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Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers: His one best moment and one worst moment at the club so far

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Now approaching five full years in charge of Blackburn Rovers, Tony Mowbray currently sits as the longest serving manager in the Championship.

During his time in charge of the club, during which time he has overseen well over 200 Blackburn games, there has been plenty going on at the club.

Not surprisingly therefore, Mowbray has seen plenty of ups and downs during his time in the Ewood Park dugout.

But just moments standout for the right, and indeed wrong, reasons for Mowbray since he took over the Lancashire club?

Here, we’ve taken a look Mowbray’s best and worst moment from his time in charge of Blackburn Rovers so far.

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Best: Promotion from League One

Having been appointed Blackburn manager in February 2017, Mowbray almost pulled off a miracle to keep Rovers up in the Championship, but a final day win at Brentford wasn’t enough to prevent Rovers suffering relegation to League One on goal difference.

But despite a slow start to life in the third-tier the following season, Mowbray was able to rally the club, and managed to guide Rovers to an immediate promotion back to the Championship during the 2017/18 campaign.

Not only did that success ensure Blackburn were not mired in the third-tier for years to come – which could have been catastrophic for the club – but he also put together a squad that supporters could well and truly get behind once more, after years of frustrating stagnation in the table, and previous rapid turnover in players that made it hard to develop a connection with the fans.

That Tuesday night win at Doncaster in April 2018 that secured promotion back to the Championship, will live long in the memory of many a Rovers fan, who hadn’t experienced the euphoria of a trophy or title win since the League Cup triumph way back in 2002.

Worst: 15 games, 1 win

Last season, Blackburn’s business in both the summer and winter transfer windows had seen them put together a squad that looked more than capable of mounting a challenge for promotion from the Championship, spearheaded by the free-scoring Adam Armstrong.

Indeed, when the winter window closed, Rovers were eighth in the Championship table, just three points adrift of the top-six spots. Under Mowbray however, failing to pick up points when within touching distance of the Championship play-offs has become something of a habit, and what followed would be the worst example of that yet.

Blackburn would go on to win just one of their next 15 games, their worst run under Mowbray, and one that saw them slide down the Championship table, to the point that when they beat Derby for their second win in 16, they were starting to look nervously over their shoulder at the relegation zone.

Though injuries and other issues may have played a part, there can be no doubt Rovers had a squad capable of producing better form than that, and as Mowbray struggled to find a solution, the atmosphere there might have been at Ewood had games not been behind closed doors, doesn’t bear thinking about.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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