Paul Wheelock column: Stance Blackburn Rovers owners Venky's have taken on Jordan Rhodes is bold one

Anuradha Desai

Anuradha Desai

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WITH Steve Bruce admitting his attempts to sign Jordan Rhodes are ‘dead and buried’ you would hope that brings to an end what, while not quite a saga, has certainly been the only story in town as far as Rovers fans are concerned this past week.

So, with the dust seemingly settled on a tale that twisted this way and that, have Venky’s made the right decision to refuse all offers from Hull for their prized asset, both from a footballing and a financial point of view?

Well one look at the latest annual accounts for the club’s holding company would suggest that they should snapped off Tigers boss Bruce’s hands.

However it is clear that the best way – some say the only way – to improve the financial situation at Ewood is by winning promotion back to the Premier League.

And if you are serious about doing that then why sacrifice the best goalscorer outside of the top flight?

Rhodes has netted 55 goals in the Championship since the start of the 2012-13 season, more than any other player.

And pair him alongside the ever improving Rudy Gestede – who has swiftly dismissed any fears he would be unable to pick up from where he left off – and you are looking at the deadliest frontline in the division.

And as Leicester and Burnley proved with David Nugent and Jamie Vardy and Danny Ings and Sam Vokes respectively last season, prolific strike-partnerships can take you a long way.

Not that Rovers are a two-man team. I said before the start of the season that I would not swap Gary Bowyer’s first-choice starting XI for most in the Championship.

But I also said his squad needed bolstering if Rovers were to stand a stronger chance of following in the footsteps of Leicester and Burnley and winning automatic promotion.

Back then Bowyer had been restricted to a pair of free transfers and a season-long loan. Well, with five days of the transfer window remaining, nothing has changed.

Would it have changed had Venky’s given the go-ahead to cash in on Rhodes? You would hope so given Hull were willing to pay £10m-plus.

With funds at his disposal Bowyer could have set about strengthening the two or three positions he needs to.

And, as Burnley proved when letting Charlie Austin leave on the eve of last season, there can be life after your star striker.

However selling Rhodes would have done much to deflate the genuine air of optimism among the Rovers fan base.

So in this instance – and it’s not often we have been able to say this over the course of their ownership – credit where credit’s due to Venky’s for the stance they are taking.

It is a big call.

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4:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -44

4:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

bridtiger says...

While Rome burns!
While Rome burns! bridtiger
  • Score: -11

4:34pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jack went up says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
So let me get this prediction right in my mind, rovers get hit with a transfer embargo in January and can't buy players, so they then decide the best thing to do is sell off all their players cheaply, weakening the playing squad and giving them no hope of promotion. Thus further compounding the loss of income, well that's another one to add to the list thanks for that nostradamus.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]So let me get this prediction right in my mind, rovers get hit with a transfer embargo in January and can't buy players, so they then decide the best thing to do is sell off all their players cheaply, weakening the playing squad and giving them no hope of promotion. Thus further compounding the loss of income, well that's another one to add to the list thanks for that nostradamus. jack went up
  • Score: 22

4:36pm Thu 28 Aug 14

A Darener says...

I don't mind pessimistic Rovers followers, I'm one myself, but I do object to the constant moaning of TMT the biggest Burnley fan on these pages keep spouting rubbish. I say Burnley fan but he's not even that, he is just a constant irritant to both sets of fans. I find myself reading his drivel even though I try and force myself not to. He is like an itch that you cannot scratch. Trying to ignore him is a waste of time because you are drawn to his inane ramblings.
Please go away and give us a rest.
I don't mind pessimistic Rovers followers, I'm one myself, but I do object to the constant moaning of TMT the biggest Burnley fan on these pages keep spouting rubbish. I say Burnley fan but he's not even that, he is just a constant irritant to both sets of fans. I find myself reading his drivel even though I try and force myself not to. He is like an itch that you cannot scratch. Trying to ignore him is a waste of time because you are drawn to his inane ramblings. Please go away and give us a rest. A Darener
  • Score: 34

