negatives, particularly based on what we have had to endure over the last few seasons! If we all focus on the positives and get behind GB and the lads we will have every chance of promotion next season. GB has brought back good sense and stability and with this he has given himself and the squad every chance of a good season in 2014/15. Next year is the current regime's year to prove themselves with no excuses, the current squad should be capable of promotion and may be strengthened further in the Summer but the right tactics, preparation, mind-set and a bit of luck will be necessary. After all, it worked for Burnley this year.
[quote][p][bold]Lancs - pensioner[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk[/p][/quote]Good post Reg![/p][/quote]Here here, very sensible and considered views. It is understandable but not helpful how many Rovers fans on here are leaning towards the negatives, particularly based on what we have had to endure over the last few seasons! If we all focus on the positives and get behind GB and the lads we will have every chance of promotion next season. GB has brought back good sense and stability and with this he has given himself and the squad every chance of a good season in 2014/15. Next year is the current regime's year to prove themselves with no excuses, the current squad should be capable of promotion and may be strengthened further in the Summer but the right tactics, preparation, mind-set and a bit of luck will be necessary. After all, it worked for Burnley this year. PlutoRover
  • Score: 6

3:07pm Fri 25 Apr 14

cruzy_cruz says...

THIS CLUB NEEDS PROMOTION TO SURVIVE IN IT'S CURRENT FORMAT.

MR BOWYER HAS NOT GOT THE NOUSE TO DELIVER IT.

Twist or wither. That is the choice
THIS CLUB NEEDS PROMOTION TO SURVIVE IN IT'S CURRENT FORMAT. MR BOWYER HAS NOT GOT THE NOUSE TO DELIVER IT. Twist or wither. That is the choice cruzy_cruz
  • Score: -5

3:07pm Fri 25 Apr 14

mammamiauk says...

Reg Rover wrote:
BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk
Excellent post, Reg. I whole-heartedly agree with you. Gary Bowyer has done a wonderful job since taking over the reins and he is emerging as one of the brightest younger Managers.

Gary and his team always say "hello" to me when they see me waiting before the game and if I am around long enough afterwards (after all the players have gone), they do the same.

I hope that the Venky's will continue to keep him on and realise what a great job he has done after the disastrous first two seasons when they took over. Onwards and upwards!

It will be a much shorter journey for me to the game tomorrow as I live along the South Coast but I work in London, anyway. When I go to Ewood, I usually spend almost £45 on travelling expenses and if it is a Saturday game, I stay overnight and pay £27.50 for a hotel. If time permits, I like to give the local community my support by buying food (especially fresh pies) from Blackburn Market and have meals at the different cafes in Blackburn and Darwen.

RTID
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk[/p][/quote]Excellent post, Reg. I whole-heartedly agree with you. Gary Bowyer has done a wonderful job since taking over the reins and he is emerging as one of the brightest younger Managers. Gary and his team always say "hello" to me when they see me waiting before the game and if I am around long enough afterwards (after all the players have gone), they do the same. I hope that the Venky's will continue to keep him on and realise what a great job he has done after the disastrous first two seasons when they took over. Onwards and upwards! It will be a much shorter journey for me to the game tomorrow as I live along the South Coast but I work in London, anyway. When I go to Ewood, I usually spend almost £45 on travelling expenses and if it is a Saturday game, I stay overnight and pay £27.50 for a hotel. If time permits, I like to give the local community my support by buying food (especially fresh pies) from Blackburn Market and have meals at the different cafes in Blackburn and Darwen. RTID mammamiauk
  • Score: 4

4:15pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Reg Rover wrote:
BOOING IS A DISGRACE
The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace.
I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview.
I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years.
This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight.
The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking.
What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress.
We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season.
O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals.
A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans.
It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total.
Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor.
But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”.
It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND.
Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them.
It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough.
Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on.
Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter.
Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking.
Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid.
Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon.
CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH.
Reg

