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Easter Road return brought back memories for Mowbray

The boss reflects on his time at Easter Road following our game against Hibs on Sunday

8 July 2018

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It was a return to familiar ground for boss Tony Mowbray on Sunday and speaking afterwards, the Rovers chief admitted he only has good memories from his two-year spell as Hibernian manager.

The 54-year-old spent between 2004 and 2006 at Easter Road, with Hibs being his first step into full time management following an interim spell at Ipswich Town.
 
Tony won 52 of his 108 games in charge of the Edinburgh club winning the Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year in his first campaign in charge.
 
His two seasons in the Scottish capital were successful, with the club finishing in the top four of the SPFL in both of the campaigns he was at the helm.
 
And the boss was thrilled to catch up with some old faces on his return with Rovers at the weekend.
 
“It brought back a lot of memories for me today and seeing the stands showed to me that the club is progressing and that’s great to see," he said after the game.
 
“I haven’t been to the training ground yet but it’s a visit I’d like to make to see how the club has moved on. 
 
“Back in my day here it was a case of jumping in a minibus and finding a school playing field to train. They have a fantastic manager and some very good players here at Hibs.
 
“I was fortunate to inherit some really good footballers during my time here; the likes of [Scott] Brown, [Steven] Whittaker, [Derek] Riordan and they were happy days, good days.
 
“Those players went on to build their careers but we pointed them in the right direction and gave them some guidance at the time. I’ve really enjoyed watching Scott Brown captain Scotland and Celtic. I keep an eye on how those players have got on."
 
And Mowbray added that enjoyable times are on the horizon for Neil Lennon's side, who start their Europa League campaign next week.
 
“As a follower of Scottish football, I hope Hibs have another good, positive season," he said. "I certainly wish Neil and his side all the best because it is a great club here. There are good times ahead I’m sure."

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