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A productive trip to Pune

Tony Mowbray was pleased with how discussions went with the club's Owners in India

11 June 2019

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Rovers boss Tony Mowbray was pleased with how discussions went with the club’s Owners on his recent trip to India.

The manager, along with senior Ewood Park officials, spent six days in Pune, evaluating the 2018-19 Championship campaign, before quickly putting plans in place for next season.

Mowbray said that the talks were positive and that the Owners can see the club moving in the right direction.

“I had six days in India and it was very productive,” said the Rovers manager.

“The Owners are as supportive as ever. They are very nice, humble, honest people, who would like us to be successful.

“I think they appreciate the work that’s been happening over the last few years and they would like a continuation of that.

“There’s no guarantees in football, as I’ve said to them. They can invest, but there’s no guarantee.

“Everybody wants to get to the Premier League and we’re working really hard to engineer a camaraderie and spirit amongst the group, allied with the odd bit of class and quality that can win you games, an affinity with the support base and try to connect the club all together.

“When it works and it all gels, you can have a successful season. Whether that success is good enough to be better than the relegated Premier League sides, who have £40m parachute payments, or teams like Stoke, Leeds, Derby, Middlesbrough, Forest – huge teams with huge fan bases – but we have to look forward to the challenge of competing, as we did last year.

“With the right signings, hopefully this season we’ll be stronger still.”

Mowbray confirmed that money would be made available for summer signings, but that the club would look to move to a more self-sustaining model in the future.

“Somewhere along the line, Owners can’t keep digging into their pockets and producing the tens and tens of millions of pounds every year for what seems little reward, if you’re going to finish in the middle of the table,” he added.

“As I’ve said to them, what is the expectation? We are competing against some huge football clubs and yet that doesn’t always mean they’re going to be successful.

“You can get teams who can punch above their weight if you get everything right at your club. The Owners understand that we have to try and find the next Bradley Dack, for instance, that you buy at a price and you polish them up and give them a platform to show their quality and ability to the world, and they become better value than what you paid for them.

“Maybe two or three years down the line, you do sell a player to reinvest, to put money back in, as opposed to having this model where you keep going and asking for £25m every year.

“It wants to be system, somewhere along the line, where we can almost self-sustain it, but they are happy to support us until we can get to that level. The secret, of course, is to keep buying talented young players that become big assets.”

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