With less than a week until the Championship season gets underway, Sports Mole inspects Blackburn Rovers' summer so far and the club's prospects for the upcoming 2013-14 campaign.
Devarn Green (from Burton Albion, Undisclosed), DJ Campbell (from Queens Park Rangers, Free), Simon Eastwood (From Portsmouth, Free), Alan Judge (From Notts County, Free), Matt Kilgallon (From Sunderland, Free), Alex Marrow (From Crystal Palace, Free), Chris Taylor (From Millwall, Free), Todd Kane (From Chelsea, Loan)
Anton Forrester (To Bury, Loan), Martin Olsson (To Norwich, £2.5m), Chris Dilo (To St Mirren, Free
Ashley Eastham (to Rochdale, Free), Adam Evans (To Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Free), David Goodwillie (To Dundee United, Loan), Micah Evans (Released), Reece Hands (Released), Ryan Humphreys (Released), Danny Laverty (Released), Jamie Maclaren (Released), Osayamen Osawe (Released), Peter Wylie (Released)
Last Season: 17th
Manager: Gary Bowyer
Three key players:
First game: Derby (A), Complete fixture list
Sports Mole says: It's been a tumultuous couple of years for Blackburn with the frowned-upon ownership of Venky's and laughable managerial situation. Steve Kean's troubled time at Ewood Park finally came to an end last season and his successors Henning Berg and Michael Appleton lasted just 57 and 67 days respectively. Bowyer's position seems to be less volatile but a slow start to the season could see his demise as well. Signings like that of Campbell, Kilgallon and Judge improve the depth of the 42-year-old's squad, which has not been stolen of much apart from one of the Olsson twins. The 17th-placed finish last time out after relegation from the top flight certainly was not good enough, but things should improve this term. There is still plenty of quality in the Rovers ranks and a top-half finish and push for the playoffs could be on the cards for the 1995 Premier League champions.
Predicted finish: 9th