Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has suggested that he is relaxed about his potential long-term future at Ewood Park as his current deal runs down.
Mowbray’s current deal at Ewood Park is set to expire at the end of the season and he will be under pressure to ensure that Blackburn have a strong finish in the Championship so that he can potentially justify being offered a new contract by the club.
It is believed that Mowbray has not held face-to-face talks with Blackburn’s owners since the summer of 2019 and there were some suggestions towards the back end of last term that his position was under threat ahead of this season. However, he remained in his post and has so far got Rovers to within one place of the play-offs this term.
However, Blackburn have suffered one or two poor results as well this season with them losing by seven goals against Fulham in what was one of the worst results in the club’s history. Those kind of results mean that there is still doubt over his long-term future at Ewood Park.
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Speaking to the Lancashire Telegraph, Mowbray suggested that he is not worried about his future at this stage and he also said he would be ready to hold talks over his future when the time is right.
He said: “I think those conversations can be had when the time is appropriate. I’m just working with the team to try and win another game.
“Those discussions are not even in my mind. I’m just a football manager who prepares his team on a daily basis because the games come thick and fast.
“Myself, I don’t sit here and worry about myself, I concern myself with this group of players and how they’re on a journey with their careers and what they have to do to get better.
“The politics of it all don’t really interest me.
“It’s good for the media, good for the people on the outside whose lives on the outside are all about that but for me, I don’t overly concern myself with it. I just do my job everyday.”
This is a difficult one for Blackburn because there are sections of their fan base that feel they now want a fresh start with a new manager at the helm. That comes despite Rovers being in the mix of teams chasing the play-off places so far this season under Mowbray.
Mowbray did an excellent job to stabilise Blackburn when he took over and get them back to being a competitive side in the Championship. However, there are doubts over whether he is the right manager to take them to that next level now and get them really challenging for a place back in the Premier League.
The end of the season is going to be a good time for Blackburn’s owners to really asses Mowbray’s long-term credentials at Ewood Park. Where his side end up in the table will be crucial in determining whether or not he gets a new deal. You feel they have to at least have been in the mix for the play-offs right until the last game for him to earn that.