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Venus takes up key Rovers role

2 June 2017

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Rovers are delighted to welcome Mark Venus as the club’s new assistant to Tony Mowbray.

The appointment sees the 50-year-old reunited with the Rovers head coach, who he has enjoyed a successful working relationship with at clubs both north and south of the border over many years. 

Born in Hartlepool, Venus started his playing career with his hometown team, before garnering his reputation at Leicester City, who he played for between 1985 and 1988. 

The defender then spent a decade at Wolves, making over 300 appearances and winning back-to-back league titles, before making a move to Ipswich Town, who he helped win promotion to the Premier League via the Division One play-offs. 

After ending his playing career at Cambridge United, Venus was appointed assistant manager to Mowbray at Hibernian in 2004, where they twice guided the SPL side into Europe, before he followed his former Ipswich Town team-mate to West Bromwich Albion in 2006. 

During his time at The Hawthorns, the Baggies reached the Championship play-off final in his first season, before securing the league title in his second. Venus then became Mowbray’s assistant at both Celtic and Middlesbrough, where he enjoyed a short spell as caretaker manager from October-November 2013. 

A passionate, experienced and forthright football man, Venus was appointed Technical Director at Coventry City in the summer of 2015 and joined the Board of Directors 12 months later. 

He was made Coventry’s caretaker manager following Mowbray’s departure in September 2016 and, after leaving the Ricoh Arena himself in March, was eager to link up with his long-term managerial colleague again here at Ewood Park.

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