4:38pm Thu 28 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.
It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 3

4:39pm Thu 28 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Roll on Monday!
Roll on Monday! A Darener
  • Score: 10

4:45pm Thu 28 Aug 14

noddy57 says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
Talk about prophets of doom. we don,t need fans like you that,s for sure.What we need is positive comments and statements like the one from Blackburn,s owners which clearly states our intentions of getting back to our rightful place while at the same time getting back some real income to convince the owners that their investment was a shrewd business move for all concerned.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]Talk about prophets of doom. we don,t need fans like you that,s for sure.What we need is positive comments and statements like the one from Blackburn,s owners which clearly states our intentions of getting back to our rightful place while at the same time getting back some real income to convince the owners that their investment was a shrewd business move for all concerned. noddy57
  • Score: 10

4:53pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Stone Island: says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
Knob head.
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]Knob head. Stone Island:
  • Score: 16

5:00pm Thu 28 Aug 14

owd nick says...

A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.
As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much.

Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder.

A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy.

Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world.

Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows.

Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one!
[quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.[/p][/quote]As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much. Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder. A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy. Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world. Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows. Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one! owd nick
  • Score: 6

5:23pm Thu 28 Aug 14

A Rover 45 years and over says...

owd nick wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.
As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much.

Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder.

A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy.

Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world.

Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows.

Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one!
You should see plenty of goals with that one with the way Fulham are playing. It's all in a day out and at least you aren't going to Burnley as that would be a bigger brainstorming event. you could also take a radio and listen to Rovers commentary or bits of it at the same time providing you don't wind the home fans up Hope you enjoy your day anyway.
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.[/p][/quote]As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much. Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder. A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy. Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world. Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows. Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one![/p][/quote]You should see plenty of goals with that one with the way Fulham are playing. It's all in a day out and at least you aren't going to Burnley as that would be a bigger brainstorming event. you could also take a radio and listen to Rovers commentary or bits of it at the same time providing you don't wind the home fans up Hope you enjoy your day anyway. A Rover 45 years and over
  • Score: 4

5:50pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Blackburn_End says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
You are getting very boring now.

The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages.

Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon!

Thanks
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]You are getting very boring now. The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages. Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon! Thanks Blackburn_End
  • Score: 12

5:57pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Dave.RTID says...

owd nick wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.
As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much.

Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder.

A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy.

Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world.

Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows.

Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one!
I'm driving down and back from Blackburn pal if you want to hitch a ride
[quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.[/p][/quote]As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much. Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder. A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy. Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world. Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows. Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one![/p][/quote]I'm driving down and back from Blackburn pal if you want to hitch a ride Dave.RTID
  • Score: 5

5:58pm Thu 28 Aug 14

McClaret says...

Asked the question earlier this summer on whether Rovers would take the gamble and this shows that they will put all efforts into trying to gain promotion. If they are willing to back this way then why not get more signings in for an added push?
Asked the question earlier this summer on whether Rovers would take the gamble and this shows that they will put all efforts into trying to gain promotion. If they are willing to back this way then why not get more signings in for an added push? McClaret
  • Score: 4

6:11pm Thu 28 Aug 14

J.C - Rishton says...

Blackburn_End wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
You are getting very boring now.

The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages.

Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon!

Thanks
We paid Murphy, Etuhu, Cambell and Goodwillie to go away - most of these costs haven't even appeared on our accounts yet and we are paying most of Bests wages to help the chances of one of our promotion rivals - which football genius thought that one up??

Whilst I agree that we have brought in some decent players on lesser wages, Killy, Spurr, Evens etc (Chris Brown on £500,000 per year dosent sound that cheap to me).

