Following the sacking of Owen Coyle this week, Blackburn Rovers have appointed former Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry manager Tony Mowbray in a bid to guide the club out of the Championship relegation zone.
The Lancashire side currently sit in 23rd place in the Championship, having earned 29 points so far.
An official club statement justified the move: “… in order to give the club the best possible chance of climbing to a position of safety in the Championship in the remaining 15 games.”
The club are currently just three points off Championship safety and Mowbray, who signed an 18-monthcontract, inherits two of the Championship’s top scorers. Danny Graham, who recently scored in Blackburn’s spirited 2-1 defeat to Manchester United in the EFL Cup, has netted 11 times this season. Meanwhile, strike partner Sam Gallagher has scored 10. Impressive for a team towards the bottom of the league table.
Moreover, there is a chance that Blackburn could get three points under Mowbray in his first game as they face Burton Albion, a club who are also languishing.
Burton travel to Ewood Park this weekend having only won twice on the road this season, while Blackburn have gained much of their small points total at home, like the Brewers.
Talking to Rovers PlayerHD, Mowbray recently said that the club has enough quality in the squad to remain in the league. He was impressed with what he saw during his first training session with the players at Brockhall, but wished the Burton fixture was at a later date so he could have had more time to give the team an identity.
Dropping to League One would be disastrous for the club who won the Premier League in 1995. Only time will tell whether the other teams at the bottom of the table drop points, enabling Mowbray the chance to save the Blue and Whites from relegation.
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