Paul Wheelock column: Rovers side needs only minor surgery

This Is Lancashire: Gary Bowyer has done well in the transfer market Gary Bowyer has done well in the transfer market

IF the Rovers squad was in need of major surgery this time last year it is testament to Gary Bowyer’s astuteness in the transfer market that 12 months on it requires very little in the way of additions.

A right back is certainly needed, as is another centre back, while extra pace in attack would not go amiss.

You are talking three, possibly four, new signings.

It is a remarkable turnaround.

But not that you will get Bowyer patting himself on the back.

Firstly, it’s not in his nature to, and secondly and most importantly, through no fault of his own, he still has plenty of work to do to rid Rovers of the players who they can easily afford to lose and who they can ill-afford to keep.

Were Leon Best, Dickson Etuhu, DJ Campbell, Bradley Orr and David Goodwillie to depart tomorrow they would not be missed.

Not on a playing front, as they have they played no part in the progress Bowyer’s side have made this season, and certainly not on a financial front, as their permanent exits would go a long way to easing the club’s still not inconsiderable wage bill, saving Rovers more than £100,000 per week.

But as we have seen this season it is not easy to move players on who have the security of long-term and big-money contracts.

Striker Best is the best example of that.

He was eventually shipped out on loan to Sheffield Wednesday in February.

But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages.

So no wonder Bowyer, who has inherited this financial mismanagement, believes it will not be until another two summer transfer windows that Rovers will have a squad, in his own words, that is ‘back to where it should be’.

By that time the likes of Campbell, Orr and Goodwillie, whose deals run until 2015, and Best and Etuhu, whose deals run until 2016, will be out of contract and free to leave.

But with Financial Fair Play looming large Rovers must do all they can to get shut before then.

That is the unenviable challenge facing Bowyer.

It is to his enormous credit, then, that he has started the process of cutting costs where possible while constructing a team, on a budget reduced from his predessecors, which finished just two points outside of the play-off places this season.

And it is a team, with a little tinkering, that has the potential to push for promotion next season.

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10:05am Fri 9 May 14

Crow27 says...

2 ways - Free transfers or mutual termination of contracts. This will cost initially lots of money but if the Venkys can put there hand in their pocket it will benefit our club hugely in the short and long term. It will then free up the wage bill which means Bowyer may be able to attract better players which hopefully can lead us back to where our club belongs!
2 ways - Free transfers or mutual termination of contracts. This will cost initially lots of money but if the Venkys can put there hand in their pocket it will benefit our club hugely in the short and long term. It will then free up the wage bill which means Bowyer may be able to attract better players which hopefully can lead us back to where our club belongs! Crow27
  • Score: 17

10:31am Fri 9 May 14

Super_Clarets says...

"But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages"

You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.
"But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages" You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits. Super_Clarets
  • Score: -15

10:36am Fri 9 May 14

realisticrover says...

Please will some of those less aware fans that forever want a new set of players and a new manager actually READ the article above and accept that we dont have the money anymore and that Bowyer is doing a great job at rebuilding the squad AND managing the finances?
Thanks
Please will some of those less aware fans that forever want a new set of players and a new manager actually READ the article above and accept that we dont have the money anymore and that Bowyer is doing a great job at rebuilding the squad AND managing the finances? Thanks realisticrover
  • Score: 22

10:54am Fri 9 May 14

digitusjonfred says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
"But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages"

You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.
Feck off idiot
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: "But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages" You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.[/p][/quote]Feck off idiot digitusjonfred
  • Score: 5

11:18am Fri 9 May 14

Harwoodstblue says...

realisticrover wrote:
Please will some of those less aware fans that forever want a new set of players and a new manager actually READ the article above and accept that we dont have the money anymore and that Bowyer is doing a great job at rebuilding the squad AND managing the finances?
Thanks
There's only one comment from a Rovers fan above yours but I can't see any negativity in it ????????????
[quote][p][bold]realisticrover[/bold] wrote: Please will some of those less aware fans that forever want a new set of players and a new manager actually READ the article above and accept that we dont have the money anymore and that Bowyer is doing a great job at rebuilding the squad AND managing the finances? Thanks[/p][/quote]There's only one comment from a Rovers fan above yours but I can't see any negativity in it ???????????? Harwoodstblue
  • Score: -4

11:26am Fri 9 May 14

Champagne plus charlie says...

