Date: 10th May 2017 at 1:44pm
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In the wake of Blackburn’s confirmed relegation on Sunday, Venky’s have released a statement in support of Tony Mowbray, which said he will continue as Rovers boss with their ‘full support’.

Many would view the use of the words ‘continue’ and ‘full support’ as somewhat ironic from the Blackburn owners as most would argue a lack of backing and support has ultimately cost Rovers their Championship status. Mowbray’s appointment, which admittedly didn’t come too late to avoid the drop, probably had come when too much damage had been done?

This statement, on the Official Website, came in the wake of Paul Senior’s confirmed relegation, the man who worked on the deal to appoint Mowbray as boss on an 18 month deal in February.

It read: ‘The owners of Blackburn Rovers wish to place on record their appreciation for the work of manager Tony Mowbray since his arrival at the club, during which time both the performances of the team and results have improved significantly. Going forward he will continue to have our full support. Despite the courageous performance by the players and the victory at Brentford yesterday, results elsewhere led to the relegation of the club from the Championship. This is indeed a very sad situation and we are deeply hurt by these events. We share the same feelings as our supporters.’

Blackburn’s relegation was seen as a ‘temporary setback’ with the owners confident a ‘collective efforts of the team, under Tony’s leadership’ could see promotion back to the Championship secured at the first attempt.

Relegation will make Blackburn stronger, apparently?!

This statement continued: ‘The owners and everyone at the club recognise and appreciate the solid backing of the supporters and thank them for this. We believe that such strong support will set us in good stead for the season ahead. We have all witnessed the events of recent years, where teams have been relegated but have turned their clubs around and emerged stronger, and we are determined to see Blackburn Rovers do the same. Work has already begun to make this happen and we will be making every effort during the forthcoming season to give ourselves the best chance to achieve this goal.’

Mowbray himself feels he’s got a fresh start with the players (which would involve money being spent) he can bring in making all the difference, this is where those ‘backing’ thoughts will come into force.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire : ‘Recruitment is the currency of a football club. If you bring in good players, you win matches. If you bring in poor players, you lose matches and will find yourself in the wrong situation. We are starting from scratch. We didn’t know which league we would be in. At League One level, we should be really competitive salary-wise, but footballers of a certain quality don’t want to play in League One.’

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