Blackburn Rovers boss excited by the World Cup

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has admitted that he cannot wait for the World Cup to get into gear following the opening game on Thursday. The Rovers boss is currently putting the final touches on the Rovers’ pre-season plans but amidst this, he is also looking forward to the exciting feast of football in Russia.

Speaking to reporters, he said: “Anybody who loves football is looking forward to the World Cup. It’s in Russia and that’s not an easy place to get to but I will be glued to the TV sets. I’m not sure on all the kick-off times but I’m looking forward to it and looking forward to watching it with the kids and filling in the wall charts. We do every four years as a family trying to guess who will come out on top and predicting the scores!”
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Blackburn ready to challenge for Premier League

Blackburn Rovers are ready to get back into the Premier League and former captain Scott Dann says that manager Gary Bowyer is the right man for the job. Blackburn have been in the Championship for the last couple of seasons. They have failed to sustain a challenge for the promotion spots in both attempts. This year will be very crucial for the club given that the parachute payments are set to run out soon. Hence, Bowyer is out to get the club back into the Premier League and they have made a mediocre start to the season. Despite this mediocre start, which sees them mid-table after 11 matches, Dann says that Blackburn will come good eventually.

Last season, the defender left Blackburn in order to join Crystal Palace during the January transfer window. His move may have left the manager with only seven defenders at his disposal, but more importantly, the sale of the captain appears to have affected the side in a defensive sense. Dann, though, says that he found it extremely hard to leave Ewood Park in the first place, but since they looked unlikely to getting promoted to the Premier League, the chance to play in the top league once again proved very elusive.

“With the squad they’ve got now and the type of lads Gary has brought in, and the coaching staff, I definitely think things have taken a turn for the better. And given time, with that squad, I think they’ve got a good chance of getting back into the Premier League. Hopefully that can be this season. I enjoyed my time there, I was captain, so to leave a big club like Blackburn is never easy. I wanted to play in the Premier League and at the time it didn’t seem like we were going to get there last season,” said Dann.

Bowyer under heavy pressure

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer is a man under pressure, as he aims to take this team on a consistent run of form in order to achieve promotion back to the Premier League. Blackburn have been coming over close enough to the play-offs to challenge for a return. This season is extremely important for the former Premier League champions given that the parachute payment is set to run out soon. This would put them at a disadvantage compared to the newly relegated teams. Ahead of the match with Derby on Wednesday night, Bowyer says that the extra rest that his team gets because of the fixture list may prove crucial.

One fiercely contested fixtures during the course of a season, Bowyer says that it is always an advantage to have extra rest ahead of such a match. Derby could only manage 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest in the latest league match on Sunday, but Blackburn had 24 hours extra rest since their game against Wigan was on Saturday. A 3-1 win with the likes of Ben Marshall and Jordan Rhodes on the scoresheet provides a lot of positivity to Bowyer’s team ahead of the encounter. Consistency has been a problem for Blackburn this season, but they go in search of the second consecutive win.

“It definitely makes a difference that you get 24 hours more rest after the two games that the teams played. You watched the Forest game on the Sunday and it was a typical east Midlands derby. It was fierce, had high energy and emotionally as well they are tough games. To have 24 hours of extra rest could prove vital for us. The fact we’ve had 24 hours of extra rest will only come to our advantage if we go out and perform. That’s the main thing – we’ve got to go out and perform and build on Saturday’s performance,” said Bowyer.

BENAGLIO RETIRES

Diego Benaglio, the shot stopper of the Switzerland national football team, has called time on his international career.

The 30-year old Wolfsburg man remained the no. 1 goalie for his national team for a period of over 10 years. He won a total of 61 caps for Switzerland. Benaglio played his last match in Switzerland jersey last month against Argentina in the pre quarter final round of the FIFA World Cup 2014. Continue reading BENAGLIO RETIRES

Spence Under Review By Bowyer

Jordan Spence would be spending a few days training with Blackburn Rovers. The Blue and Whites’ manager, Gary Bowyer, wants to have a look at him. If he gets impressed by the young defender, he would offer him a contract.

