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Mowbray's Blackburn Exit Confirmed
Wednesday, 11th May 2022 16:15

Blackburn Rovers have confirmed that former Blues skipper and coach Tony Mowbray will be leaving his job this summer.

The 58-year-old one-time central defender had been manager at Ewood Park since 2017 with his departure having been widely expected despite Rovers having been in the Championship play-off hunt for most of the season before eventually finishing eighth.

In a statement on their website Rovers confirmed that “it has been jointly agreed” that Mowbray will be leaving the club at the end of his contract in the close season.

Mowbray told the official Rovers website: “Firstly, I’d like to thank the owners and the board for giving me the opportunity to manage a football club that is steeped in such great history and tradition. It’s been a real privilege to have been the manager of Blackburn Rovers.

“I’d also like to say thank you to all the supporters and all the amazing staff at the club, particularly those who I’ve worked with on a daily basis at the Senior Training Centre, but also the extended staff who work at Ewood Park and the Academy.

“It’s been a wonderful experience to bring my values to a football club over a five-year period and to create an environment where people enjoy coming into work every day and where players feel like they can improve every day.

“I’ve really enjoyed it, it’s been very rewarding and I thank everybody for coming along on the journey with me, but I feel as though the time is right to move on and let somebody else have a go. I wish this amazing group of young players and the club in general every success going forward.”

Club owners Venkys said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony for the way he has headed up the football management of the club and the tremendous amount of effort and self-sacrifice he made during his time at the club.

“We appreciate the hard work he has put in during his tenure, nearly avoiding relegation out of the Championship and for then getting us promoted out of League One at the first time of asking.

“Also for all the work that has been done behind the scenes to develop a strong young team that we hope to build upon in future years. We wish him well now and also in any future role he may undertake.”

Rovers CEO Steve Waggott added: “This is the second club that I have worked closely with Tony and I have total respect for him not only as a very good footballing manager, but also as a very honest and decent human being.

“He has brought stability to the club during his tenure and has created a platform for his successor to build on, by leaving behind the nucleus of a talented young squad. I wish him all the best in the future.”

There is currently no confirmation regarding the future of Mowbray’s Rovers assistant and former Town team-mate Mark Venus.

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ArnieM added 16:23 - May 11
Well here’s hoping Blackburn now sink without trace.

Cambsrover14 added 16:36 - May 11
Mowbray's time was up simple as that, do you watch us ARNIEM? I've been to every home game and playing Bradley Johnson as a striker he lost the plot and every February he can't win a game. Glad to see the back of him tbh yes he done a good job stabilizing us but thank God it's ended. Hopefully now we can push on and not derail if we have a good start next season. Wish Ipswich well for next season unlike ARNIEM hoping we sink without trace he must be a troll.

Ipswichbusiness added 16:39 - May 11
On a separate note, Watford were rumoured to be after KMcK as their new manager, but they have appointed the Forest Green manager instead.

Help added 16:49 - May 11
FGR to get relegated next season then

ArnieM added 17:09 - May 11
Cams rover . You’re on the wrong forum I think.

TimmyH added 17:30 - May 11
Why the attention on this? (I Know good players for us 20 odd years ago)... I should think neither Mowbray or Venus will be coming here in the near future.

SpiritOfJohn added 17:32 - May 11
Well done Mogga! It's increasingly rare to see a manager leave his post with dignity and integrity intact. Definitely leaving Blackburn Rovers in a better state than he found it.

Suffolkboy added 17:34 - May 11
TM is one of the most honest men of undoubted integrity ,who throughout his life ,and in his chosen profession has always quietly but assuredly set ,expected and demanded standards of behaviour and dedication .
He served ITFC with a distinction seldom seen and we should wish him every joy and success in whatever life brings in the future !
Those miserable carping contributors need to reference history to understand exactly what he did at and for Middlesbrough — but then they may either have short memories or be conveniently far too young .,
Good man Tony Mowbray , congratulations on all you’ve achieved — enjoy
Oh ! and what a header at Wembley !