Astute signings?

Did he not bring in 19 (NINETEEN) players? It is this scattergun approach to transfers that is eventually going to cripple Rovers.

For every Cairney there has been several Varneys, Dabo's, Feeney's, DJ Campbell's etc etc - all **** money away that Blackburn can ill afford.
Astute signings? Did he not bring in 19 (NINETEEN) players? It is this scattergun approach to transfers that is eventually going to cripple Rovers. For every Cairney there has been several Varneys, Dabo's, Feeney's, DJ Campbell's etc etc - all **** money away that Blackburn can ill afford. Champagne plus charlie
  • Score: -6

11:35am Fri 9 May 14

DaveBurnley says...

Rovers have bottomed out and are on their back up. See you in the Premier League soon.
Rovers have bottomed out and are on their back up. See you in the Premier League soon. DaveBurnley
  • Score: 9

12:03pm Fri 9 May 14

Rovers.1875 says...

Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Astute signings?

Did he not bring in 19 (NINETEEN) players? It is this scattergun approach to transfers that is eventually going to cripple Rovers.

For every Cairney there has been several Varneys, Dabo's, Feeney's, DJ Campbell's etc etc - all **** money away that Blackburn can ill afford.
Come on pal, please get your facts right on an argument... Varney, he's on loan... Dabo, he's on loan.... Feeney, guess what, on loan too... DJ? Bowyer didn't even sign him, he already had the contract offered to him and GB had no option but to take him on board.

Not every manager gets every signing spot on, as a matter of fact they quite regularly pick players and then find that they don't play well with the side and end up getting no games
[quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Astute signings? Did he not bring in 19 (NINETEEN) players? It is this scattergun approach to transfers that is eventually going to cripple Rovers. For every Cairney there has been several Varneys, Dabo's, Feeney's, DJ Campbell's etc etc - all **** money away that Blackburn can ill afford.[/p][/quote]Come on pal, please get your facts right on an argument... Varney, he's on loan... Dabo, he's on loan.... Feeney, guess what, on loan too... DJ? Bowyer didn't even sign him, he already had the contract offered to him and GB had no option but to take him on board. Not every manager gets every signing spot on, as a matter of fact they quite regularly pick players and then find that they don't play well with the side and end up getting no games Rovers.1875
  • Score: 8

12:15pm Fri 9 May 14

wolsty says...

digitusjonfred wrote:
Super_Clarets wrote:
"But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages"

You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.
Feck off idiot
KW
[quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: "But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages" You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.[/p][/quote]Feck off idiot[/p][/quote]KW wolsty
  • Score: -4

12:22pm Fri 9 May 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Rovers.1875 wrote:
Champagne plus charlie wrote:
Astute signings?

Did he not bring in 19 (NINETEEN) players? It is this scattergun approach to transfers that is eventually going to cripple Rovers.

For every Cairney there has been several Varneys, Dabo's, Feeney's, DJ Campbell's etc etc - all **** money away that Blackburn can ill afford.
Come on pal, please get your facts right on an argument... Varney, he's on loan... Dabo, he's on loan.... Feeney, guess what, on loan too... DJ? Bowyer didn't even sign him, he already had the contract offered to him and GB had no option but to take him on board.

Not every manager gets every signing spot on, as a matter of fact they quite regularly pick players and then find that they don't play well with the side and end up getting no games
Don' try to educate him. Facts and common sense aren't something that he has any concept of. If he says they are bad 'signings' and Bowyer signed them, he must have done because he's always right.
Like he's always been right about Rhodes going in every transfer window. He's still here.
Financial melt down, we're still here.
Relegation through the leagues and into oblivion. We're on our way back.
FFP is going to cripple us......We'll see.
[quote][p][bold]Rovers.1875[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Champagne plus charlie[/bold] wrote: Astute signings? Did he not bring in 19 (NINETEEN) players? It is this scattergun approach to transfers that is eventually going to cripple Rovers. For every Cairney there has been several Varneys, Dabo's, Feeney's, DJ Campbell's etc etc - all **** money away that Blackburn can ill afford.[/p][/quote]Come on pal, please get your facts right on an argument... Varney, he's on loan... Dabo, he's on loan.... Feeney, guess what, on loan too... DJ? Bowyer didn't even sign him, he already had the contract offered to him and GB had no option but to take him on board. Not every manager gets every signing spot on, as a matter of fact they quite regularly pick players and then find that they don't play well with the side and end up getting no games[/p][/quote]Don' try to educate him. Facts and common sense aren't something that he has any concept of. If he says they are bad 'signings' and Bowyer signed them, he must have done because he's always right. Like he's always been right about Rhodes going in every transfer window. He's still here. Financial melt down, we're still here. Relegation through the leagues and into oblivion. We're on our way back. FFP is going to cripple us......We'll see. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 4

