Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray should be admired for his work in trying to keep the Lancashire club in the Sky Bet Championship despite failing to prevent the club from slipping into the third tier.

Rovers recorded an impressive 3-1 victory over Brentford at Griffin Park on the final day of the season but the club were relegated after rivals Nottingham Forest and Birmingham City both won their respective matches against Ipswich Town and Bristol City.

Mowbray’s side may have lost their brave fight against the drop but the former Celtic and Middlesbrough boss should be hailed for getting the very best out of the Rovers squad in his two-and-a-half months in charge at Ewood Park. The 53-year-old has overseen 15 matches as the club’s manager with Mowbray winning five, drawing seven and losing just three of those fixtures.

Three of Blackburn Rovers’ wins came in a five-match unbeaten streak at the end of the campaign when the heat was on and despite the club falling through the relegation trapdoor, nobody can doubt the fact that manager Mowbray got the very best effort out of his players.

Mowbray was an unpopular choice as manager when he was appointed into the role in February but he so nearly completed an impossible looking task and the Teessider should now be given the chance to guide Rovers to an immediate return to the Sky Bet Championship.

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I am Dan Pentland and I am a York City season ticket holder and volunteer for men's health charity Prostate Cancer UK. In May 2015, I completed my childhood dream of visiting all 92 Football League grounds. Follow me on Twitter @DanPentlandpcuk and Facebook