FORMER Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has been appointed new manager of Championship strugglers Blackburn Rovers.
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The 53-year-old agreed an 18-month contract and takes over from Owen Coyle who left the Ewood Park outfit by mutual consent yesterday.
Mowbray, who quit Coventry City in September, took training this afternoon as he prepared the team for a crucial clash away at relegation rivals Burton on Friday night.
He will be assisted by David Lowe, who makes the step up from the club’s Head of Academy coaching, while former Rovers favourite David Dunn will take on the role of first team coach.
Mowbray was appointed Hoops gaffer on June 16 2009, but, after a disastrous sequence of results, he was sacked on March 24 the following year.
The final blow was a 4-0 hammering from St Mirren in Paisley the previous evening, in what was one of the worst ever performances from a Celtic side.
He began his managerial career at Ipswich and has been in charge of Hibs, West Brom and Middlesbrough as well as the Hoops and Coventry.
Blackburn are currently second-bottom of the Championship, three points from safety, after two just wins in the last 13 league games.
This adds further confusion to Efe Ambrose’s loan deal to Blackburn which was agreed just as the last transfer window was closing but is in limbo as the English FA decide whether or not to grant a work permit to the Nigerian international defender.