Blackburn Rover agree new deal with manager Tony Mowbray

Manager Tony Mowbray has put pen to paper on a fresh two year deal with Blackburn Rovers, who will be plying their trade in the League One for the first time in 37 years.


The 53-year-old initially succeeded Owen Coyle in February where he joined on an 18-month contract.

The Rovers manage to show decent form under Mowbray with five wins and seven draws in 15 outings, but this was not sufficient to keep them in the Championship as their fellow rivals Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City kept their nerve in the final stages of the season.

Mowbray held crunch discussions with the Venky’s in Pune last month, and he has now agreed upon a new contract which could be further extended by 12 months. Speaking after his renewal, the former West Brom boss insisted that the promotion to the second tier remains his first agenda.

He told the club’s official website: “The job is to bounce back straight away. I needed some reassurances that we wouldn’t be selling all of our players and that we had some budget to try to strengthen the team if we could, having lost 12 players through either loans going back or people out of contract.” Continue reading Blackburn Rover agree new deal with manager Tony Mowbray

BLACKBURN ROVERS RELEASE EIGHT PLAYERS

Blackburn Rovers have release eight players from the team, according to the updated retained list of players on the club’s official website.


Upon the relegation to the League One, this was expected. The skipper of the side Jason Lowe is the obvious missing name on the retained list.

The 25-year old joined the club academy far back in 2003. The versatile player who plays at the right back and central midfield leaves Ewood Park with his 200 senior appearances.

Other first team regular that were cut off from the Lancashire based side are Hope Akpan, Wes Brown, Gordon Greer and Danny Guthrie. Others whose contracts expired but would not be renewed are Joshua Askew, Adam Henley, and Ramirez Howarth. The club preferred to keep youngster Connor Mahoney and defender Lewis Travis with the hope that they would help them in the League One. Continue reading BLACKBURN ROVERS RELEASE EIGHT PLAYERS

MOWBRAY REMAINS HOPEFUL

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray is keeping his hopes up despite the recent poor performances of the team.


There are five league games left in the English Championship and with Rovers being four points from safety, the future seems clear enough.

The defeat to Burnley at home stole the team‘s confidence and left the fans distraught. It is the third successive loss for the struggling side. Brighton & Hove Albion defeated them by a lone goal while Reading thrashed them 3-1. The 2-0 home loss to Barnsley leaves them in real threat of moving to the third tier of the English Football League.

Since Mowbray took over, the team has won just 11 points out of 30. He was charged with reviving the team but he has supervised losses and draws since March 4.

“We know we have to get results in the next two games against teams that are struggling a little bit. It won’t be through the lack of trying,” the manager who was appointed on February 22 said. Continue reading MOWBRAY REMAINS HOPEFUL

COYLE – AMBROSE DESPERATE TO JOIN ROVERS

Owen Coyle has revealed that Nigerian Efe Ambrose is desperate to join Blackburn Rovers but that a work permit issue has stopped him from doing so.


Ambrose has been in training with his prospective club after he agreed to join on the winter deadline day. He agreed to move on a loan deal but it still awaiting a decision on his work permit application.

The 28-year old defender wants to move away from Celtic Park but the permit is not close to arriving, according to comments from Coyle. Coyle added that when the permit goes through and he impresses at Lancashire, a permanent move in the summer is a possibility.

“The group really like him, he doesn’t hold anything back in terms of the way he trains, and he shows that he wants to be part of it. The lad is desperate to be at Blackburn Rovers and kick start his career.

“We are really awaiting the final word from the FA, ultimately it will be their decision, but hopefully we get good news,” Coyle said. Continue reading COYLE – AMBROSE DESPERATE TO JOIN ROVERS

Owen Coyle Wants New Players in Order to Help Fight off Relegation

Blackburn manager Owen Coyle is under no illusion that the club is under desperate need of new faces in the squad in order to improve results.


The club are in the relegation zone even after bringing in the former Burnley boss in the summer. Even though the club has brought in names like Danny Graham and Anthony Stokes this season, they are yet to spend any money on transfers. Lack of interest from owners, Venky’s Group, has led to the manager biding his time with free transfers and loan deal. However, it has not helped the club in any regard.

