Rhodes going nowhere - Bowyer

Last Updated: Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:38

Manager Gary Bowyer has been reassured Blackburn's prized-asset Jordan Rhodes is going nowhere after a meeting with the club's owners in India.

The revelation that Rovers are over B£50million in debt and struggling to meet the forthcoming Financial Fair Play regulations has led to suggestions that club-record signing Rhodes, who has netted 37 times in 58 league games, could be jettisoned to raise funds.

Those rumours circulated in the summer when Sky Bet Championship rivals Wigan were understood to be interested and, after selling James McCarthy in the transfer window's closing throes, Owen Coyle's large transfer kitty could test Rovers' resolve in January.

However, after travelling to see the Venky's in Pune along with managing director Derek Shaw, Bowyer insists everyone is on the same page when it comes to keeping the Scotland international at Ewood Park.

"With the international break it was an ideal opportunity to go out and see the owners," Bowyer told the club's official website.

"The talks were very constructive, it was a worthwhile trip. We all agreed that Jordan Rhodes isn't for sale, we talked about reducing the wage bill and discussed the important January transfer window coming up."

The Venky's have experienced an often-strained relationship with Blackburn's supporters but Bowyer, a former youth-team coach, is a popular figure on the terraces and he has urged patience as he tries to steady the ship following a tumultuous previous campaign.

He added: "We've said all along that it is very much a work in progress. It will take time, this is a young, enthusiastic group and they are starting to gel.

"We feel that we should have a few more points on the board; our performances have certainly merited that, none more-so than against Brighton last time out where we created more than enough chances to win the game.

"Our support has been fantastic and I want to thank the fans for the support I've received. They can see what we are attempting to build here - a hungry young team that everyone can be proud of.

"I urge them to continue to focus their energies on cheering on the team home and away in their growing numbers as we approach a hectic and important festive period."

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