Mogga: No Contact From Town
Thursday, 2nd Aug 2018 09:29
Blackburn boss and former Blues skipper and coach Tony Mowbray says Town never contacted him during their search for a new manager at the end of last season. Mowbray’s Rovers are at Portman Road on Saturday for this campaign’s opening Championship match having been promoted from League One in May.
The 54-year-old was believed to be among those owner Marcus Evans was considering as Mick McCarthy's successor having tried to appoint the former Celtic, West Brom and Middlesbrough boss in the past.
Some reports at the time even claimed the man known as Mogga had been approached by Evans but had said he wasn’t interested.
“There was never any contact,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph setting the record straight.
“I know Marcus Evans reasonably well and have had a few interviews with him over the years at various times in between jobs.
“At those times it was never right for various reasons. This summer there was never a question asked of me.
“As people who would have seen those things in my family they would have asked me those questions and in my opinion Blackburn Rovers is a much better bet than Ipswich Town for the potential of where it could go at the moment.
“That’s not being negative to Ipswich Town, that’s me having a confidence having met the owners that we can get this ball rolling and who knows where it will stop.
“I like the club, I like the people, I’ve tried to connect with not just the players but the supporters and the owners and it’s important you enjoy coming to work.
“My family are settled, I can manage the commute [from his home on Teesside] and there’s no need for me think about changing the life I’ve got.
“This is the journey we’re on, the team we’re focusing with and looking forward to the challenge of it.”
Saturday's game will see Mowbray again lock horns with new Blues boss Paul Hurst, whose Shrewsbury side finished the last season third in League One, nine points and one place behind Blackburn.
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