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“I want to build a team that the fans can be proud of"

The boss has been discussing his plans following the official opening of the summer transfer window

16 May 2019

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Officially, the transfer window for clubs to sign players has opened today.

It's a big summer ahead for Tony Mowbray and his backroom team, with the retained list revealed yesterday and reinforcements needed before the Championship campaign kicks off in early August.
And with more than 35 years of experience behind him in the game, Mowbray knows exactly how key these next few months will be both short-term and long-term.
“Recruitment is crucial and you need to get it right," he said when discussing his transfer plans to iFollow Rovers.
"The players are pieces of a jigsaw puzzle that you’re going to put out on the pitch.
“That’s what we aim to do. The recruitment system has been running for a good year or so and the foreign recruitment has been going for a few months now.
“We’re in the market, we’re looking, and if we can find a few gems to add to the group then we’ll see how we go next season.
“You can’t stop and stand still. You have to prepare and get ready, and the recruitment side of things is vital. You may have to move on to target two, target three, or target four. 
“The rich clubs have a limitless pot of money who can pay the asking price, but it doesn’t work like that for us. 
“We’re asking questions at the moment and it’s an interesting process in terms of our foreign recruitment."
And on bringing in players from abroad, Mowbray says that whilst it's vital new recruits do the job on the pitch, they'll have to acclimatise off it, too.
“It’s got to the point now where I go out to Europe and run the rule over players," he added.
"The analysts went out there and told me whether they liked the players or not. There have been some players I’ve seen that I like and some I don’t like.
“Moving to Rovers, to a different country, it’s a big decision for every foreign player. The wife needs to get a new job, the kids need to get into a  new school, there may be a language barrier as well.
“I want to build a team that the fans can be proud of."

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