Blackburn Rovers boss keeping close eye on World Cup

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer

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

BUSY Gary Bowyer will be glued to the box for the next month in a bid to make Blackburn Rovers stronger.

The Rovers boss is working overtime to bolster his squad but any spare moment he gets will be spent watching the World Cup.

Bowyer admits he is unlikely to unearth any rough diamonds in Brazil that he will be able to sign.

But he firmly believes the tournament will offer a great opportunity to pick up ideas he can put into practice when his players return to pre-season training on July 2.

Bowyer said: “I am always striving to improve as a coach and the World Cup will give me a chance to do that.

“There will be different trends and different tactics and it’s up to me to learn from them.

“Even something like a set-play routine – I’ll be watching the games in the hope of adding something to us next season that will make us stronger.”

Bowyer, along with the rest of the nation, will tune into BBC One at 11pm tonight for England’s World Cup opener against Italy.

The clash is set to provide a huge physical and mental test to the Three Lions as it is being staged in the middle of the Amazon rainforest.

But the Ewood boss is confident England’s players will be ready for the intense heat and humidity they will encounter in Manaus – thanks to a key member of his coaching team.

Bowyer’s head of sports science at Rovers, Chris Neville, is on the England backroom staff in Brazil.

And the Rovers chief has no doubt that Neville will have Roy Hodgson’s boys in the best possible shape.

“Chris is very, very knowledgeable and very, very professional,” said Bowyer.

“He will have left no stone unturned in terms of preparations so I’m sure there will be no problems in that sense. From the discussions I’ve had with him it’s clear he’s very excited – and we’re excited for him and delighted he’s going to be part of it.”

Bowyer spent more than 10 years working with young players before he moved into senior management with Rovers.

And he reckons England boss Hodgson – one of his predecessors in the Ewood Park hotseat – will have no hesitation in throwing starlets like Raheem Sterling into his starting line-up in Brazil.

“I think the young players in the squad are ready to start,” said Bowyer, who is hoping Phil Jones, the Manchester United defender he brought through the ranks at Rovers, will get the chance to be involved for the Three Lions.

“I think that’s brilliant and it’s great to see how much talent we have in this country.”

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11:20am Sat 14 Jun 14

unclejacklegend says...

Hopefully he'll learn not to substitute both of our centre forwards when we're winning the game. Cost us dearly last season.
Hopefully he'll learn not to substitute both of our centre forwards when we're winning the game. Cost us dearly last season. unclejacklegend
  • Score: 13

1:25pm Sat 14 Jun 14

cboyer says...

this is why he will do well and keep getting better as manager because he is always wanting to learn, works hard and has the right attitude next year is our season and i hope burnley stay in the premier league with us joining them so we can get back to beating them COYB
this is why he will do well and keep getting better as manager because he is always wanting to learn, works hard and has the right attitude next year is our season and i hope burnley stay in the premier league with us joining them so we can get back to beating them COYB cboyer
  • Score: 15

5:15pm Sat 14 Jun 14

owd nick says...

Has his eye on the World Cup, nowt wrong with that, shows ambition, who cares about the Championship or even the PL, lets get after the really big one!

:-)
Has his eye on the World Cup, nowt wrong with that, shows ambition, who cares about the Championship or even the PL, lets get after the really big one! :-) owd nick
  • Score: 4

10:39pm Sat 14 Jun 14

digitusjonfred says...

Just might pick up a decent full back.
Just might pick up a decent full back. digitusjonfred
  • Score: -2

1:42am Sun 15 Jun 14

Super Claret says...

STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x
STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x Super Claret
  • Score: -11

7:46am Sun 15 Jun 14

Harwoodstblue says...

If the above post of absurd nonsense doesn't tell us all that the lunatic is nothing but a wind up merchant nothing will.

Personally I wouldn't ×××× on him if he was on fire, let alone reply to him.
Notice the time he was on here.
If the above post of absurd nonsense doesn't tell us all that the lunatic is nothing but a wind up merchant nothing will. Personally I wouldn't ×××× on him if he was on fire, let alone reply to him. Notice the time he was on here. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 3

10:10am Sun 15 Jun 14

wolsty says...

Super Claret wrote:
STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x
NH 5
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x[/p][/quote]NH 5 wolsty
  • Score: 2

3:33pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Rob_H2O says...

digitusjonfred wrote:
Just might pick up a decent full back.
That's disgusting! And he doesn't look the type.
[quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: Just might pick up a decent full back.[/p][/quote]That's disgusting! And he doesn't look the type. Rob_H2O
  • Score: -1

6:47pm Sun 15 Jun 14

Mr Ted Maul says...

Super Claret wrote:
STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x
Posting on here at 1:42 on a Sunday morning. Deary me.

You really are the worst dingle ever.
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x[/p][/quote]Posting on here at 1:42 on a Sunday morning. Deary me. You really are the worst dingle ever. Mr Ted Maul
  • Score: 6

7:06pm Sun 15 Jun 14

peely says...

Rob_H2O wrote:
digitusjonfred wrote:
Just might pick up a decent full back.
That's disgusting! And he doesn't look the type.
like it - funny !
[quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: Just might pick up a decent full back.[/p][/quote]That's disgusting! And he doesn't look the type.[/p][/quote]like it - funny ! peely
  • Score: 1

8:50pm Sun 15 Jun 14

keanoutofrovers says...

Super Claret wrote:
STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x
immature

— adj
1. not fully grown or developed
2. deficient in maturity; lacking wisdom, insight, emotional stability, etc
[quote][p][bold]Super Claret[/bold] wrote: STAYING DOWN FOREVER... LOVE CLARETS.x[/p][/quote]immature — adj 1. not fully grown or developed 2. deficient in maturity; lacking wisdom, insight, emotional stability, etc keanoutofrovers
  • Score: 5

9:48pm Sun 15 Jun 14

owd nick says...

Rob_H2O wrote:
digitusjonfred wrote:
Just might pick up a decent full back.
That's disgusting! And he doesn't look the type.
LOL LOL LOL.
[quote][p][bold]Rob_H2O[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]digitusjonfred[/bold] wrote: Just might pick up a decent full back.[/p][/quote]That's disgusting! And he doesn't look the type.[/p][/quote]LOL LOL LOL. owd nick
  • Score: 0

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