Tony Mowbray reflects on Blackburn Rovers’ ‘rewarding’ fate

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Tony Mowbray will look back on a “rewarding” five-year spell at Rovers where he hopes to have had a lasting impact on the club.

Mowbray’s arrival immediately lifted the mood around Brockhall Senior Training Center after instilling his personality at the club after taking charge in February 2017.

His contract runs until June 30 but today’s trip to Birmingham City will be his final manager, with Rovers due to issue a statement in the coming days on the manager’s stance, having so far made no comment, despite his upcoming departure.

The curtain will fall on his time at the club at the final whistle today, completing a sixth full season in charge of Mowbray who is the longest-serving manager in the Championship, seventh in the 92 Premier League and EFL clubs, as well as the Rovers. second oldest post-war manager.

He appreciates the support he received, as well as the efforts of the staff with whom he worked closely, particularly at the Center for Executive Training.

Reflecting on his time in charge, Mowbray said in his final pre-match press conference: “For five years I really enjoyed it.

“If this is an opportunity to thank the amazing supporters and staff, mainly those who work here at STC with me, but the wider staff who work at Ewood and the Academy. It’s been quite an experience.

“It’s great to be able to bring my values ​​to the club for five years, most managers don’t spend a lot of time at a club.

“I had an incredible experience of being able to create an environment where people like to come to work every day, I hope the players feel that they are there to improve every day.

“It’s been very rewarding and I thank everyone for participating in what is sometimes quite a brutal life, because the results are there every three days, or every week, so the world can make up their minds. .

“This life is very full of ups and downs and the life of the manager of any football club is one extreme of those ups and downs.

“You have great heights for team wins with everything you have planned and prepared and organized and inspired young men to come out and do it.

“The lows are really low when your team takes a good beating and nothing works out the way you thought and you lose heavily.

“That’s the life of football management.”

After leaving Hibernian to join West Bromwich Albion in 2006 and then Baggies for Celtic in 2009, it was only in his third managerial role with the Glasgow club that Mowbray left a club not of his own free will.

He was without a club for seven months after leaving Celtic before taking the job at boyhood club Middlesbrough in 2010.

After his spell at Boro ended after three years in October 2013, it was not until March 2015 that Mowbray returned to management at Coventry City, which remains his longest spell out of the game.

Mowbray was out of work for five months after making the decision to leave Coventry City before taking over at Rovers in February 2017.

While looking forward to spending time with his family, who have remained in his native Teesside throughout his time at Rovers, the manager knows it won’t be long before thoughts turn to his next job. .

His preference would be management, rather than a position such as director of football, or any other behind-the-scenes position.

He said: “Football seeps into your life, it’s hard to take it away. Even though I’m not into football, I will watch football non-stop.

“I live in Teesside, I’ll probably pester Mr Gibson (Middlesbrough chairman Steve) to make sure I can go and watch their home games as it’s literally three minutes from my front door.

“But I don’t know, I’m not playing the emotional game, but it’s nice to be able to take your kids to school, drop them off, take your wife to lunch and then pick them up. Do normal things that you don’t don’t do when you’re in this job.

“Being able to do normal things is good.

“But give me a few weeks and I’ll want to organize something, plan something, prepare a session.

“I hope to be in football management for a long time because that’s what I do.

“But it gets harder.

“I’m doing it because I like footballers who want to learn and improve and try to have a better life and get into the Premier League. That’s why I’m doing it and I hope there’s will have another opportunity for me to be able to continue to do so.

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