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I trust him implicitly - Tony

8 June 2017

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray has spoken of his delight at bringing long-term assistant Mark Venus to Ewood Park.

Team-mates during their playing days at Ipswich Town, the pair have worked together at five different clubs over the past 13 years, since making the move into management with Hibs in May 2004.

They have since enjoyed spells together at West Bromwich Albion, Celtic, Middlesbrough and Coventry City.

Mowbray believes that Venus’ experience and expertise, his forthright football views and their long-standing success together as a management team will stand Rovers in good stead next season.

The head coach also confirmed that Venus’ appointment as assistant manager would see David Lowe take on the role of first team coach, whilst David Dunn would revert back to his role as assistant coach of Rovers’ Under-23s. Ben Benson would remain as Rovers’ goalkeeping coach.

"It was important for me to have someone who I’ve worked with for a long time," said Mowbray, "Someone I can talk to about football any time day or night and somebody I trust implicitly, having worked together for so long.

"He’s somebody who knows how I work. We have a mutual respect for each other's decision making. He's far from a ‘yes’ man, who will just do anything, he has got his own strong opinions on football, which is what I want.

"Ultimately, I understand that the buck stops with me when we make decisions, but I like to bounce my thoughts and my ideas off somebody who I can talk to about anything football-wise and Mark is that man.

"He has different qualities as a coach to me and a different skillset. When we’re talking about the balance of the coaching staff, I think David Lowe brings a different skillset, I think Mark Venus brings a different skillset to what I bring and hopefully the combination of the three of us is going to be beneficial to the group of players on the grass, which is important at any football club.

"Hopefully we can get a harmony and a camaraderie between them that is a strong bond and we all play a part in creating a successful unit that can win lots of matches."

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