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To those who are criticising our board.....

To those who are criticising our board.....

With debate hot in our forums on whether our club, in particular the men on the Clubs's board are willing to splash cash out on our squad, it is time to really sit down and look around.

Over the last few years, how much cash have we really spent? 6 mill on bellamy, 3ish on Benni Mac, Robinson, Roque Santa Cruz, a few in the mid 500k range, nothing much else? Another few freebies and additions to our youth acadamy. And what have we lost, Bentley for 17( of which we get about 9), Friedel for 2.5, Bellers for 6 and a few others such as Savage, Kuqi and youth players.

Now with all these ins and outs, how does our squad fare. Top 10 finishes 3 years in a row, including an Unsuccesful European campaign and Domestic Cup Semis.

Now lets look at where the man who took us to new heights over the last 3 years has gone, Man City. This club has spent millions on international superstars, almost pulling of one of the most audacious bids by trying to attract the Ronaldinho to the other half of Manchester. Players go in and out of the club like a revolving door.

Sparky has gone from a situation where the board would provide sufficient whilst not extravagant funds when required, to a club in turmoil. With so much spent in the last few years, Thai owner Shinawatra is having second thoughts in his future at the club, and is deciding to sell some of the clubs prized assets.

Now what club would you prefer to be at, a place where you have decent finances to spend with the support of the board, or a club where not even the manager knows who will be in his squad the next week.

I know where i would rather be...






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Date:Monday August 11 2008
Time: 9:22AM


Thats my two since, now everyone get your two since in and lets move on cause this is carrying on and spilling over everywhere in the forums....
11/08/2008 09:25:00
oops i mean two cents lol
11/08/2008 09:25:00
sasman - i wholeheartedly agree... I think Hughesy will be saying "D'oh" long before Ince... in fact I even saw a poll the other day asking if we would take Sparky back... Answer... No!
11/08/2008 13:48:00
other clubs turmoil means we DONT spend and disgrace ourselves..WIGAN didnt they now play Championship football do we?
11/08/2008 15:57:00
Oz Wigan are still in the premiership. On this article in a way I'm glad to see that Sparky isn't having a great time of it now that he has left Rovers however this is not good for city fans obviously but hey ho I just want us to pull the finger out and start signing some players
durks de rover
11/08/2008 16:39:00
absolutely durks, so what sasman we havent spent so much and proved are self in the league, but that wont last we need to sign players to compete with villa, portsmouth n spurs if we wana stay were we are! things aint always guna be bright at rovers!
11/08/2008 16:59:00
I think the stability at Rovers is often underestimated. We are in a good situation and Dean Saunders said it best ... you don't realise how well Rovers are run until you leave.
11/08/2008 17:05:00
nice article i agree wiv it all
Lets Do The Samba
11/08/2008 19:47:00
Great article sasman - and I agree Mikey, we have a really well run club - compared to others I am very happy. We can't afford the best players or pay the high wages but we get players who want to play and prove themselves. However Kendog is also right Pompey, villa and spurs are all pushing for euro spots now and have invested heavily. If we want that we might have to take on a new owner to give us some money to spend... however how will that change our club? If Spurs spend £30 million will we need to spend £40 million? I don't think that is the real answer. We need a good backroom staff, manager and supporters to direct the club and have belief and confidence.
11/08/2008 22:07:00
WE ARE are very well run club. We are completely self sufficient and not many clubs in that league can say that!! This is why we are able to provide a stable environment for aspiring managers, players and coaches alike......OZ we don't need to spend like the others do, we've crept up the league in recent years without blowing unneccessary millions on sub-standard players.....look at the clubs who have spent big......Newcastle - Owen, Luque, Duff etc, Fulham - Johnson, Kamara etc, Middlesborough - Alves, Villa - Davies, Reo-coker etc......These players have been bought for BIG money and neither they or their clubs have achieved anything, nor are they likely too. Even the likes of Portsmouth, Everton and Spurs look jealously over at Nelson, Samba, Warnock, Pederson, Bentley (b4 the move), Santa Cruz and McArthey!!! We should be proud that our club is so effective in the transfer market..................i'm not sayin i dont get frustrated at times like now with Annan who is different class and we're draggin our heels over 1.5 million but i think we should trust them....keep the faith in our club.....we have proven over the past three years that you don't need to spend big to acheive realistic goals, you just need to get the best out of what uv got n we seem to do that time and time again!!
11/08/2008 23:26:00
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