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Mowbray Set to Leave Blackburn
Thursday, 28th Apr 2022 19:18

Former Blues skipper and coach Tony Mowbray looks set to leave Blackburn Rovers at the end of the season with the Championship side not having spoken to him regarding a new contract with his current terms up this summer.

Mowbray, 58, has been manager at Ewood Park since 2017 and says he’s made a decision on his future without explicitly outlining his plans, while admitting it looks like he’ll be departing. Blackburn are currently eighth in the Championship with two games to play.

“I commit a lot of time to this football club away from my family and my kids and I need to address that pretty soon,” he said at a press conference. “I have decided.

“We have two games to try and win to try to get this club to the Premier League. Let's hope we get to the play-offs and we have another game at home.

"I am a private and proud person, I keep things to myself. My main job is to prepare a team to beat Bournemouth this weekend.”

He added: “The club haven't asked what my plans are. The club have to decide what they want to do, I don't need to instigate anything. I am clear in my mind about what is happening.

“Lots of different things [have led to the decision]. My [work-life] balance, my ambition, feeling like I can keep growing a club, I could list more but it's not the time.”

He continued: “I don't know what goes on in football clubs, men in suits make decisions. I can't give you an answer, you should ask other people.

“I don't go knocking on their doors. I can say that there has been no conversation or approaches and we're a week away from the end of the season.

“What do you want me to think? It looks like I'm leaving because I am out of contract very, very soon and there has been no discussions.”

The former centre-half was a member of the Town team which won promotion to the Premier League in the play-off final at Wembley in 2000 and scored Town’s equaliser against Barnsley in what proved to be the final game of his playing career.

Mowbray took charge of four matches as caretaker-manager of the Blues alongside Bryan Klug following George Burley’s departure in 2002 and was close to being appointed boss by former owner Marcus Evans late in the 2009/2010 season.

The man known as Mogga is assisted at Blackburn by his former Town team-mate Mark Venus.

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Suffolkboy added 19:43 - Apr 28
A knowledgeable man of the greatest integrity who will quietly determine how his life’s pattern is to develop without fuss or furore .
I wish him every good wish going as he charts the months and years ahead.

Karlosfandangal added 20:09 - Apr 28
What a goal in the final

NickITFC added 21:24 - Apr 28
Have always wanted Mogga here is manager properly. Unfortunate timing but wish him the best and still hope one day it might happen!

SuperBlue69 added 21:55 - Apr 28
Sign him up…An honourable man and an ITFC legend⚽️

algarvefan added 22:10 - Apr 28
What an awful way for any employer to behave, shame on you Blackburn Rovers, if I know one thing for sure it's that Tony Mowbray is an absolute gentleman and a good football man. I wish him well no matter what he does, he is a rare thing these days, a man of honour and integrity. Blackburn does not deserve him.

VanDusen added 22:35 - Apr 28
As I understand it from a Blackburn mate he's totally lost the vocal fans. Sounds rather reminiscent of a certain minority here a few years ago which has ultimately led to us going from safely mid:table flirting with the playoffs and above Norwich to the sorry state we are now. But hey - they'll all mark me down for saying that as obviously 4 seasons in the 3rd tier is part of some grand plan...

not_a_witty_name added 22:41 - Apr 28
Any team should be happy to have him as a manager.

BossMan added 06:44 - Apr 29
@VanDusen you seriously think our own fans are to blame for us being mid-table in tier 3 ? Which manager do you think we should of kept hold of ? We have had one failure after another and none of them have been pulling up trees since leaving.

Cambsrover14 added 06:52 - Apr 29
He has done a good job but for the last 2-3 years every February we go on a mad run of not winning and after being 2nd and comfortably being in the playoffs is not acceptable that said I think the way venkies have handled it they should be ashamed of treating him like this, if he isn't wanted tell him this season is his last and thank him, not leave him hanging out to dry. I'm worried about who we will get that's any better time will tell COYB. The Mowbray out bashers will be happy but they could regret it

SpiritOfJohn added 07:01 - Apr 29
@VanDusen if we had suffered another 4 years of the manager you revere, there would have been few people left in the stadium (vocal or otherwise). Our former owner may not have appreciated beautiful football but he did take notice of the dwindling attendances, before he axed your favourite.

Cakeman added 08:13 - Apr 29
Has done very well at management. Very good people skills but probably one of the old School types who seem to be drifting out of management these days.
Sports Science and all that comes with that seem to be the modern way to go.

ThaiBlue added 08:35 - Apr 29
Love mogga great for town as a player.Blackburn poorly run club and dont deserve him as they are punching well above there weight.another club will take him for sure and good luck to them both when it happens.

mutters added 09:41 - Apr 29
Man, he sounds beaten. Blackburn owners should at least have the decency to discuss what they want next season, though it appears fairly obvious due to their silence on the matter. Always been a legend in my eyes.

rickw added 10:06 - Apr 29
Aren't they on the brink of the Championship play-offs?
Has their budget drastically increased recently without me knowing?
It seems to be he is over achieving....

Cambsrover14 added 10:19 - Apr 29
With the players we have I think we are underachieving we was 2nd and ten points clear of 7th place till February hit with 3 wins in 14 same last season if we didn't have enough points I think we would of been relegated.

BlueBlood90 added 10:31 - Apr 29
Very poor from Blackburn to treat him this way. They were a shambles when we picked them up. He's got them straight back up from League One and kicked them on to be playoff contenders in the Championship. He's done a great job and I'm sure he'll find a club who will give him the respect he deserves.

Linkboy13 added 11:42 - Apr 29
Very disappointed to hear this exstremly nice bloke. Remember when he was caretaker manager at Ipswich and things were not going too well the players came out and backed him saying we'll do it for Mogga and lost the next game. He shouldn't have much difficulty getting another job having done a decent job at Blackburn.

d77sgw added 13:19 - Apr 29
Sounds like hes got his priorities sorted. Blackburn don't deserve him - Venkies a joke.

Ipswichbusiness added 13:37 - Apr 29
If they have decided to make a change then simple courtesy says that they should tell him.

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