Football

Coyle out and Mowbray in at Blackburn Rovers

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Blackburn Rovers. Jack Walker stand. Image: By Oldelpaso – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0

Fifty three year old coach Tony Mowbray has agreed to a eighteen month contract at Ewood Park and replaces Owen Coyle, who was sacked on Tuesday.

It was reported Mowbray beat Nigel Adkins, Tim Sherwood and Jimmy Floyd Hasslebank to the job.

Mowbray first made an impact in management during his tenure at West Bromwich Albion in 2006.

He led them to the Championship play-off final in his first season and then the title in his second.

He would later have stints with Celtic and Middlesbrough, where he remains a legend as a player.

Mowbray left Middlesbrough in October 2013 but returned to management with Coventry City in March 2015.

He later left the Sky Bet League One club last September after a poor run of results.

He has appointed Blackburn’s head of academy coaching, David Lowe, as his assistant, and former Rovers midfielder David Dunn as his first team coach.

Mowbray inherits a Rovers side who are second bottom of the Championship and three points from safety with only fifteen games left.

He now has the daunting task of turning round the form of a side who have won just two of their last ten games.

Mowbray’s first game in charge will be Friday’s trip to Burton Albion.

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