Blackburn Rovers’ hopes of achieving automatic promotion back to the Premier League appears to be fading off after the team suffered a 3-2 defeat against Derby County in the latest Championship round of fixtures. Blackburn came into the match after having taken two wins from the last four matches while they have also suffered two defeats from the other two. Manager Gary Bowyer was looking to improve the inconsistency in terms of results, but there was more of the same after this latest defeat. Ben Marshall helped Blackburn opened the scoring after just a minute on the clock.
Mark Hughes, who played for Blackburn Rovers for a couple of years from 2000 to 2002 and managed them as well for a while, is of the opinion that the Riversiders have every chance of making it to the English top tier in the upcoming season if they don’t have as many injury issues as they had during their campaign in 2013-14.
Hughes’ team Stoke City had travelled to the Ewood Park last weekend to play a pre-season match against the home side.
Both the teams scored a goal each and the match was a draw.
The Blackburn Rovers have released Dickson Etuhu. The Nigerian’s contract was actually a couple of years away from being expired, but, he himself also wanted to leave which paved the way for the termination of the contract.
Etuhu had signed for the Rovers at the start of the 2012-13 Season after leaving Fulham. He had been brought to the Ewood Park with big expectations, but, he couldn’t live up to it. He was hit by quite a few injures during his tenure which limited his no. of appearances to 24 only in two seasons.
Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has claimed that he is committed to remaining at the club going into the new season. This statement comes after reports linking him with the managerial job at Leeds United. After the recent recover from an Italian businessman, Leeds United are widely expected to appoint Bowyer as the new manager. Despite the late recovery in form, Leeds finished well away from the play-off places, which is very important for the club to get into the Premier league.
Blackburn Rovers failed to make the most out of the form that they have had in recent weeks after only managing a draw with Yeovil town. Both teams failed to score throughout the 90 minutes in what was a dull affair. Blackburn came into the match after having been unbeaten in the last nine matches of the championship. This good run of form has helped them get back into contention for a play-off place with only a handful of matches left in the season. Blackburn have been expected to challenge for promotion spot at the start of the season.
Blackburn Rovers finished the past season on the 17th spot and are now seeing their way into the top 12 spots of the Championship and according to the head coach of the club, Gary Bowyer it is a huge improvement which shows that his club and players are improving.
Bowyer said: “You could say we’ve won one in eight but that’s a negative mindset and I can’t deal with people who have got a negative mindset’’.
Former Huddersfield Town striker Jordan Rhodes has become one of the best players in the Championship since his mega money move to Blackburn Rovers. This season, he has been on course to win the Golden Boot award for most of the campaign.
However, the striker has been going through a sticky patch for the last few weeks, as he has not scored in the last eight matches. Despite this, he continues to remain in contention for the Golden Boot due to his 17 goals. Ross McCormack is the current table leader with 23 goals to his name.
Blackburn Rovers has offloaded Josh Morris to Fleetwood Town on a 1 month loan deal.
"I've been on the bench a lot at Blackburn and not played. I'm at a stage of my career where I need to play as many games as I can. It's a great opportunity." Morris told BBC Radio Lancashire.
Morris has already spent 2 seasons out on loan to Yeovil Town and Rotherham United as his parent club Blackburn Rovers wants him to gain experience somewhere outside of the Championship league.
The manager of Blackburn Rovers, Gary Bowyer, has lauded his shot stopper Paul Robinson for his brilliant comeback.
Robinson featured for the Rovers after more than a year in the FA Cup match against Manchester City last Saturday and surprised a few people by putting up a top class performance straightaway.
Normally, when a player comes back to the scene after remaining out for this long, he takes a bit of time to hit top form, but, not Robinson. He was at the top of his game against City and saved at least two certain goals to help his team achieve one point.
Gary Bowyer said that he would have to bring forth some money before he could reinforce his team and bring in new footballers. The Blackburn Rovers manager would have to take out footballers before team owners Venky's allow him sign new footballers.
Derek Shaw, the managing director and Gary Bowyer met the team owners in India and they were told that they have a limited fund for a loan signing. Instead, Blackburn would look to arouse money with sales. They team lost # 36.5 million in the past financial year.