Tony Mowbray

Tony Mowbray is manager of Blackburn Rovers having been appointed on 22nd February 2017.

Mowbray previously managed Middlesbrough. Tony has managed at Premier League level, both in England and Scotland.

The former Middlesbrough, Celtic and Ipswich defender has been a high achiever in management since taking charge at Hibernian in May, 2004.

Hibs finished in the top four of the Scottish Premier Division in both his two full seasons at the helm. After the first of those, he won the Scottish Football Writers Association's manager of the year award.

Mowbray, a holder of the UEFA Pro License, also brought European football to Easter Road before moving to West Bromwich in October, 2006 after rejecting an earlier approach from Ipswich.

As Albion's replacement for Bryan Robson in the wake of relegation, he guided his new team into the play-offs where they were beaten 1-0 by Derby in the final after winning both legs of the semi-final against West Midlands rivals Wolves.

There followed a major upheaval in which Albion raked in large fees for established players. Mowbray made a total of 14 signings, after which his club was still substantially in profit.With recruits like James Morrison, Chris Brunt and Leon Barnett proving influential, the Baggies stormed to the Championship title in his first full season at the Hawthorns in 2008. They also reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup, losing to eventual winners Portsmouth.

Mowbray picked up the LMA's divisional Manager of the Year award in 2008, having won the Championship.Mowbray was then confirmed as the new manager of Celtic on June 16 2009 and remained with the club until March 2010.

Having taking charge of Boro during the 2010/11 season, Mowbray enjoyed immediate success in the role as his side went onto finish 12th in the npower Championship.He enjoyed a successful first full season in charge at the Riverside as he guided the club to a 7th place finish in the npower Championship, narrowly missing out on a play-off place. He also received the manager of the month award on two occasions. The club then followed this up with a 16th place finish the following term.

Tony has battled adversity on and off the field. As skipper, he was the embodiment of home town Middlesbrough's revival after they went into liquidation and served the club courageously for nine years.

Boro's fanzine - Fly me to the Moon - was named after a comment made by then manager Bruce Rioch, who said: "If I had to fly to the moon I'd take Tony Mowbray, my captain, with me. He's a magnificent man."

Sessions by Tony Mowbray

Coaching Consultation: Defending the box

in Defending

My defenders tend to panic when winning the ball in defence and punt the ball out, only for it to come straight back. How can I get them to be more controlled when clearing their lines? Question answered by Tony Mowbray MORE

Playing and receiving through the lines

in Attacking

This session is about passing and receiving through the lines of the opposition. It’s important to practise this because good passing obviously represents a core value of any club’s footballing philosophy, and particularly ours. The skills that this approach play showcases can be utilised, harnessed and reused in every game, both when playing through the... MORE

Exploiting possession

in Formations and Tactics

This session is focused on creating opportunities from possession. Every team should work on their ability to maintain and exploit possession because, when harnessed to attacking intent, keeping hold of the ball is the best way to break down defences and create goal-scoring chances. This kind of play greatly increases a team’s chances of winning... MORE

Passing and possession

in Skills and Techniques

This session is about retaining and developing possession, plus switching play. It relies on smart decision making as well as excellent movement and communication between players. This is an important practice for us because, in match situations, main-taining possession is vital. Doing so not only aids the creation of chances, but it serves to wear... MORE

Combination play and finishing

in Attacking

Work on crossing and finishing techniques with this session that focuses on passing and combination play between wing backs and wide players, resulting in plenty of shooting opportunities. MORE

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