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    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Tatts wrote:
    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Tatts wrote:
    Steven Seagull wrote:
    wolsty wrote:
    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Poor old Gary Bowyer, he's got no idea how tough life is going to get when after ten games his team are well adrift of the top 6. It's going to be Steve Kean all over again as the natives get restless.

    Can't wait for my favourite comedy series to continue in August.
    And me Match of the Day on BBC @ 10-30ish will be great watching Burnley being beaton time after time,can't wait myself,have put a note on the calendar and will see how many posts on here from you??but by then you will have changed your name AGAIN and AGAIN and AGAIN
    Match of the day.

    Do you remember when you used to be on that?
    Yes, in fact I've still got the recording of when we won the Premiership title on it.

    Bought the Premiership title.
    Nonsense. Which of the following Premier League winners didn't spend a lot of money in order to do so.

    Man U?
    Man City?

    And what about the following teams who threw loads of cash at it but never managed it:


    If you can buy the title, as you say, then how come they didn't manage it as they certainly paid enough for it?

    Bitter Dingle - "Boo Hoo, we'll never win a trophy in our lifetimes, so we'll try to look for a reason to try and degrade yours"

    What about the League Cup - did we buy that as well? No doubt you think we did you bitter Dingle!

    In fact you're so bitter about it that you devote your whole life to writing on these pages.
    "Nonsense. Which of the following Premier League winners didn't spend a lot of money in order to do so. Man U? Chelsea? Man City? Arsenal?"

    Man U? - Still a PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB, and have since become CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE twice. Never been relegated from the Premier League. Average attendance 75,207.

    Chelsea? - Still a PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB, 3 times Premier League Champions, have since become CHAMPIONS OF EUROPE. Never been relegated from the Premier League. Average attendance 41,482.

    Man City? - Still a PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB, 2 time Premier League champions. Average attendance 47,080.

    Arsenal? - Still a PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB, 3 times Premier League Champions, In 18 consecutive Premier League seasons have not finished outside of the top 4. Average attendance 59,487.

    Blackburn? Got lucky with outside investment, outspent everyone else for a couple of seasons, bought the title, since relegated TWICE, owned by Indian chicken farmers, now a penniless mid-table Championship club paying the price for years of gross overspending. Average attendance 14,961.

    Can you see the difference between the clubs you highlighted and your own club? These are top flight clubs who generate a massive income through season ticket sales, commercial revenue and the ability to attract the top sponsorship deals due to their success. You on the other hand were simply a blip in the natural order and have since found your level.

    To put it into perspective, in the time since Blackburn Rovers last won any form of honour fair and square (without a massive financial investment) which was the FA Cup way back in 1928, right up until Jackpot Jack bought the league, you won NOTHING. 67 years worth of nothing.

    During the same time period, Burnley won the title, reached 2 FA Cup finals, reached the European Cup Quarter Final and won the Charity Shield twice.

    Can you explain the 67 year absence of silverware, and the coincidence of its return in conjunction with your club being backed to the tune of £100million? The simple facts are your club only managed to scrape itself up into a temporary false position due to a massive cash injection, and it makes you so bitter and angry to see that little old Burnley have joined the elite by spending next to nothing, now that's a real achievement.
    but burnley will NEVER WIN THE premier league
    even with your cash injection of £120 million
    blackburn's title wining team cost £14.7m
    not the £100million that you dingle's keep talking about
    jack waker built a new stadium
    jack waker bulit one of the best football training facilities in east lancashire
    jack waker also brought in one of the best manager in europe
    AND ONE MORE THING i you spend next to nothing you get nothing back"
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Championship is going to get tougher, believes Rovers boss Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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

NO team finished the Championship season in better form than Blackburn Rovers.

A 12-match unbeaten sequence represented their best league run since winning the Premier League in 1994-95 and ensured they came within a whisker of reaching the play-offs.

Although they ultimately fell two points short of a top-six spot, Gary Bowyer was delighted by the refuse to lose mentality his promising side developed in the run in.

It is a mentality the Rovers boss is confident will remain with them throughout the summer and into the start of the 2014-15 campaign.

And Bowyer recognises they are going to need it as he firmly believes the Championship will be tougher, more exciting and more unpredictable than ever next season.

The trio of teams relegated from the Premier League, Norwich City, Fulham and Cardiff City, will drop down with more than £60m of prize money each stuffed into their back pockets while Wolves will be eager to maintain the momentum they have generated by racing to the League One title.

Bowyer also reckons at least four of the sides who finished below Rovers will come back stronger after disappointing campaigns.

“Finishing as well as we did raises expectations and we’ve got to manage them,” he said.

“It’s a tough division. You only have to look at the fact that we finished above Nottingham Forest, Middlesbrough, Watford, who were in the play-off final last year, and Bolton, who have good resources.

“Those four clubs are just going to get stronger and then you’ve got Cardiff, Fulham and Norwich coming down and Wolves coming back up.

“So it just gets tougher. But it’s exciting as well. Anybody can beat anybody in the Championship and next season it’s going to be even more exciting and tougher by the looks of things.”

Rovers proved towards the back end of the season they have the firepower to trouble any defence in the Championship.

The Ewood Park outfit netted 31 goals in their final 12 unbeaten games and finished the campaign having scored 70 times, a figure bettered only by champions Leicester, second-placed Burnley, third-placed Derby and Watford.

The fact that Rovers conceded 62 goals was less impressive.

But earlier in the season they showed they did so they can be sound at the back with their final tally of 15 clean sheets bettered only by six sides.

Bowyer said: “It was pleasing when we had that run of clean sheets and when we were difficult to beat and resilient.

“I enjoyed that mentality that the players showed.

“Then at the back end of the season it was little bit of scoring goals at will at times as we were that creative and that exciting going forward.

“Now we must try to marry the two together a bit more next season.”

Should Rovers be able to do that then a return to the top flight would not be beyond their reach.

They were given a reminder of what they were missing when they took eventual Premier League champions Manchester City to a replay in the FA Cup.

Although Rovers were ultimately well beaten 5-0 at the Etihad Stadium, Bowyer said: “Going to Manchester City in the FA Cup was a special night.

“It was a little reminder of where this club has been and where this club has got to try and get back to.

“People spoke to me about how we didn’t need a replay but in my head I was delighted with one as it gave my players a taste of playing against world class players again in a fantastic venue.

“Our average age this season has been 24 and that’s one of the lowest if not the lowest in the Championship.

“So the Manchester City match was a massive part of their learning development to take them to a replay was fantastic and it made them better players.

“Yes we got beat 5-0 but some of these things you have to go through and use as a motivation.

“And that will be out motivation next season.

“We’re not going to stop at that and we will work even harder to try and get back to the Premier League.”

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