Fan favourite, David Dunn's future is now no longer uncertain, as talks over a new contract with his hometown club resulted in a one-year contract extension. Grant Hanley and Lee Williamson have also gained contract extensions.
With this season being the second for Rovers in the Football League Championship, and a reported £2 million a month being lost through player wages, the club have been trying to move on higher earning players whose salaries don't match their number of appearances in an attempt to lighten the wage-bill in preparation for the Fair-Play rules which are to be introduced in the 14-15 season. With players such as Dickson Etuhu and Leon Best reported to be on as much as £35,000 a week, the club may cut their losses.
On 24 May 2013, Rovers owners Venkys rewarded Gary Bowyer's performance as 'Caretaker manager', and an impressive record with a 12-month contract as the club's manager.
Bowyer wasted no time in adding to his team making a triple Free transfer signing of midfielder Chris Taylor (Millwall), midfielder Alan Judge (Notts County) and goalkeeper Simon Eastwood (Portsmouth), all of whom are joining the club after their contracts ran out with their clubs. He further indictated that funds had been made available to him by the club's owners, and he would be making changes both incoming and outgoing before the start of the new season.
On 4 June 2013, it was announced that the club had decided to release Micah Evans, Osayamen Osawe, Chris Dilo, Jamie Maclaren, Reece Hands, Peter Wylie, Ryan Humphreys and Danny Laverty at the ends of their contracts (30 June 2013).
The club had also confirmed that young players John O’Sullivan, Raheem Hanley, Hugo Fernandez, Will Beesley, Curtis Haley, Kellen Daly and Darragh Lenihan had all been offered new deals. All were due to be out of contract on 30 June 2013. Young goalkeeper Matthew Urwin and 1st team defender Grant Hanley have also signed new contracts at the club.
On 7 June 2013 Operations Director Paul Agnew was fired by the club owners Venkys.
On 10 June 2013, Blackburn Rovers installed Terry McPhillips as assistant manager and Tony Grant as first-team coach, while Carlisle United youth team coach Eric Kinder re-joins Rovers as head of the youth team.
On 21 June 2013, Blackburn Rovers welcome back former player Craig Short who joins Gary Bowyer's backroom staff as first team coach.
On 3 July, Blackburn Rovers announce new shirt sponsor as RFS (Regulatory Finance Solutions Ltd), a management consultancy business.
Blackburn's game against Derby County was a fixture released early to mark the special 125th anniversary of the Football League. Gary Bowyer's first game as manager would ironically be against a club he coached at previously before joining Rovers in 2005.
Source: BBC Sport
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