"He's a good, hard working football man," says Tony Mowbray when discussing opposite number Gary Bowyer ahead of Tuesday night's trip to Blackpool.
Bowyer, who's spent the last couple of years with the Tangerines, has a long affiliation with Rovers, having worked his way up from youth team coach to first team manager in over ten years at Ewood Park, prior to departing in 2015.
And Mowbray admits he has a lot of time for the 46-year-old, who led Blackpool to promotion to League One at the end of last season.
"What you have to try to do is put all the off field stuff into the back of your mind and get your group of players tight," Tony said when discussing Blackpool's off-field situation.
"He's moulded the group of players he has there over the last couple of seasons. He's done exceptionally well in the circumstances at Blackpool.
"We have a good working relationship and he's a good, hard working football man.
"He understands the expectation of Blackburn Rovers and it's probably a similar scenario at Blackpool.
"After Tuesday then we'll wish him well and see how Blackpool go this season."