I also agree that the 1st team is pretty good and stand a reasonable chance of at least the play offs, but make no mistake IF we fail to go up this season the minor changings of personel (eg Killgallon for Dann etc) aint gonna make any difference, we will be up the proverbial creek without paddle and with a bloody big hole in the bottom of the canoe, possibly even sooner if we are placed in a transfer embargo

Still if the lads can win the majority of our next 42 league games then all our problems will disappear - simples!!
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn_End[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]You are getting very boring now. The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages. Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon! Thanks[/p][/quote]We paid Murphy, Etuhu, Cambell and Goodwillie to go away - most of these costs haven't even appeared on our accounts yet and we are paying most of Bests wages to help the chances of one of our promotion rivals - which football genius thought that one up?? Whilst I agree that we have brought in some decent players on lesser wages, Killy, Spurr, Evens etc (Chris Brown on £500,000 per year dosent sound that cheap to me). I also agree that the 1st team is pretty good and stand a reasonable chance of at least the play offs, but make no mistake IF we fail to go up this season the minor changings of personel (eg Killgallon for Dann etc) aint gonna make any difference, we will be up the proverbial creek without paddle and with a bloody big hole in the bottom of the canoe, possibly even sooner if we are placed in a transfer embargo Still if the lads can win the majority of our next 42 league games then all our problems will disappear - simples!! J.C - Rishton
  • Score: 1

6:49pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Pembina says...

bridtiger wrote:
While Rome burns!
Why do you keep posting on these boards - What part of NOT FOR SALE don't you understand
[quote][p][bold]bridtiger[/bold] wrote: While Rome burns![/p][/quote]Why do you keep posting on these boards - What part of NOT FOR SALE don't you understand Pembina
  • Score: 5

6:51pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Belfast Claret says...

Blackburn_End wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
You are getting very boring now.

The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages.

Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon!

Thanks
Did you not read the article last night? Even thought the wage bill has been slashed, because of the downturn in turnover your incoming to outgoing ratio has got worse! 120% infact. But you carry on pal.........
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn_End[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]You are getting very boring now. The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages. Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon! Thanks[/p][/quote]Did you not read the article last night? Even thought the wage bill has been slashed, because of the downturn in turnover your incoming to outgoing ratio has got worse! 120% infact. But you carry on pal......... Belfast Claret
  • Score: -6

6:56pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Harwoodstblue says...

A Darener wrote:
I don't mind pessimistic Rovers followers, I'm one myself, but I do object to the constant moaning of TMT the biggest Burnley fan on these pages keep spouting rubbish. I say Burnley fan but he's not even that, he is just a constant irritant to both sets of fans. I find myself reading his drivel even though I try and force myself not to. He is like an itch that you cannot scratch. Trying to ignore him is a waste of time because you are drawn to his inane ramblings.
Please go away and give us a rest.
Don't even read it Darener, I don't. It's much easier scroling past his log in name(s) to read the genuine posts. I'd be here all day reading all that drivel and have better things to do. Just try it it's easy.
[quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: I don't mind pessimistic Rovers followers, I'm one myself, but I do object to the constant moaning of TMT the biggest Burnley fan on these pages keep spouting rubbish. I say Burnley fan but he's not even that, he is just a constant irritant to both sets of fans. I find myself reading his drivel even though I try and force myself not to. He is like an itch that you cannot scratch. Trying to ignore him is a waste of time because you are drawn to his inane ramblings. Please go away and give us a rest.[/p][/quote]Don't even read it Darener, I don't. It's much easier scroling past his log in name(s) to read the genuine posts. I'd be here all day reading all that drivel and have better things to do. Just try it it's easy. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 5

7:12pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Harwoodstblue says...

Jordan Rhodes will play in the Premier League, that's for sure and he deserves it. Meanwhile he isn't doing himself any harm staying here for another season. If he can continue banging in the goals a bigger, better club than Hull will come sniffing.No point jumping ship yet to sit on some Prem club's bench half the time. At his age he can continue to learn and improve his all round game and I have no doubt that he will before making the step up.
When he does go I will wish him luck for the rest of his career and thank him for his goals.
Jordan Rhodes will play in the Premier League, that's for sure and he deserves it. Meanwhile he isn't doing himself any harm staying here for another season. If he can continue banging in the goals a bigger, better club than Hull will come sniffing.No point jumping ship yet to sit on some Prem club's bench half the time. At his age he can continue to learn and improve his all round game and I have no doubt that he will before making the step up. When he does go I will wish him luck for the rest of his career and thank him for his goals. Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 10

7:13pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Hovis1945 says...