1RWR added 17:49 - May 11
Two words……..True Gentleman
Suffolk boy………..what a header, still gives me goose bumps every time I see it, I was there, one of the greatest days ever!

Cambsrover14 added 17:54 - May 11
ARNIEM I don't like my team being slated when obviously none of you know the facts about why he wasn't offered a new contract.

pg888 added 18:08 - May 11
Cambsrover14 go play with a plastic chicken and stop trying to make a scene.

Blackburn is a Depressing town and clearly has miserable fans

Suffolkboy added 18:08 - May 11
1RWR - yep, us too ! Wonderful day ,great game full of honest intent deservedly won by ITFC with a spirited exhibition !
AND what good behaviour ! We walked out accompanied by a duty policeman who said it was the best ever crowd behaviour he’d witnessed at Wembley !

Ipswichbusiness added 18:16 - May 11
Cambsrover14: I understand that under Venky ownership Blackburn have now had eight managers in eleven and a half years. Were all eight fools, or is the ownership to blame?

If you are a Blackburn supporter, why are you on this site?

bringmeaKuqi added 18:29 - May 11
TimmyH, I agree with your point that hopefully TM and MV will never manage here mostly because I hope it is a very long time before we're looking for a new manager and this starts a spell of hiring young managers. Mogga will have his feet up by the time we're next looking for a manager.

But as others have said, he is fondly regarded for what he did and the era he represents (perhaps Venus even more so). So a man always welcomed by the supporters.

I always feel like that management combination was the one we needed after Magilton and the one we were never quite able to get. But now I think we have outgrown them.

churchmans added 18:49 - May 11
Pure Źzzzzzzzzzzzzz

blueoxford added 19:11 - May 11
Cambrover14 I know nothing about how Rovers have been doing of late, but I know that if I could choose between having Venkys as my club’s owners and Mowbray as my club’s manager, it would be a very easy decision to make

Bert added 19:17 - May 11
I always thought he looked old when he joined Town but now he looks younger ! A great guy, loyal, sincere and honest. A year ago I would have said bring him back here as Manager but in all honesty I now understand much more about how the game needs to be played. KMK knows his stuff and he is the man for us. Best wishes to TM in whatever role he finds himself in.

gosblue added 19:54 - May 11
TM is an ITFC legend. Simple as.
He was fated never to be manager here. I think that whenever we were recruiting, he’d just started elsewhere and when he was available, we weren’t looking. I wish him and MV all the best.

Cambsrover14 added 21:25 - May 11
Because it came up on BLACKBURN NEWSNOW that this site had a story on him leaving. Venkys were badly advised during the kean snake era. Mowbray built the connection between the club and fans back but from February for the last 3 years we have been sh!te. The Derby home game this season he played Bradley Johnson as a striker, losing the plot and I comment on here as Walton played for us on loan so like to see how he's getting on. Pg where have I tried to make a scene? I'm just trying to let you know it was time he was replaced as I go from Cambridge to watch them every home game and he had started losing the fans so it was best he left while it was still 70% good. If we can get Farke or Carvalhal I will be happy with them as manager :) good luck for the new season ;)

Kropotkin123 added 00:58 - May 12
Pretty funny to see a Blackburn supporter crying on here about our fans being biased towards Mogga.

itfctilidie added 09:25 - May 12
I can see this being a "be careful what you wish for" sort of move from Blackburn

BlueBlood90 added 10:04 - May 12
I'm on the Blackburn fans side here. Remember how irked we all got when people were telling us how great Mick McCarthy was despite never seeing us play? Mowbray did a very good job at Blackburn and he's a great guy too but they're entitled to freshen things up. One of my mates supports Blackburn and he's said much the same thing.

Interesting to see that Farke is the favourite to replace him. Can't say I'd wish Blackburn too well if he got the job!

blueboy1981 added 16:22 - May 13
MOGGA - Ipswich Legend.
Always will be. ⚽️

blueboy1981 added 16:24 - May 13
Bert - Time will indeed tell on that, as always !!

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