Blackburn Rovers make a swift appointment in Tony Mowbray

by Jack Kitson / 22 February 2017, 12:10

Blackburn Rovers have wasted little time in finding a replacement for Owen Coyle after naming Tony Mowbray as their new manager on an 18-month deal.

Mowbray will be tasked with keeping Rovers (23rd) in the Championship, with the club currently three points adrift of safety with 15 matches remaining.

The 53-year-old, who will be joined by David Lowe as his assistant and David Dunn as his first team coach, will take training this afternoon (Wednesday) as he prepares his troops for Friday’s crunch championship clash with relegation rivals Burton.

Coyle and Rovers parted ways on Tuesday evening after just 37 games, but now less than 24 hours later Mowbray has returned to the dugout for his sixth spell in management.

Rovers had been linked with Tim Sherwood, Gary Rowett, Mark Warburton and Nigel Adkins, with many fans thinking Adkins had bagged the job as betting was suspended with the former Southampton boss the odds-on favourite for the post.

However, this has proved not to be the case, with Mowbray now back in the managerial arena for the first time in just over four months.

Mowbray resigned from his last post at Coventry back in September with the club rooted to the bottom of League One following a 10 game winless start to the season.

Mowbray has also previously managed the likes of Middlesbrough, Celtic, West Brom and Hibernian.

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