Norwiich have announced Marcus Olssen is not available this week due to family bereavement. Same could apply to Martin!
Norwiich have announced Marcus Olssen is not available this week due to family bereavement. Same could apply to Martin! Hovis1945
  • Score: 0

7:22pm Thu 28 Aug 14

A Darener says...

Hovis1945 wrote:
Norwiich have announced Marcus Olssen is not available this week due to family bereavement. Same could apply to Martin!
Why should Norwich announce Marcus Olssen is not available? He plays for the Rovers.
[quote][p][bold]Hovis1945[/bold] wrote: Norwiich have announced Marcus Olssen is not available this week due to family bereavement. Same could apply to Martin![/p][/quote]Why should Norwich announce Marcus Olssen is not available? He plays for the Rovers. A Darener
  • Score: 8

8:17pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Bazzer says...

Harwoodstblue wrote:
A Darener wrote:
I don't mind pessimistic Rovers followers, I'm one myself, but I do object to the constant moaning of TMT the biggest Burnley fan on these pages keep spouting rubbish. I say Burnley fan but he's not even that, he is just a constant irritant to both sets of fans. I find myself reading his drivel even though I try and force myself not to. He is like an itch that you cannot scratch. Trying to ignore him is a waste of time because you are drawn to his inane ramblings.
Please go away and give us a rest.
Don't even read it Darener, I don't. It's much easier scroling past his log in name(s) to read the genuine posts. I'd be here all day reading all that drivel and have better things to do. Just try it it's easy.
Absolutely the right thing to do. Ignoring the chaff frustrates the fool.
[quote][p][bold]Harwoodstblue[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Darener[/bold] wrote: I don't mind pessimistic Rovers followers, I'm one myself, but I do object to the constant moaning of TMT the biggest Burnley fan on these pages keep spouting rubbish. I say Burnley fan but he's not even that, he is just a constant irritant to both sets of fans. I find myself reading his drivel even though I try and force myself not to. He is like an itch that you cannot scratch. Trying to ignore him is a waste of time because you are drawn to his inane ramblings. Please go away and give us a rest.[/p][/quote]Don't even read it Darener, I don't. It's much easier scroling past his log in name(s) to read the genuine posts. I'd be here all day reading all that drivel and have better things to do. Just try it it's easy.[/p][/quote]Absolutely the right thing to do. Ignoring the chaff frustrates the fool. Bazzer
  • Score: 5

8:18pm Thu 28 Aug 14

TurfMoor Tom says...

Blackburn_End wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
You are getting very boring now.

The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages.

Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon!

Thanks
Wage bill cut from £39.6m to 34.6m.

We're not even scraping the surface.
[quote][p][bold]Blackburn_End[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]You are getting very boring now. The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages. Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon! Thanks[/p][/quote]Wage bill cut from £39.6m to 34.6m. We're not even scraping the surface. TurfMoor Tom
  • Score: -5

8:59pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jack went up says...

TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Blackburn_End wrote:
TurfMoor Tom wrote:
Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence.

God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners.

It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.
You are getting very boring now.

The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages.

Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon!

Thanks
Wage bill cut from £39.6m to 34.6m.

We're not even scraping the surface.
whats a holding company tom
[quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blackburn_End[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TurfMoor Tom[/bold] wrote: Make no mistake this will prove to be a disastrous decision by Venky's and one that could well threaten our very existence. God help us when the transfer embargo comes into force in January, we'll be picked to the bones by clubs who will know we have to drastically cut our obscene wage bill and move on all of our high earners. It's game over for us I'm afraid. Hold on to your dungaree's lads, we're facing one heck of a storm.[/p][/quote]You are getting very boring now. The wage bill has been drastically cut - Olsson, Dann, Murphy, Etuhu, Pedersson, DJ Campbell, Goodwillie, Best etc etc etc have been shipped out and replaced with hungry, decent players such as Spurr, Killgallon, Cairney, Marshall, Baptiste, Evans, Conway and Gestede who will be on modest, sustainable wages. Please return to the Burnley page and comment on stories involving your own relegation bound team. Such as having no points after 3 games come this weekend and being rock bottom of the league, with no signings on the horizon! Thanks[/p][/quote]Wage bill cut from £39.6m to 34.6m. We're not even scraping the surface.[/p][/quote]whats a holding company tom jack went up
  • Score: 3

11:43pm Thu 28 Aug 14

owd nick says...

