Tony Mowbray’s Blackburn Rovers squad have started life back in the Championship in impressive fashion, currently sitting in 10th place after 12 games – just one point off the play offs.

The 54-year-old will have been at Ewood Park for two years come February 2019, and the experienced manager is highly likely to still be manager of Blackburn Rovers by then. Rovers are looking at offering Mowbray a contract extension in the near future, and lots of first team players have either signed new deals or are in negotiations over an extension.

Bradley Dack, Darragh Lenihan, Richie Smallwood and Derrick Williams all signed new deals in the Summer, and captain Charlie Mulgrew and longest serving player Corry Evans are in talks to extend their stays at Ewood Park with their deals running out at the end of this season.

Mowbray has been full of praise for his players this season, and has been praising them once again during the International break.

“The group are very strong mentally, we have some experienced footballers in there who are good human beings with good hearts,” Mowbray told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I always say to them this is their dressing room, their team, I rarely go in their dressing room.

“I work from my office, from the grass, we work in the TV analysis room a lot but the dressing room is their domain.

“What they say, how they drive each other, how they talk about the preparation, the tactics, the mentally, I’m sure it’s very positive at the moment.

“I’m not driving any positions in the league at the team, I’m driving the next game and if we do this and this then we a have a good chance of making this happen. Then they pick it up and run with it.

“Hopefully they are in positive mode, they will feel we should have more points than we have accrued and that will give them a confidence that we have to keep going.”

Mowbray and his squad have a week off before their clash with Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United on Saturday 20th October, and knows that despite their strong start, they can’t get complacent. However, he sees no reason as to why they can’t be looking upwards at the upper reaches of the Championship.

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