Spence had been a West Ham United player for the last 7 years, but, he hardly featured for the Irons in this period of time. He played only 7 league matches for them. He spent a large part of his tenure playing for other clubs on loan.

The Englishman is out of contract at West Ham now which means that he is available for free.

According to the reports, Spence would make an appearance for the Rovers in their friendly match against Bury FC next week. His performance in that match will be under the scrutiny.

Meanwhile, the Rovers are finding themselves in trouble ahead of the pre season. Six-seven players in their camp are ill at the moment. They are believed to have an upset stomach. There is a big possibility that they would be missing the game against Bury.

Gary Bowyer told the reporters yesterday about the chaos created in the Rovers’ camp because of illness.

In the words of Bowyer, “Some of the boys are struggling with a bit of stomach problem. I think six or seven are suffering from it and they are likely to be out on Wednesday. It’s blessing in disguise you can say because you can test your youngsters out in such situations.”

After the Bury game, the Rovers would play one more pre-season game i.e., against Stoke City on Sunday.

In their first championship game of the 2014-15 Season, the Rovers would be facing Cardiff City on their home ground on the 8th of August.

BACKBURN MISS OUT

Blackburn Rovers failed to earn a promotion spot as well as a play-off position in the Championship League but according to the coach of club Gary Bowyer stated that this season should still be viewed as a success and the team should build upon their recent improvements.

Rovers concluded the campaign by securing their 3rd successive triumph against Wigan Athletic as they added 3 more points to their total of 70 points which is considerably more than what they managed to secure during the previous season.

Bowyer said: “The progress we’ve made is down to a lot of people. The backroom staff and the players, they’ve really bought into what we want to try and do and achieve. We all know what this club has been through and we can’t rest, we’ve got a hell of a lot to do’’.

With the Financial Fair Play coming into full effect in January, Gary Bowyer is expected to trim the squad but the English tactician revealed that he is not under any kind of pressure on releasing some of his big and key players.

“I`ve got a trip planned to India but there`s no indication from the owners at all that we`ve got to sell any of our assets. We`ve got to trim the squad, that`s for sure, and there are additions I`d like to bring to the team. We will work very hard to make sure we have a good summer.” Bowyer added on.

There are a number of on loan players which will be returning to their parent clubs but there are others that Bowyer is interested in keeping on an extended period of time.

LOOKING GOOD

After a few weeks where they looked like getting into the play-offs to challenge a return to the Premier league, things are going wrong at Ewood Park after Blackburn lost yet another match in the league. Their latest 1-0 defeat against Bournemouth means that the club has managed just one win in the last five matches. This poor run of form has pushed them level on points behind Reading, who occupy the final play-off place with only a few months left on the campaign. Despite this poor result, manager Gary Bowyer has stated that he will not press the panic button just yet.

Blackburn are in the second season in the second division of English football after being relegated due to poor management recently. They are looking to get back into the Premier league, as they believe that a club of their size should be playing in the top division. The season started well for the club, but the last few weeks have been very disappointing. Apart from the 1-0 win over Reading, they have had a few things to celebrate in the last five matches. The fans had to witness yet another poor showing from the players after they lost 1-0 to a team just a few places below them in the table.

“We’ve got 12 games left to play in now and until it’s mathematically impossible, you keep striving to get as high as you can and hopefully into the play-offs. It’s important now that we regroup, we stay calm and we stick together. We’ve worked hard to get stability into this club. These last three games – we’ve got to make sure we stop that, obviously – but there’s no need to panic or anything daft like that. We haven’t made their goalkeeper work enough,” said the Blackburn manager.

BLACKBURN NET WIN

Blackburn Rovers most recent Championship match saw them defeating Reading with a lonely goal from Craig Conway at the 36th minute. Reading enjoyed having the better half of possession throughout the entire match but it was not enough for them to score a single goal against the side of Gary Bowyer.

