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    Champagne plus charlie wrote:
    inflightmagazine wrote:
    Its really interesting how many clubs are able to release without any effect on first team what so ever. Personally I think this is part of what is damaging englands long term prospects , clubs are registering far too many players that they cannot offer football too. They are then left with the option of loaning them out or they just train and play practice matches. The leagues should put a restriction on player registrations. Chelsea had a huge amount of players out on loan last year, and god knows how many not actually playing. Too many players are disappearing into the football wilderness because they can take contracts on £5K plus a week to just sit on benches.

    Forcing clubs to reduce player registartions would force the big clubs at the top of the premier league to release players who would then end up signing for clubs further down the premier league and beyond. This would raise the standards of the clubs below the top 6 and make the league more competitive. As well as aid player development by getting these lads playing competitive football. I do not hold with the argument that these top 6 clubs offer better coaching development, they have effectively been in charge of Englands young talent for the last 25 years plus and we are further behind a lot of top european countries than we have ever been.

    A frive towards having players play regular competitive football should be on the FAs radar, and B teams is not the answer.
    This is an excellent idea, the only drawback I can see is that it would leave a lot of our footballing talent potentially in the wilderness, ie without a club.

    The problem is with the current grading of the academies, because that means that the young talent will always gravitate towards the Man Utd's, Man City's and Chelsea's of the world because their scouts get carte blanche when it comes to picking up the best talent, only to ditch them a couple of years later.

    Clubs like Burnley, Blackburn and the like would be better places for these youngsters to develop as we can offer them a much more likely chance of first team involvement than the so-called bigger clubs can, and what better for development than an actual chance of appearing in a competitive Championship/PL game?
    I agree initially they would have to find new clubs but the hope would be a cascade down of talent through the leagues. I for one would love to see league 2 full of young hungry talent , learning how to play the game rather than overweight pub players, kicking ten bells out of each other.

    The FA is very weak on this one, they brought in the home grown ruling to try and encourage player development by clubs. However as I read it Homegrown just means they have been affiliated to the FA or welsh FA for a total of 36 months prior to there 21st Birthday. So effectively clubs will ship in a boat load of foreign talent on there 18th Birthday , ship out the local lads,and take a look at the foreign lads for a few years. Hence the large number of foreign players playing in the u21 sides of our top teams. This is another reason I do not agree with B teams all it will do is help develop u21 players from spain, france and Germany.

    They have to find away taking a bit of control on player development and so far its not working."
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Busy summer ahead for Rovers boss as he balances books

Busy summer ahead for Rovers boss as he balances books

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

First published in Sport
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GARY Bowyer says Blackburn Rovers face a ‘big summer’ as they bid to avoid financial fair play sanctions in January – but he expects less transfer activity than a year ago.

The Rovers boss knows he faces a delicate balancing act this summer as he bids to reduce the club’s wage bill again, while bringing in players to improve results.

Rovers have already put six players – Leon Best, DJ Campbell, Dickson Etuhu, David Goodwillie, Alex Marrow and Jordan Slew – on the transfer list and must move on some of their high earners before the Football League’s new financial fair play regulations come into force.

Clubs falling foul of the rules face a transfer embargo from January onwards, and Rovers have been shedding players for some time in preparation for the new regulations.

“It’s going to be a big summer for us because obviously financial fair play comes in,” Bowyer said.

“We’re aware of what we’ve got to do and we’re trying to implement that now.

“We’ve released quite a few players throughout the course of the year, I think it’s been 26 in total.

“We’ve made inroads on that wage bill but we’re not kidding ourselves, we know it’s still got to be addressed.

“But at the same time we’ve got to make sure we’re still competitive, as we were last season.”

Discussions are ongoing between clubs and the Football League over possible changes to the rules, but as things stand Rovers will face a transfer embargo in January if they post a loss of more than £3m for the 2013/14 – with a further £3m loss permitted via shareholder investments.

Rovers have significantly reduced their wage bill by moving on the likes of Danny Murphy, Nuno Gomes, Morten Gamst Pedersen, Gael Givet and Scott Dann in the past 12 months.

But the club announced a pre-tax loss of £36.5m for the financial year ending June 30, 2013. The club’s wage bill stood at £36m at that stage.

Bowyer still wants to add players this summer but does not expect the same number of signings as 12 months ago, when the newly appointed manager was reshaping his squad to fit his own ethos.

“Last season I think we brought 14 in during the summer and I don’t think we’ll be doing that again,” he told Rovers Player.

“But we fell short of the play-offs so we feel we need to add a little bit more.”

Bowyer’s plans for next season are already being formulated and he hopes the positivity of a 12-match unbeaten run at the end of the 2013/14 campaign can be retained.

“I’d like to think there’s a lot more positivity about the place at the moment,” he said.

“We still feel there’s a hell of a lot to do both on and off the pitch.

“We’ve laid the foundations for things to progress and hopefully we can do that this summer and go again.

“Going into the final game the message to the players was just win the game.

“It was important because they’re away on holiday now with that feelgood factor, with that 12-game unbeaten run.

“I’ve had four days away with my wife so the season has started now for me.

“As soon as the season finished you’re straight back at it looking at the start of the next one coming.”

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