7:24pm Fri 9 May 14

Heidenreicher says...

Super_Clarets wrote:
"But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages"

You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.
One of these days you might make a comment that isn't so ret*rded. I
[quote][p][bold]Super_Clarets[/bold] wrote: "But the deal would never have happened had Rovers not allowed their Championship rivals to pay around a sixth of Best’s weekly wages" You couldn't make this nonsense up, a worse run club in any league I am yet to see. Financial Armageddon awaits.[/p][/quote]One of these days you might make a comment that isn't so ret*rded. I Heidenreicher
  • Score: 7

8:18pm Fri 9 May 14

Incest Each Sunday says...

I don't think it'll be as hard to shift most of the 'deadwood' as Wheelock seems to think. Yes, we heavily subsidised Best's wages when he went to Wednesday, but that was largely due to the fact that they were taking a gamble on a player who'd hardly kicked a ball in the previous six months. His performances at Wednesday showed them, and any other potential suitors, that he still had a lot to offer, and I fully expect someone to come in for him in the summer.

Goodwillie should also be easy to get rid of as there were quite a few clubs - mainly north of the border - who showed interested in January. As for Campbell, if he's found guilty of spot-fixing then his contract should be cancelled. If he's innocent then we could probably pack him off to his mate Holloway on a free transfer, with Orr sent back to Toronto on the same premise.

Etuhu is the only one we can't shift as he's too injured to sell. We wouldn't even be able to give him away for free. Any suggestions?
I don't think it'll be as hard to shift most of the 'deadwood' as Wheelock seems to think. Yes, we heavily subsidised Best's wages when he went to Wednesday, but that was largely due to the fact that they were taking a gamble on a player who'd hardly kicked a ball in the previous six months. His performances at Wednesday showed them, and any other potential suitors, that he still had a lot to offer, and I fully expect someone to come in for him in the summer. Goodwillie should also be easy to get rid of as there were quite a few clubs - mainly north of the border - who showed interested in January. As for Campbell, if he's found guilty of spot-fixing then his contract should be cancelled. If he's innocent then we could probably pack him off to his mate Holloway on a free transfer, with Orr sent back to Toronto on the same premise. Etuhu is the only one we can't shift as he's too injured to sell. We wouldn't even be able to give him away for free. Any suggestions? Incest Each Sunday
  • Score: 4

8:40pm Fri 9 May 14

dangerous dave says...

Wheelock i think your in need of some major surgery with thoughts like this
Out with the cowboys and indians
Wheelock i think your in need of some major surgery with thoughts like this Out with the cowboys and indians dangerous dave
  • Score: -5

11:06pm Fri 9 May 14

digitusjonfred says...

WTF...KW
WTF...KW digitusjonfred
  • Score: -1

6:32pm Sun 11 May 14

Properfan23 says...

I can't take it no longer will someone please learn these idiots summat about gramma? You've only one language to master yet still you don't know the difference between your and you're. Get the .. Off this site until you do you're making yourselves look stupid.
I can't take it no longer will someone please learn these idiots summat about gramma? You've only one language to master yet still you don't know the difference between your and you're. Get the .. Off this site until you do you're making yourselves look stupid. Properfan23
  • Score: 2

7:40am Mon 12 May 14

garyintandem says...

There not stupid their just unedjucated. Your rong to to call them on they're grammer but at least theyve got an opinion. SC and DD, see if you can correct the above. The winner gets to stay on the site!
There not stupid their just unedjucated. Your rong to to call them on they're grammer but at least theyve got an opinion. SC and DD, see if you can correct the above. The winner gets to stay on the site! garyintandem
  • Score: 0

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