A 1-1 draw with Birmingham City meant that the club stayed in the relegation zone. After going winless since November, Blackburn finally managed to get some positivity under the build after a 1-0 surprise win over highflying Newcastle United at home. Yet, they have not been able to build on this success after a loss against Ipswich Town and this latest draw against Birmingham. Continue reading Owen Coyle Wants New Players in Order to Help Fight off Relegation

Owen Coyle puts the blame on himself instead of his players

Blackburn Rovers are currently pitted in the bottom spots of the English League Championship which is significantly worse than how they had finished in the previous 2015-2016 season where they secured the 15th position; there is plenty of time for the team of Owen Coyle to start collecting points at a regular basis and initiate their process of climbing spots in the 2nd tier of the English League.


The head coach of Blackburn Rovers, Owen Coyle has recently talked about the current situation of his team and stated that this negative start of the season that has seen them losing more games than actually winning is due to his self and not because of his actual squad. Continue reading Owen Coyle puts the blame on himself instead of his players

WES BROWN BACK TO BLACKBURN ROVERS

Former Three Lions defender Wes Brown is set to join Blackburn Rovers, according to reports.


The Englishman’s talks with the club were confirmed by Coach Owen Coyle. Coyle told BBC Radio: “As soon as I get the green light from the owners that I can get that over the mine, I’ll pursue it vigorously. The proposal has been sent, it’s just to come back with a yes or no. We kick on from there.”

Wes Brown, 36, started his career at Manchester united. He started with the youth setup before breaking into the senior team in the 1996/97 season. He moved away to Sunderland in 2011 but remains unattached this season after his exit from the Premier League. Rovers have been linked with a transfer, and Coyle admitted that it is now up to the management to allow the deal. Continue reading WES BROWN BACK TO BLACKBURN ROVERS

Owen Coyle Says Blackburn Deserved to Win against Burton Albion

Owen Coyle says that Blackburn deserved more than just a point from the game against Burton Albion.


The two teams were involved in a 2-2 draw which did not improve the fortunes of the home team. After three successive defeats at the start of the campaign, Blackburn are under serious pressure to get a quick win under their belts. They came closest to do so after getting a 2-1 advantage with 30 minutes left of the game against Burton Albion. However, three points were not to come after the away team secured a late equaliser with two minutes left.

This was an extremely disappointing result for Blackburn and Coyle felt that his team decided to take all three points. This game was the few positives for the team that has suffered from numerous injuries. Even though they allowed the away team to have slightly more possession, Blackburn created more opportunities. The club were coming into the game after having lost the opening games against Norwich, Wigan, and Cardiff. Continue reading Owen Coyle Says Blackburn Deserved to Win against Burton Albion

NEWCASTLE UNITED GET GRANT HANLEY FROM ROVERS

English Championship side Newcastle United have confirmed the signature of the former skipper of Blackburn Rovers ahead of the new season.


United signed the defender Hanley for a five year deal for an undisclosed transfer fee. Hanley had been with Rovers since he was 16 years but decided it was time to move elsewhere. The player now aged 24 made his debut for Blackburn Rovers when he was 18 and has gone to score nine goals in 201 games.

On the international scene, he has 23 caps to his belt since getting his debut against Wales back in 2011. On the deal, coach Rafa Benitez said: “I am very pleased to bring rant Hanley to our project to add his hard work and potential to our squad. “Grant is a young player with a lot of ambition to improve and keep growing with us.”
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In Demand

If you have been hearing about Blackburn Rovers it is mainly in the context of the players who are considered assets for the team. At a time when the new season has begun and players are being shuffled, loaned and bid for by the different teams, Blackburn Rovers have talented players like Grant Hanley who is being looked at for signs by Newcastle United.

It is said that Rovers has been contacted by Newcastle and they have expressed their wish to add Hanley to their team. This is being proposed so that the new team could be formed by this month and the ranks can be built up for the new season’s performances.

Grant Hanley has been in the news as the center back player of considerable skills. With Newcastle United is looking to pick him up, there is much being discussed about him and how he would contribute to the new team. The player is a Sot International player, but he would definitely help to strengthen the defense of the team. With Fabricio having exited from the team, there is a position that needs to be filled.

While there are players from the lower ranks who can act as a substitute, getting fresh blood infused in the ranks would help to build the competition within the ranks and better the performance of the team in general. Newcastle launched a query for the player who is 24 years of age. The player is from Dumfries and is 6ft 3 in. The club feels that the player is open to the idea of moving to St James Park to stay. If the deal is pulled off the club would have another leader in their ranks as Hanley has been a skipper with Blackburn and has much experience in his games.