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Rovers to Find out Their Fate!

With the dust barely settling at the end of another Premiership season (already, where's the time gone!) Blackburn Rovers have decisions to make on the futures of several senior squad members.

These issues involve players currently with the club, and whether or not they come for good, stay for longer or move on altogether.

Before the Reading game on Sunday Mark Hughes told the official Blackburn Rovers website:

"We have a few issues to resolve, but they will wait until after the final game against Reading on Sunday.

I do not anticipate a busy summer in terms of transfers although, as ever, we will be keen to strengthen should the right players become available - that situation never changes to be truthful
."

What is to be resolved then?

* Shabani Nonda's loan move is looking as though it will be made permanent one in a £2 million deal with Roma.
* Tugay is expected to sign a new one-year deal.
* Michael Gray and Francis Jeffers, who have been out on loan see their Rovers careers hanging in the balance, although I wouldn't expect to see either in a Rovers shirt next season.
* Former captain Andy Todd is HIGHLY unlikely to be with Rovers next season, he has been linked with moves for the best part of a year as he has struggled to hold down a first team place.

What do we make of these issues then? Comments as always below…


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Writer:Walker
Date:Monday May 14 2007
Time: 12:04AM

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Nonda will sign, and although I must admit I am still not quite sure what to think he will (hopefully) have a better season next season and is a player that won't rock the boat too much if he isn't a starter week in week out. Tugay will sign his deal (thank god!) but Mickey Gray, Franny Jeffers and Andy Todd will all be given free transfers I think.
Hughes Da Man
14/05/2007 00:06:00
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Yep fair cop, I see Tugay here for another year which I am glad of as he has been brilliant in some games even if the manager thinks he can only last 60-75 minutes. i wish he was able to play more but at his age i hope i can run for half that long (as I cant now:)). not sure if Nonda will give us that much more than he has although Sparky seems to think he will and OK i will deffer to his better judgement. The others mentioned as possible exits I agree with and hopefully there will at least be some change from their sale to fund a replacement right back as I see this as our only VITAL necessity. i say vital as Emerton is OK but not up to the rest of the defence, defensively that is, his runs are usually pretty good (pity about the crosses though.) Maybe the 2 million proposed for Nonda could be used to help strengthen that area. Although again Sparky probably knows more about what he has and hasnt got to spend.
AustRover
14/05/2007 05:46:00
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PS. I actually dont mind if we dont get too much coin for Todd, i just hope he gets to go on to another club where he can have regular football as befits a former captain. i shouldnt think Mr Hughes will stand in his way if the right club comes knocking.
AustRover
14/05/2007 05:49:00
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For the sort of money mentioned then it's probably worth keeping Nonda - he has taken more time to get used to the Prem than Benni but he is certainly better than Pongolle was... You mention who might be out the door, but who do we see coming in? I can't see anyone losing they place, except the weakest member of the team Mokoena... When Stevie Reid and Robbie Savage are both fit then he'll drop back.
Ex Ewood Resident
14/05/2007 08:37:00
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Todd is off to where we send a lot of our cast-off's Birmingham City
Ex Ewood Resident
14/05/2007 08:38:00
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AustRover - Tugay isn't going to play every minute of every game is he, but as he won't have to play every game I still feel that the games in which he does start he could very well finish them as he does look after himself VERY well doesn't he. The right-back area is certainly an area we need to look at but in Emerton and Andre Ooijer (who I still think will probably take this position next season) not forgetting Zurab and some younger members Sparky may decide not to invest in this area?!?! £2 million does seem a lot for Nonda based on what we've seen but is nothing really, only seems a lot compared with other bargains Sparky has picked up. Don't forget, "in Sparky we trust!" :)
Hughes Da Man
14/05/2007 09:29:00
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Ex Ewood Resident - As I say in my previous comments would tend to agree with you on Nonda to be honest. As much as I appreciate what Todd has done for this club (he's raised out profile as a dirty team no end :) LOL, no only joking he did a VERY good job for a time) I think his time has well and truly come to an end at Ewood Park and I'm not too sure he is Premiership standard anymore. We also pick up some cast off's from Birmingham too though don't we :) I haven't given much thought to who might come in, I'll save this for the forum discussions I think but don't entirely agree with the Mokoena "weakest member" thoughts mate. He's come in and done a VERY, VERY good job for me and we've not missed Sav too much, apart from the early games. Reidy will get back in, meaning someone will dip out and Sav will get his place back but he'll have to be on his toes, as if he isn't the Axe will be waiting, and be waiting without to many worries from me as he's done a grand job.
Hughes Da Man
14/05/2007 09:35:00
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I feel Todd may be Wigan bound and Mickey Gray will make his Leeds stay a more permanent one. Tugay has earnt his contract extension and will hopefully sign it. Great game yesterday, Reading are a very good side but a draw was fair.
MikeyGamst
14/05/2007 09:54:00
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I wont be sad to see Gray go and prob Jeffers as well, I dont think he'll cut it in the Premiership, hes been given enough chances with others clubs as well. Kinda sad to see Todd go, I know a lot of folk dont like him and he's not the best centreback in the world but I like his attitude, sometimes takes it way too far but he was nothing but committed, I like that, although with wot we have at the back he isnt going to play again so its best for him to leave. I hope Nonda dosnt sign, I may be proven wrong next season but i think with the extra money from the Tv deal we can strenghten with better
Clint
14/05/2007 10:36:00
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Toddy would run through a brick wall if it benefited us (or whatever club he is with at the time) wouldn't he so his commitment can NEVER be doubted. I don't like his attitude when he isn't playing, obviously ALL players want to be involved but he doesn't always give the impression that he is happy to be part of this team when not playing, but a lot of this may be coming from his agent Peter Harrison, the same agent that Lucas Neill has!
Hughes Da Man
14/05/2007 10:46:00
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