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    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Rovers.1875 wrote:
    bluenwhite wrote:
    Super_Clarets wrote:
    Rovers.1875 wrote:
    I can't see Rhodes going this summer, Everton and any other top flight team might try to stir things up a bit, but when we look at things realistically, we don't need to sell him and no premier team is going to come in and pay full whack when they can buy elsewhere like Burnley for cheaper. Gestede has only just come on to the books, as with other of our highly promising players for the next season, so we can be quite happy in the knowledge that we are going to pretty much keep the team we ended last season well with!

    Quality was brought in by GB and consistency came at the end of the season, the consistency should carry on into next season, so I have bet £50 on rovers to top the league! Bet 365 are offering 6/1 on promotion and 20/1 to win outright... Nice £1000 back and premiership footy 2015/16!!! :)
    "...but when we look at things realistically, we don't need to sell him"

    On what planet do Blackburn Rovers not need to sell? You have to recoup about £25million this season to fall in line with FFP, of course your most saleable asset will go, to think otherwise is just plain delusional.

    I think its safe to say you've just lost £50.
    lol thick as a plank
    Yep! He asks on what planet do we not need to sell Rhodes, then claims we have to recoup £25m to 'fall in line' with the love of his life (FFP)... But yet fails to understand that FFP just stops us making transfers in January, that is ALL it does! Haha! Everyone at Rovers are shaking in our boots at the thought!! We will NEVER be able to fall in line with FFP this season, selling Rhodes or not, so selling him would be an idiotic thing to do if we can't replace him. He also fails to recognise the fact that if someone does buy him this summer, with what is left on his contract we will be getting full whack for him, then GB just picks up another promising player to fill his boots, just like he has in other areas on the pitch, only for cheaper... Which if anything, will reduce the FFP problem that Rovers really are not taking as seriously **** this little cretin.

    Dingles, read and weep, we don't care about FFP this season, it won't really do anything to us (apart from no January transfers, WOW)... Next season we should be falling in line with it with the way GB has set up the team/wages etc... So go find something else to tug over you fools!
    "...FFP just stops us making transfers in January, that is ALL it does"

    "Dingles, read and weep, we don't care about FFP this season, it won't really do anything to us"

    Oh dear. You really are in for a shock.

    The transfer embargo is neither here nor there, it is simply a sanction put in place to ensure that action is taken. In your particular case the necessary action is to REDUCE YOUR LOSSES in line with the rules, not simply serve the transfer ban and then carry on as before!

    Until your losses are REDUCED to within the allowable limits the transfer ban will remain in place. Your losses for the last accounting period were £36.5million with a 136.1% wages to turnover ratio, a completely unsustainable and precarious position to be in. It's not a case of selling Rhodes if you feel like it, you HAVE TO SELL him to reduce the wage bill. The transfer fee received will go straight in Venky's pocket to balance the additional £8million deficit from the reduction in parachute payments for 2014/15.

    The level of intellect from the no-dads these days is simply embarrassing.

    Your club is now being FORCED to comply as you have broken the rules that other clubs have adjusted for over the last 2 seasons.

    The savings you will have to make could be upwards of £25million given your horrific wage bill. This is not a quick fix, and regardless of all the PR talk about new contracts and signing players you will not be able to spend on transfer fee's or contract renewals without paying the price.

    You will realise this soon enough.

    Staying down forever


    Rhodes being sold every other week

    Your such a boring boring Bar Steward, change the record NH."
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Rovers goal-getters can shine, says Mick Rathbone

Jordan Rhodes

Jordan Rhodes

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

HOT-shots Jordan Rhodes and Rudy Gestede will fire Blackburn Rovers into the top six next season.

That is the verdict of former Rovers defender Mick Rathbone after he saw the strike duo lay waste to Championship defences at the back end of the campaign.

Top scorer Rhodes and the rapidly improving Gestede net 39 goals between them in 2013-14 with 17 of those strikes coming in Gary Bowyer’s side’s final unbeaten 12 games of the season.

That run of six wins and six draws was not enough for Rovers to gatecrash the play-offs.

But Rathbone, who watched a number of the games as part of his role as mentor to Manchester United’s U21s stars, has no doubt they will improve on that position in 2014-15 thanks mainly to their prolific front pairing and the management of boss Bowyer.

“With Gestede and Rhodes Rovers have really got a cutting edge now,” said Rathbone, a former physiotherapist at Preston North End and Everton.

“And I think the difference between the teams at the top of the Championship and the bottom of the Championship is the ability to put the ball into the back of the net.

“Rovers have that so I think they will do well next season.

“Gary Bowyer did a great job this season. He faced the firestorm and steadied the ship.

“It’s nice to see someone with common sense and it seems things are sorting themselves off the pitch as well.

“I think Rovers will be one of the six best teams next season.”

The reason for Rathbone’s reappearance at Rovers’ matches was Michael Keane.

Keane scored three goals in 13 appearances during a highly successful two-month loan spell at Ewood Park.

And it was Rathbone’s job during that time to keep tabs on the England U21s international, who he hailed as a ‘brilliant signing’, as well as the other United starlets out on loan in clubs at home and abroad.

With Keane returning to Old Trafford it is unlikely Birmingham-born Rathbone will get to see as much as Rovers next season.

But they will never be far from his thoughts as he has made Blackburn his home after a well-loved eight year spell in the blue and white halved shirt from 1979 to 1987.

“I first came to Rovers on loan but once I signed permanently and started going out with a Blackburn girl, who was a Blackburn fan and whose dad played for Blackburn in the 60s, and once I got the DNA in me, that was it,” said the former no-nonsense full back, who scored two goals in 306 appearances for Rovers.

“This is my town now – I sound like a mafia don! I am a Blackburner.

“My kids were born here, my son played for the Blackburn town team – this is us.

“I changed my passport recently and it said child of Birmingham but it really should have said Blackburn.”

And Rathbone, who was the physio for the England U17s side which won the UEFA European U17s Championship in Malta last week, ensures there is a bit of East Lancashire on United’s Carrington training pitches.

“One of the young lads at Manchester United, a very good young player called Liam Grimshaw, is a massive, massive Burnley fan.

“Sometimes I join in training and I’ll say to Liam, ‘this is it lad, Blackburn versus Burnley’.

“And he’ll say ‘come on’ even though he’s young enough to be my grandson!

“Every time we have banter when it’s an East Lancs derby. He personifies everything about it – it’s his life, it’s his everything, as it is to us over here.”

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