Doncaster Rovers: Blackburn boss Bowyer hits out at Ryan

Gary Bowyer. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Gary Bowyer. Picture Bruce Rollinson

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Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has hit back at Doncaster Rovers’ co-chairman John Ryan following comments regarding Chris Brown’s wages.

Doncaster-born Brown was unveiled at Blackburn on Monday, having activated a relegation cause in his Rovers contract to exit the Keepmoat Stadium and join the Championship side.

John Ryan. Photo: Andrew Roe.

John Ryan. Photo: Andrew Roe.

And Ryan, who recently became co-owner of Rovers with popstar Louis Tomlinson, said that Doncaster could not compete with Blackburn’s £10,000 a week wages for Brown.

However, Blackburn boss Bowyer has responded once more to comments made from Ryan who less than a year ago claimed that defender Tommy Spurr was offered a £2m deal with the Lancashire side.

On Brown, Bowyer said:“Contrary to reports, he is not on the wages that their chairman has stated.

“We are disappointed that for the second summer running he has made comments regarding player’s wages that are both unwelcome and inaccurate.”

Rovers’ 2013-14 Player of the Year Brown admitted that the lure of joining Blackburn was too good to turn down, particularly with the offer of Championship football.

He said: “I certainly believe I can compete at this level.

“On a personal note, last season was probably the best I’ve had as a pro and I want to build on that. I’m 29 and I think this is the perfect move for me at this stage of my career.

Rovers have also seen wingers Mark Duffy and David Cotterill leave on free deals and join Birmingham City following Doncaster’s relegation into League One.