www.regoftherovers.c

o.uk
I was not at the game on Good Friday due to holidays but had I been, I can not guarantee that I would not have made my feelings known at the end of the game. If GB won't criticise the team then it rests with the paying public to advise these highly paid professionals that underperformance is unacceptable. Those two dropped points would have had us on the verge of the playoffs. Add the two thrown away at Sheffield, our destiny would have been in our own hands.
It's no consolation to hear how " disappointed the lads are". They are being adequately compensated for their disappointment and if they can't cope with the odd burst of frustration from the terraces they should be playing netball.
[quote][p][bold]Reg Rover[/bold] wrote: BOOING IS A DISGRACE The booing by Rovers ‘fans’ at the end of the Yeovil game on Good Friday was an absolute disgrace. I sat not far behind manager Gary Bowyer (pic above) and he was clearly annoyed and perhaps a bit upset. So much so that he even mentioned it in his after match interview. I agree with his sentiments. How can the fans possibly boo a team having gone 9 games (now 10) without defeat and in with a slim chance of a playoff place after all that has gone on at Ewood Park over the past three years. This time last year we were in a relegation battle and facing oblivion, Bowyer kept us up. The year before under the awful Kean we were relegated from The Premiership after 12 successive years in the top flight. The year before that 2010 / 2011 we survived a relegation battle thanks to the 23 points Allardyce had accumulated prior to his disastrous sacking. What we needed this season was to establish ourselves as a Championship team that could compete. Bowyer has achieved that with a top half finish almost guaranteed, possibly as high as seventh or eighth. That is progress. We have gone forward not backwards for the first time since 2010 / 11 season. O.K. I was disappointed with our performance v Yeovil, those two points dropped plus the two points tossed away at Hillsborough in the 95th Minute have almost probably cost Rovers a play-off place. But the team has given it a go. A team assembled by Bowyer, on a tight budget with astute signings and loan deals. A team, although limited in many ways, gives 100% for the Rovers Shirt and the fans. It cost me £27 in petrol money driving from my Cumbrian Home to Ewood, plus my £25 ticket for the match and £3 programme. £55 in total. Did I get value for money on Good Friday? no I did not. And neither did anyone else. If anyone was entitled to boo the team it’s me. Rovers were poor. But that is what you buy into when you support a team all your life. There are no guarantees. It’s not like going to the theatre where you know you are going to see a good play or musical. To sound corny a football match “Is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get”. It is imperative that the Rovers owners, Venky’s Of London, rubber stamp Gary Bowyer for next season immediately. And give him a long pre-season, something they did not do last year when they dithered. No doubt Bowyer has Managing Director Derek Shaw’s backing. We must not re-join the MANAGER MERRY GO ROUND. Bowyer could emulate Sean Dyche at Burnley next season and take us back into the Premiership. Burnley were fourth favourites to be relegated when the season started, and look what happened. They have taken the Championship by storm, having decided to stick with Dyche and good luck to them. It’s up to the Rovers to get back and it will be tough. Burnley have probably succeeded just in time. Because those clubs coming down from the Premiership this season will have parachute payments over three times the size the Rovers received last year, to aid their fighting funds, as the new Sky TV deal kicks in. But we have to live with it. Venky’s cocked-up in the first few months of their ownership and they know it. Why they don’t acknowledge it and apologise is beyond me. Then we can all move on. Gary Bowyer has even enticed several hundred fans back to the Ewood terraces. And I predict will continue to do so. He is a popular man and Ewood has a ‘nice feel’ about it once again, having seen the last of the awful Steve (the man who could not win football matches) Kean. Kean did untold damage, but that is another story. Under Bowyer things will continue to improve and attendances to rise. Bowyer knows the club inside out and has been here for eight years. He is popular with all the staff. They think the world of him at Brockhall. Chef’s, grounds men, cleaners, laundry staff and indeed everyone has time for Bowyer. Unlike the awful Kean who was clearly unpopular with his dogmatic manner to everyone. These things matter. Gary Bowyer also interacts with the crowd. He has the odd word with those around him during the game, he encourages vocal support, something that is sometimes sadly lacking. Bowyer never publicly criticises his team but always acknowledges when they have not played well. Again unlike Kean, who assessed every Rovers performance as if we had been watching Real Madrid. Stability and progress are the key words for the Rovers future. And the future lies with Gary Bowyer and his excellent staff of Terry Mcphilips, Craig Short, Eric Kinder and Phil Cannon. CARRY ON AND KEEP THE FAITH. Reg www.regoftherovers.c o.uk[/p][/quote]I was not at the game on Good Friday due to holidays but had I been, I can not guarantee that I would not have made my feelings known at the end of the game. If GB won't criticise the team then it rests with the paying public to advise these highly paid professionals that underperformance is unacceptable. Those two dropped points would have had us on the verge of the playoffs. Add the two thrown away at Sheffield, our destiny would have been in our own hands. It's no consolation to hear how " disappointed the lads are". They are being adequately compensated for their disappointment and if they can't cope with the odd burst of frustration from the terraces they should be playing netball. Angry From Accrington
  • Score: -1

5:03pm Fri 25 Apr 14

McClaret says...

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Booooooooooooooooooo oooooooooooooooooooo ooooooooooooooo McClaret
  • Score: -4

7:28pm Fri 25 Apr 14

Not_A_Loon_From_Pune says...

