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Building bit by bit ahead of 13 massive games

Tony looks short-term and long-term

23 February 2018

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Tony Mowbray says he's constructed both short-term and long-term plans, after celebrating his first year in charge of Rovers.

Mowbray's table-toppers have 13 games left to potentially secure an instant return to the Championship.
And whilst that's the short-term aim for the boss, long-term he wants to build a squad and a club that's stable and ready to progress.
“Hopefully we can keep winning football matches, keep the development going," he said.
“The next 13 games are massive, but we need to think short-term as well. We need to build things to ensure we don’t go straight back down if we do get promoted.
“The short-term goals are promotion. If we don’t get there then we’ll all be very disappointed.
"We want to build a team to be successful. At this moment, when you look at the parachute payments teams are getting, it will be very difficult if we did get promoted to the Championship.
“We’ve got some great players who we’ve signed from League One sides and it can be done. I look at James Maddison at Norwich. He was someone I had at Coventry, he’s gone to Norwich and has ripped the Championship up and has been linked to Premier League sides.
“He’s no different to a [Bradley] Dack, a [Dominic] Samuel, [Jack] Payne or [Adam] Armstrong - all young players with real quality. We’re enjoying things at the moment but the bigger picture is to continue to build the club.
“We want to build bit by bit, build the foundations with quality footballers."
And ahead of the home straight of the campaign, Tony knows every point could be vital from now until the end of the season.
But the points now are just as valuable as they were at the beginning of the season, and everyone's in the same boat, battling for promotion.
“Every stage of the season is important. The points we earn will be over 46 games. At this moment we are trying to get points to get us in the top two at the end of the season," Mowbray added.
“The likes of Shrewsbury, Wigan, Rotherham and Scunthorpe are all doing the same thing. We’ll aim to get three points at Walsall and will want to do the same at AFC Wimbledon.
“It’s a busy period coming up but one we’re looking forward to."

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