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Steve Waggott Q&A: Part Three

Rovers' CEO discusses in detail his recent trip to India to meet the club's Owners

27 May 2018

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We caught up with Rovers’ CEO Steve Waggott following his recent visit to India to meet with the club's Owners.

Here, the Chief Executive talks about the importance of this summer’s transfer window, getting our business done quickly and the benefits of building a tight-knit squad, that can be competitive in the Championship.

Scroll down to read the third and final part of the Q&A...

In terms of this transfer window, how important is it for the football club, in order to be competitive next season, and will there be the backing from the Owners available?

“Every transfer window is important. I think it takes four or five windows for a manager to build the squad he really wants.

“But on the back of the success from the League One campaign, obviously it’s key to keep the momentum going.

“As Bill Shankly said ‘you always buy when you’re on top’ because you attract more players, so we have a lot of targets on the go at the moment.

“Tony met agents and players when he came back from India and I have been in discussions with agents. We’re looking at players who are out of contract at the club.

“We’re just trying to build and keep re-building the squad. So it’s a key window and we know that this league is going to be a step up in terms of competition. Half the league are virtually a Premier League Two, with the parachute payments they’ve got, so we have to bear that in mind.

“So we need to be smart and we’ve got to be quick in getting our targets and we’re ready to go now.

“We’ve identified some and are in discussions. Tony is going to have a short break with his family, which is well deserved, but he will still be on the phone every day because he lives, breathes and talks football constantly, so there’s no rest from it.

“We will keep cracking on and try to move things forward as quickly as possible.”

How much would it help from a playing point of view to have that business done early?

“It’s always great, so that when the players returns on June 24th, the squad is virtually complete.

“They can gel when they go off to Austria for their pre-season tour and then we have a whole range of good pre-season friendlies, with a couple yet to be announced here at Ewood Park.

“So it’s important that you get them in early so they can integrate into the team and the success of last season was built on this great cohesion amongst the squad.

“I’m sure Tony will be looking at the DNA of all the players that he wants to bring in to make sure that they integrate quite quickly into the ethos and culture he has delivered in the last 15 months he has been with the club.”


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