Date: 8th June 2017 at 10:19am
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Having temporarily stepped into the vacancy created when Tony Mowbray resigned as Coventry boss earlier in the year, Mark Venus was reunited with his old coaching partner last week, appointed as his assistant at Blackburn.

Venus, who worked alongside Mowbray at Hibernian, West Brom, Celtic and Middlesbrough, before being appointed as Coventry’s technical director, is looking to help the Blackburn boss guide Rovers to League One success next season.

The pair narrowly missed out on the League One play-offs at the Ricoh Arena the season before last, where Coventry had been a big fish in a small pond, which is something Venus knows will be the case for Blackburn.

As the biggest club in League One Blackburn will face the added pressure of expectation with most clubs viewing Rovers as something of a cup final, which will bring added pressures. However, Venus feels we can cope with this.

He told the Official Website: ‘We’re going to be a big fish in that league and I think we have to come over with the aspirations and the demeanour that we are a big fish I think that’s the attitude that Tony wants to go into the season with – that we’re the biggest team in the league. There’s some big clubs in League One, some decent teams, and there’s some really small clubs. They all work really hard for each other and they’re all really honest.’

Venus, 50, added: ‘You know how difficult it is going to be by looking at the cup games where the lower league teams knock out the bigger teams. We have to be able to stand up to what their strengths are and then impose our strengths on them.’

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