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    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Tatts wrote:
    Super_Clarets 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
    It's nice to know you'll be showing an interest in your local Premier League team.

    Will I be staying up to watch you morons get a tubbing off Brentford on the Football League Show? I doubt it.

    More items on the no-dad wish list.... it's growing by the week, just like that sense of panic regarding the new season for Blackburn fans.... what if you get off to a bad start, how long will you give Bowyer? Six games? Ten games? Until January? What about the transfer embargo? How will you be able to bring in a new manager when he can't sign players?

    Oh dear. It's not looking good.
    Very poor response - 12 games unbeaten at the end of a season of great change says that Bowyer is the man!
    12 games unbeaten? And how many of those 12 games were draws? Not so impressive now is it. Burnley WON eight games in a row in Sept/Oct including seven Championship games. We also lost only FIVE games in 46. That's what it takes to achieve automatic promotion. Do you really think Gary "the only manager to lose to Burnley in 34 years" Bowyer can motivate his makeshift team to that level of consistency? Hardly likely is it.

    I know how short tempered you hillmonkey's can get when things don't go your own way, just look at how you treat your owners, throwing snowballs at them and hurling abuse. Disgraceful. This gives me reason to believe that a couple of dodgy results early on and Bowyer will lose the crowd.

    Should you not be in the automatic promotion places from the off I think he'll be on a hiding to nothing and Venky's will be forced to replace him with a more dynamic manager who can get an extra 10% out of your poor squad. But then there is the transfer embargo to contend with.

    You have to admit the pressure will be on him like never before having finished a lowly 8th in the league last time and by his own admission "the Championship is going to get tougher".

    I'll give him ten games but I suspect he'll be in trouble well before then. I predict these pages will be awash once again with "Bowyer out" before November as panic begins to creep in.

    I'll get the first one in early shall I....

    It never ceases to amuse me how obvious your small brained hatred of Rovers achievements still eats at you enough to sit gloating at an eventual victory that came after three years of ravaging from the vultures and parasites.

    It's like revelling in the misfortune of the prom king after he was hit by a bus and you can now beat him up because he's in a wheelchair. Hardly a victory to be proud of but I'd hazard a guess that's exactly the kind of keyboard warrior you are, the kind that comes in last to throw in a boot after someone else has done the beating.

    Burnley 59/60 is right. These foreign parasites have near enough destroyed a proud English club that lived the dream through the eyes of a local wealthy benefactor done good. A victory is a victory but man that must have been a hollow one when you had to wait till the vultures had raped and pillaged before you could get your rocks off.

    But of course after 34 years you'd have taken anything.

    Paint it how you like but the fact that you're still hear when your club has been promoted speaks volumes of the hurt that just won't stop.

    In a similar situation I guarantee we'd be telling you we no longer care about your poxy club as we're now a league above you but the very fact that you and your other cronies/monikers can only go on about the financial windfall when you come crashing down again next season tells its own story that you, like everyone else including the bookies have no faith in your team maintaining what was unarguably one of the best performances in your clubs history.

    Rovers on the other hand even after three years if carnage and FFP looming seem to be going from strength to strength and maybe THAT'S whats keeping you up at nights.

    Roll on next season!"
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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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