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Mowbray on 'the management game'

16 September 2017

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Tony Mowbray is delighted that he now has competition for places across his squad, but accepts that with it comes a new set of issues - keeping them all happy.

After bringing in 12 new players over the summer, the manager has a squad that he is happy with and feels there is an excellent sprit in the camp.

But ahead of this afternoon's Ewood Park clash with AFC Wimbledon, he admits he has a nice selection dilemma each week, with the players working hard to earn a place in the starting eleven.

"I think the good thing is their togetherness," said the Rovers boss.

"The competition is great, it is good to have lots of good players, but the main thing when you've got that is the camaraderie, the team spirit and togetherness.

"It is easy to pick teams when you are winning, but we do have seven or eight players that could get in most teams in the league I would think.

"At this moment, it is how you manage those players, keep them believing that they are only a knock away or a fatigue issue away from getting in the team and then it is down to them to try and stay in the team.

"So they have to be ready to work hard in training, they have to stay positive around the place, that his how you keep it going, that is why the recruitment process is so important.

"That is the management game, you have to keep the players on board, you have to keep them involved, you have to keep them enthusiastic and caring about the club, wanting it to win.”

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