Varney is one whose loan I would definitely not make permanent. He seems to run around a lot but is sadly lacking in the ability to beat a man and stick the ball in the net. Please save what little money is available for somebody who is going to improve the squad.
Varney is one whose loan I would definitely not make permanent. He seems to run around a lot but is sadly lacking in the ability to beat a man and stick the ball in the net. Please save what little money is available for somebody who is going to improve the squad. Not_A_Loon_From_Pune
  • Score: 5

8:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

greenscreener says...

If Ben Marshall, who was starting to show some ability, can get fit over the summer I doubt we need Varney, who really hasn't contributed much.
If Ben Marshall, who was starting to show some ability, can get fit over the summer I doubt we need Varney, who really hasn't contributed much. greenscreener
  • Score: 5

9:39pm Fri 25 Apr 14

jimluftas says...

Get rid, not contributed anything so far and managed to miss a few sitters. Not a winger, not a striker and hopefully not with us much longer. Better off giving youngsters a go.
Get rid, not contributed anything so far and managed to miss a few sitters. Not a winger, not a striker and hopefully not with us much longer. Better off giving youngsters a go. jimluftas
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Sat 26 Apr 14

OnePostThenTheOther says...

GB does not have the attributes to get this club promoted. Not this season, next season or the one after.

Bournemouth (H): Poor performance after one of my worst experiences as a Rovers supporter. Negative formation - poor subs/tactical changes - 3 points dropped.

Brighton (H): poor subs/tactical changes - 2 points dropped.

Wednedesday (A): poor subs/tactical changes - 2 points dropped.

Yeovil (H): poor subs/tactical changes - 2 points dropped.

Just a selection of results that have seen an opportunity to put a claim on a play-off place go begging yet we are still be fed the hollow rhetoric that this is sn exciting end to the season.

Thanks for the stability and improvement but you are kidding yourself if you think that that stability amounts to anything more than a mediocre club with mediocre expectations overseen by jobbing professionals and absentee owners.

GB has blown a golden chance to meet the owners stated ambition to get the club promoted. Will the owners do anything about it? No, because they haven't got the first clue what to do. Unfortunately, they ridiculuosly and foolishly dispensed with substantial knowledge and replaced it with the PNE-reject Shaw.

Varney? Hasn't done anything to deserve a contract. Couldn't care less about his "problems" at some other club.
GB does not have the attributes to get this club promoted. Not this season, next season or the one after. Bournemouth (H): Poor performance after one of my worst experiences as a Rovers supporter. Negative formation - poor subs/tactical changes - 3 points dropped. Brighton (H): poor subs/tactical changes - 2 points dropped. Wednedesday (A): poor subs/tactical changes - 2 points dropped. Yeovil (H): poor subs/tactical changes - 2 points dropped. Just a selection of results that have seen an opportunity to put a claim on a play-off place go begging yet we are still be fed the hollow rhetoric that this is sn exciting end to the season. Thanks for the stability and improvement but you are kidding yourself if you think that that stability amounts to anything more than a mediocre club with mediocre expectations overseen by jobbing professionals and absentee owners. GB has blown a golden chance to meet the owners stated ambition to get the club promoted. Will the owners do anything about it? No, because they haven't got the first clue what to do. Unfortunately, they ridiculuosly and foolishly dispensed with substantial knowledge and replaced it with the PNE-reject Shaw. Varney? Hasn't done anything to deserve a contract. Couldn't care less about his "problems" at some other club. OnePostThenTheOther
  • Score: 2

2:54pm Sat 26 Apr 14

handyamBRFC says...

GB has done well this year
well done GB
we have become a stable enough team
to be able to build on next year...!!

I personally think that GB is a good coach
especially for young lads coming through
thats his strength
working with young lads coming through.

Although
it would be in the interests of stability to keep GB at the helm
however,
I believe that we need a ''Manager''
to take us to the next stage.
and not just a coach..!

I doubt if Venkeys would go for change
and will probably keep GB in post
as it costs money to chop and change.

I think in order to attract better players
to take us to the next level
and beyond
we need someone with better connections

I actually think David moyes
will be perfect
hes local
knows all about stability, albeit at Everton
has managed in the lower divisions
and at the top
where we need to be heading

Yes I would go for him...!!

what do you think...!!!
GB has done well this year well done GB we have become a stable enough team to be able to build on next year...!! I personally think that GB is a good coach especially for young lads coming through thats his strength working with young lads coming through. Although it would be in the interests of stability to keep GB at the helm however, I believe that we need a ''Manager'' to take us to the next stage. and not just a coach..! I doubt if Venkeys would go for change and will probably keep GB in post as it costs money to chop and change. I think in order to attract better players to take us to the next level and beyond we need someone with better connections I actually think David moyes will be perfect hes local knows all about stability, albeit at Everton has managed in the lower divisions and at the top where we need to be heading Yes I would go for him...!! what do you think...!!! handyamBRFC
  • Score: -2

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