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Mowbray: There are no easy games in the Championship

The boss reflects on the 2018-19 fixtures and discusses an opening day trip to old club Ipswich Town

22 June 2018

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray will take his team back to a place he knows well on the opening day of the season, with a trip to Ipswich Town in early August.

The boss enjoyed a five-year playing spell at Portman Road, captaining the club and playing his part in the Tractor Boys' promotion to the Premier League back in 2000.

After appearing 157 times for the Suffolk-based club, Mowbray made his first forays into coaching, working under George Burley at Ipswich before moving into management with Hibernian in 2004.

And following the fixtures announcement on Thursday morning, Tony says he expects his old side to be eager to hit the ground running, with a new manager at the helm in ex-Shrewsbury chief Paul Hurst.

“We’re away to Ipswich for the first game and it’s a team with a new manager who will have had an impact on his team and will be aiming to get off to a good start," Mowbray said.
“We saw from Paul’s Shrewsbury team how dynamic and energetic they were. They are all tough games in the Championship though.

“The fixtures look alright to me, but to be honest, as a manager, you have to play everyone twice so I never have a strong opinion on the fixtures!  

“We have to play them all at some point so we’ll be getting ourselves prepared for each battle over the course of pre-season. We’re all excited by the challenge."

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