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Venus looking forward to the challenge

5 June 2017

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New assistant manager Mark Venus is looking forward to the challenge of trying to help Rovers climb back up the league ladder.

The 50-year-old, who took up his new Rovers role on Friday, insists it was a no-brainer when head coach Tony Mowbray made the call and he is delighted to have joined such a big club.
"I think it's a massive club with a lot of footballing history and it's going to be a great challenge to try and bring it back to where it should be," said Venus.
"It's something that I'm really looking forward to, I have to say. Everything about the club since I've come to have a look around it has been really good, really professional and I just hope that we can give back what it deserves.
"It's a great challenge, it's a great football club, the training ground facilities are in place, we just have to try and put a team on the pitch which plays the way we want to play, but still wins lots and lots of games along the way."
Venus' appointment sees him reunited with Rovers manager Mowbray, who took up the reins at Ewood Park in February. 
The pair have previously worked together at Hibs, West Brom, Celtic and Middlesbrough, enjoying success both north and south of the border.
Venus is hoping to replicate that here at Rovers and insists that Mowbray had nothing but positives to say about the club. 
"I think he's a really respectful and honourable man," said Rovers' new assistant manager.
"He loves football, we have the same philosophy about the way we think football should be played and I think it's just down to the sheer love of the game that we have together that I really enjoy working with him.
"He's really loved the time he's had at Rovers so far. We've been at some other clubs that have had some difficult times, with some difficult PR around them, but he spoke with nothing but positivity about the football club. He eulogised about it really."

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