Date: 24th May 2017 at 11:21am
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Tony Mowbray has finally had a meeting with Venky’s as the Blackburn boss flew to India over the weekend to hold talks with Rovers’ owners.

Mowbray said he was happy with the discussions that took place and feels he can finally move forward having met the people he’s working for.

He told the Official Website: ‘I’m very happy with the discussions that I have had. I’ve met the owners, I’ve met the people that I am working for, and I am very happy to move forward.’

Disappointment of relegation from the Championship remains fresh in his mind, as he said it was Venky’s too, but Mowbray is now under the impression dropping into League One, coupled with this meeting, will allow Rovers to move forward.

Mowbray said: ‘Whilst we were all disappointed with the end of last season I see it as an opportunity to now move the club in the right direction and grasp this opportunity whilst it is there for us.’

He’s also expecting ‘financial commitment’ from the Indian owners who were ‘supportive’ of his plans.

Adding: ‘The owners were supportive of my ideas and plans, and they have assured me of their financial commitment to help achieve our targets. It was all very positive.’

Decisions regarding the out-of-contract players have already been made, which some might have thought was based in part financially? However, Mowbray is adamant he’s the one making the decision and has been sold that the players under-contract will only be offloaded on his say so as he’s under ‘no pressure’ to sell.

In another interview the Blackburn boss told BBC Radio Lancashire: ‘They’ve been very supportive and I think they are going to give us some financial support, to ensure that we have a very strong season next year. They are basically telling me that those decisions will be mine. There is no pressure to sell any players.’

Mowbray, appointed as Owen Coyle’s replacement in February, couldn’t keep Blackburn in the Championship but is no stranger to League One having managed in the third tier before, at most recent club Coventry.

However, Mowbray, 53, knows what a challenge awaits Rovers.

He said: ‘What I know now is it’s a really difficult league. There are some big strong powerful men in that league. It’s a job for men, not for boys, which I found out at Coventry City.’

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