Tony Mowbray has explained his reasoning behind the departure of club captain Charlie Mulgrew, who left for Wigan Athletic on deadline day.
The 33-year-old Scotland international will remain with The Latics for the whole of the 2019-20 campaign, but will be unable to feature in the two games against Rovers this term.
The former Celtic man has featured heavily for Rovers under Mowbray, but the boss felt it was the right call to allow the number 14 to play regular football.
“First and foremost, as manager and player we had long conversations, as you’d expect," the boss began when speaking to iFollow Rovers.
"Charlie was feeling what I was thinking. If his game time was going to be more limited this season, he wanted to play. He wanted more game time.
“You have to place on record how amazing he’s been over my period at the club. He scored I think 18 goals in our League One campaign and maybe a dozen or so last season in the Championship, which is a terrific record for a defender.
“He’s the captain of our club and has taken us on a amazing journey over the last few years. We have to commend him and thank him for that.
“Here we are now, allowing him to move on on loan. We want to play a different way this year, higher up the pitch, and for the way we want to play I want a bit more athleticism and a bit more ability in covering the ground," he admitted.
“At times we will be left one v one and I don’t think that’s a strength of Charlie Mulgrew. He understands that and we felt it would be difficult for him around the club and not playing as much as he’d like.
“We made the decision and said that we’d look to facilitate a move for him. He’s a 33-year-old and earned the deal that he’s got at this football club. He’s not left on a permanent and I wish him well.
“There’s no hard feelings at all, we’ve shaken hands and we both know that this sort of thing happens in football," the boss added.
“I have to do what I feel is best for Blackburn Rovers. Charlie has to look after himself and his family. He wants to play and we wish him luck and we’ll see how he does.”