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Mowbray’s busy summer schedule

Rovers boss outlines his post-season plans, with India trip on the horizon

8 May 2019

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The football may have finished, but the hard work continues for Rovers boss Tony Mowbray.

The manager has spent the past two days having one-to-one meetings with every member of the first team squad, evaluating their contributions during the 2018-19 Championship campaign, with similar discussions planned with his backroom team over the coming days.

He will then be part of a delegation of senior staff who fly out to Pune in India to meet with the club’s Owners, to finalise expenditure and expectations for next season, before enjoying a well-earned break with his family.

And throughout this busy post-season period, the manager insists he will glued to his phone, making and taking calls from agents, as he looks to identify the right players he believes will strengthen the squad.

“This week is spent doing appraisals with the players,” he said. “Every player gets a half-hour slot.

“We’ll talk about their season, what they need to improve on, how it went, did they get enough game time, how do they see next season, what do they need to be better at.

“Then I do the same with the staff and how their departments can get better and stronger, and what do they need.

“Then I’ll go to India, for a week, to see the Owners, to discuss budgets and how they see next season. What’s their ambition and what are they going to expect of the team.

“The day after I get back from India I will go on a family holiday for a week, to spend some time with my kids, because I haven’t seen them for a couple of weeks.

“That’s the job and during all of that time, the phone never stops, because every agent under the sun tells you that they’ve got the player for you and they’re going to make your team better.

“So you have to deal with all of that as well, in order to try and build the team for next year. We’ll see what the new version looks like. As I’ve said to the group, we’re bringing in players to compete with them, not to replace them and they should look forward to the competition next year for a place in the team.”

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