Reading launched a total of 18 shots against the goalkeeper of Blackburn Rovers, Paul Robinson but none of them actually caused much danger to the veteran shot-stopper. Rovers on the other hand fired fewer shots but they still managed on scoring the goal that gave them all 3 points and the crucial victory.

It was an important triumph for Gary Bowyer’s side as his team continues surfing the middle section of the standings.

Bowyer expressed his satisfaction as he saw his team overcome Reading at the Madejski Stadium.

Bowyer said: “It’s a great win as it’s a difficult place to come and they are a very good team who will be in the shake up for the play-offs, if not automatic promotion’’.

“They’ve scored seven and five here recently but the lads took that challenge on, scored a great goal on the counter-attack and their goalie has made a couple of good saves in the first half’’.

“We were pleased with how we went about it and we kicked on in the second half to keep that clean sheet. We had to match everything they threw at us and I thought the lads showed great character and spirit.”

The manager of Reading, Nigel Adkins admitted that Rovers displayed great spirit and that they indeed deserved to win but he also had a few things to say concerning a penalty set-piece which was not awarded to his team.

Adkins said: “It was a clear penalty but give Blackburn credit they had something to hold on to, which they did. They showed great spirit so I’m not going to take anything away from them.”

RHODES MIGHT GO

The manager of Blackburn Rovers, Gary Bowyer, has made it clear that if somebody comes to him with a high bid for the young English striker Jordan Rhodes, he might let him go.

Rhodes who is in his early twenties at the moment is being considered as an exceptional young talent. There have been speculations that he would be bought by a Premier League side pretty soon and the statement made by Bowyer suggests that these speculations might turn out to be true.

Rhodes had come through the ranks at Barnsley and then, he made a move at Ipswich Town. But, the club where he developed the most as an attacking player was Huddersfield Town. He made close to 150 appearances there and found the net regularly.

Rhodes’ Blackburn career started in August 2012. The Riversiders bought him after paying 8 million Pounds as transfer fee. He started delivering right from the word go at Ewood Park. In his debut season, he played 48 matches and struck 27 times.

The 23 years old striker has continued on his merry way this season too and has already scored quite a few goals. According to the reports, he is wanted by some top clubs.

When asked about Rhodes being linked with other clubs, Bowyer said, “Look, we are not in a mood to put him on sale. His value for us is significant, but, if we are offered an unbelievable amount to let him go, we would have to think about it quite seriously.”

Blackburn has suffered huge defeats in the last couple of games. First, they got thumped by Manchester City in the 3rd round of the FA Cup on Wednesday and then, Nottingham Forest handed them a 1-4 humiliation in a Championship game during the weekend.

RHODES MISSED OUT

The top goal-scorer of Blackburn Rovers Jordan Rhodes had to be taken out of the Scotland squad’s against USA and Norway on international friendly matches after sustaining an injury during the training session of his national squad.

It was initially suspected that he would be missing out from a number of matches with his club Blackburn Rovers but after completing scans it was later revealed that no extensive damage was made and was fit to play in the upcoming matches of his club.

“I thought at the time that I’d cracked a bone,” Blackburn’s record signing told BBC Radio Lancashire.

“Luckily enough, the things afterwards have proved otherwise and hopefully I’m on the mend now.” Injuries are part and parcel of football and life. It’s not the first and it won’t be the last. You just continue to do the best you can’’.

“I’ll try and live my life the best I can from now until I get fit, and I’ll try and get myself out on the field as soon as possible.”

The head coach of Blackburn Rovers Gary Bowyer also spoke about their current financial situation that will force him to offload player if they want to bring fresh talent from the next transfer window.

He admitted the playing squad must be trimmed in January if Blackburn are to bring down debts and avoid financial penalties but promised Jordan Rhodes, who already has 10 goals to his name, would not be sold.

Following a number of expensive but unsuccessful signings and despite having a mid-table position Bowyer admitted that the squad has to be trimmed down in January in order to cope with all the debts and financial penalties that have been given to them.