Mowbray keen on Ewood Park stay despite relegation

Date published: Monday 8th May 2017 10:04

Tony Mowbray: New Rovers boss

Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray is keen to stay at the club and lead a promotion push from Sky Bet League One back up into the Championship next season.

Rovers, who were Premier League champions in 1995, suffered relegation to the third tier on Sunday, despite winning 3-1 at Brentford.

A 3-0 victory for Nottingham Forest against Ipswich and 1-0 success for Birmingham at Bristol City made Blackburn’s efforts redundant and they drop into League One for the first time in almost four decades.

Mowbray said: “It’s going to be a huge summer for us in terms of recruitment, and conversations with the owners are coming – we have to recruit well, be strong next year and bounce back.

“We need to keep our under-contract players. If we do, we will hopefully be too strong for a lot of clubs in League One. We just need to turn the ship around and get promotion.”

Britt Assombalonga scored twice and missed a penalty as two-time European champions Forest survived on goal difference.

“Obviously the over-riding feeling is relief – and delight,” said Reds boss Mark Warburton. “Delight for the players, the fans and the club.

“It was a huge game for us. We knew what was at stake and the consequences, the significance, the implications. It was a big occasion.

“This is a huge club and now we have to move forward and build. This can never be allowed to happen again.”

Harry Redknapp may stay on as Birmingham manager but only if they can match his ambition.

Che Adams scored the only goal at Ashton Gate and Redknapp, who signed a short-term deal to replace Gianfranco Zola, said: “I don’t need to be chasing work. I work with a few different companies.

“I’ll have a chat and see what their (Birmingham owners) ambitions are. If they’re ambitious and want to have a go next year, then I’d be interested.

“But I don’t know what their plans are, they might have someone else lined up.”

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