Dave.RTID wrote:
owd nick wrote:
A Rover 45 years and over wrote:
It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.
As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much.

Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder.

A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy.

Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world.

Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows.

Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one!
I'm driving down and back from Blackburn pal if you want to hitch a ride
Thanks for the offer Dave but I'm stuck now for some weird reason she wants to go to Fulham more than Wolves and I'm going to get the tickets on Saturday, can't afford both.

Besides Craven Cottage is one of the few grounds I have never visited.

Thanks again.
[quote][p][bold]Dave.RTID[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]owd nick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]A Rover 45 years and over[/bold] wrote: It was a big call but not sure it's all over yet with the press milking the situation for every drop with Bruce playing mind games with Rhodes and the LT plastering it all over the back page that Rhodes will be down. All this with a view to encourage Rhodes to in put a transfer request. GB's obvious and unusual silence over this matter will only add fuel to speculation that something may be going on behind the scenes. Hope not.[/p][/quote]As long as GB has had a quiet word with Rhodes and explained how things stand I don't think it matters all that much. Neither needs to be vocal about it as that will show Bruce that he is having an effect and he will push even harder. A bit like the troll on these pages, as soon as you answer it it has a circle jerk with itself and goes into a frenzy. Best ignored, come 11 pm on Monday it all goes away until the next window opens when Mr Potato Head will be back, make no mistake about that, he learned how to unsettle a player, club and fans from the best in the world. Everything really depends on how we are doing when that widow opens, if we are in the top 6 it will be easier to keep him, if not Bruce might be able to prize him away, who knows. Little bit miffed, we wanted to go to Wolves on Saturday but there are no coaches left so I have promised my daughter we will got to Fulham, must have had a brainstorm with that one![/p][/quote]I'm driving down and back from Blackburn pal if you want to hitch a ride[/p][/quote]Thanks for the offer Dave but I'm stuck now for some weird reason she wants to go to Fulham more than Wolves and I'm going to get the tickets on Saturday, can't afford both. Besides Craven Cottage is one of the few grounds I have never visited. Thanks again. owd nick
  • Score: 2

11:32am Fri 29 Aug 14

jack01 says...

Why is it a big call? Venkys spent £8 million on Rhodes and he has been a big success in his two seasons at the club. So much so that the owners decided to reward him with a 2 year extension to his deal.

Venkys statement last week made their position crystal clear. They want to keep a 25 goal a season striker and will fight to do so. Most supporters would be ecstatic with that news, yet a local Rovers reporter can only describe it as 'bold'.

Venkys don't need to sell. Jordan doesn't want to leave. Stop comparing Blackburn to Burnley. Nothing else to discuss here.
Why is it a big call? Venkys spent £8 million on Rhodes and he has been a big success in his two seasons at the club. So much so that the owners decided to reward him with a 2 year extension to his deal. Venkys statement last week made their position crystal clear. They want to keep a 25 goal a season striker and will fight to do so. Most supporters would be ecstatic with that news, yet a local Rovers reporter can only describe it as 'bold'. Venkys don't need to sell. Jordan doesn't want to leave. Stop comparing Blackburn to Burnley. Nothing else to discuss here. jack01
  • Score: 2

11:47am Fri 29 Aug 14

digitusjonfred says...

Go Jordan my boy 2 against Wolves would be brill.. go my rovers boys !!
Go Jordan my boy 2 against Wolves would be brill.. go my rovers boys !! digitusjonfred
  • Score: 2
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