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Mowbray: Town in Good Hands and Impressed By Hurst's "Talented" Targets
Saturday, 4th Aug 2018 20:30

Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray believes his old club are “in good hands” under Paul Hurst and the former Blues skipper, coach and caretaker-manager rates the players who are in the new Town boss’s sights in the final few days of the transfer window.

Mowbray admitted his side felt they should have held on to their lead, Tayo Edun netting a debut injury time equaliser for the Blues as the game ended 2-2.

“The dressing room is very disappointed and frustrated, they’re all discussing what we might have done to prevent that at the end,” the man known as Mogga said.

“I genuinely felt that they were struggling to get near our goal, it wasn’t as if there was a siege, we were seeing it off alright, to be honest.

“If Kasey Palmer had have scored the goal that he should have where it was cleared off the line I’m sure [we would have won].

“But I’ve just been told there were a lot of late goals in the Championship, it’s the league it is. No team gives in, everybody keeps going.

"So, a massive disappointment for us. And yet would we have taken it away from home on a scorching hot day at Portman Road with a new manager, crowd up for the game before kick-off? Probably. And yet we are disappointed.”

He added: “I wasn’t overly sure what Paul would do today because I know he hasn’t got the team he wants at this moment.

“I see some of the names he’s trying to sign and there’s some talented footballers there. Gwion Edwards would show you that today. So if you’re an Ipswich-minded person, you can see Edwards, you can see Ellis Harrison.

“I’ve seen the names, Jon Nolan is an exceptionally good footballer, if he’s coming in, Toto Nsiala’s just a big, athletic centre-half, I’m not telling you anything that you don’t know probably.

“I think the club’s in good hands. Having managed in a league where he managed last year, and with total respect Shrewsbury Town is a very small club even in League One, he performed miracles with that team.

“I feel as if the club’s in pretty good hands, but time will tell as the season unfolds how he deals with this league. I’m not sure he’s managed in it before, but I obviously have an Ipswich mind having been here for nine years and want them to do well.

“After today, as I said to a lot of people I met when I first came in the building, after today I wish you a really good season.

“I think the club has made a good decision with this coach and hopefully we can both have good seasons.”

Is he surprised that many bookies have Town down for relegation? “I would suggest that Paul wouldn’t take one iota of notice of that, he’s got to use that as a motivation to his group.

“I’m just telling you what I felt last year playing Shrewsbury Town, that if they do sign Jon Nolan... and the evidence is there, looking at Edwards today, scored a goal and he was like Billy Whizz on the right wing at times!

“They’ve got some good players. Harrison will score goals. It’s whether he’s effective or not today, he runs, he chases, he’s in the box, he can head a goal, he can shoot off his right foot particularly. He’s a handful for any defender.

“And if he gets the ones I see [he’s after], I’m hearing Kayden Jackson, never stops running, fast as lightning, just keeps chasing the ball, I think they’ll be fine and take no notice of what the bookies might say.”

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TheDailyTractor added 20:36 - Aug 4
Decent of Mowbray. Kind and respectful words. Hope he can keep Blackburn up and sure he will. Was unlucky they got relegated.

Have to admit though if we get some of these targets we will be a completely different team to what we saw today. Nolan and Nsiala in particular will give us something big both on defence and up the top

BLUEBEAT added 20:37 - Aug 4
Nice words from Mowbray.

ITFCsince73 added 20:37 - Aug 4

MooseJuice added 20:37 - Aug 4
Thanks Mogga. All the best for the rest of the season. Love youuuu!

jas0999 added 20:41 - Aug 4
Very interesting. I hope Marcus Evans takes note. Evident to all today how lacking we were in certain areas. Opposing managers can see that too. Equally PH must be backed. Evans must sign the players we have been linked to. Particularly as he’s likely to bank millions this week. Permanent additions very much the key.

deano85 added 20:42 - Aug 4
weirdly i feel more confident about the season ahead...

GavTWTD added 20:47 - Aug 4
Aw thanks Mogga

bluearmy78 added 20:53 - Aug 4
If we get Jackson Accrington need to lower their price, can’t see PH spending 2.5m on him. Nolan will be the signing for me along with Tilt (fingers crossed) COYB!

xrayspecs added 20:55 - Aug 4
Huge respect for Mogga, when he was at Town and how he manages his teams.

Most exciting he said, Kayden Jackson. If we land him, Nolan, Nsiala and Tilt, it will be a really impressive transfer window.

We should also doff a cap to Mick who signed Webster and Waghorn for around a million combined. Looks like it is giving us a £10m war chest.

While we are not good enough to win this league, we should be good enough to compete and entertain. Will settle for that right now.

carsey added 21:42 - Aug 4
What a pity we couldn't be adventurous and attack minded under McCarthy. The man has certainly unearthed some very good players and made a bit of a profit which ironically is going to provide Hurst with the funds to bring in the players he wants.
Today showed glimpses of what the management wants I just think it will take time.

GFH added 21:45 - Aug 4
If Evans backs Hurst and he gets the players he wants the next 9 months promise to be exciting. COYB

LWNR2013 added 21:59 - Aug 4
Sorry X-ray... I don’t usually get drawn in to the personal stuff but why would anyone ‘doff a cap’ to someone telling us to **** off?

OwainG1992 added 22:06 - Aug 4
What a lovely guy Mogga is. I'm glad he is at Blackburn and reckon they'll get a solid top 12/14 this season. So excited for the future right now.

Pencilpete added 22:20 - Aug 4
Total respect for Tony Mowbray who is a Town legend and always will be.

Agree with the comments about Mick McCarthy as well one thing none of us can hold against him was how well he Did with some of his signings ... Mings, Waghorn, Murphy just to name a few he bought for little or nothing and sold for huge profits.

Bigeze added 22:47 - Aug 4
Bumped into Mogga who was at Aurora down the waterfront for dinner with his missus. He genuinely seems he still loves it down here and said he feels we could be a dark horse 👌

itfchorry added 23:08 - Aug 4
Town Legend

Blue56 added 23:33 - Aug 4
Tony Mowbray, breath of fresh air, good to know in the murky world of football managers still some decent honest guys around.

harlingblue added 03:47 - Aug 5
Oh Tony Mowbray, move up, arm up, he's offside. A true gent and always a Town favourite.
He got the applause from Town fans that he deserved.

Swn98 added 08:14 - Aug 5
BLUEBEAT,TheDailyTractor,Blue56 et all
How fickle news site contributors are when opposing managers used to Talk MM up they called it the old pals act now its respectful!!!!!

rock added 10:07 - Aug 5
Why are we still talking about McCarthy?

Swn98 added 14:39 - Aug 5
Rock just reminding folk with short memories.

Pip50 added 18:11 - Aug 5
If he and his colleague are that good why are you not buying them Mooger

Swn98 added 07:44 - Aug 6
See Blue bores finger has alighted on the minus button welcome back old timer.

Razor added 10:34 - Aug 6
Mogga is a gentleman, as simple as that.

Not all rosy in the garden----can not understand why Sears is in favour,really thought he was offski in the summer, and never like one up front anywhere though fully accept injuries,circumstances and possible new players to come in.

Acid test on Saturday---emphatic win expected!!

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