After originally planning to fly to India with Chief Executive Steve Waggott to discuss the club’s plans for the January transfer window during the international break, Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray will now stay in England after discussions with owners Venky’s.
The plan was to discuss Blackburn Rovers’ January transfer window plans in person with Venky’s, with manager Tony Mowbray and Chief Executive Steve Waggott flying to India. However, the club hierachy have discussed Rovers’ transfer window plans, and Mowbray has said they will be targeting ‘marginal gains’ in January.
Mowbray isn’t just looking to reinforce, he is also looking to strengthen the club’s scouting department, as he strives to build for the future at Ewood Park.
The Rovers manager spoke to the Lancashire Telegraph, reporting back on the talks held with Venky’s.
“There are one or two things that I am asking for and they are trying to help. They have been very supportive of me personally and of what you need to continually improve which is what I talk to them about. It’s no good standing still.
“I don’t go to them and ask for millions and millions of pounds to spend but there are small marginal gains that you can do at every football club to improve.
“I do have contact with the owners on the phone. To be fair to them they ring me rather than me having to chase them up.”
The club will already be £7m out of pocket in January, when they trigger a loan to buy deal for Nottingham Forest striker Ben Brereton. Mowbray went on to insist that he wants to remain reasonable with his demands in the upcoming window, as he looks to carry the momentum from the early stages of this season into 2019.
“I’m trying, without stamping my feet and saying ‘I want X millions of pounds’, to say ‘if we can do this then it can make a difference to this department’ and ‘if we can add something here then we can get that bit better’
“They are seeing and understanding that and supporting it. There are the little things that I’m asking for and I would have to say they have been fantastically supportive of me.
“There are costs attached to those and in an environment where potentially you do have to be careful of the pounds otherwise they can run away, they have been supportive and I hope that’s because they see a potential of us moving forward as a club.”