Tony Mowbray makes Blackburn Rovers remark after taking over as new Sunderland boss

New Sunderland boss Tony Mowbray believes he will encounter a rebuilding process at the Stadium of Light similar to the challenges he discovered at Blackburn Rovers.

Mowbray left road in May after more than five years in the dugout at Ewood Park. He has since been replaced at the Lancashire club by Jon Dahl Tomasson.

Mowbray’s contract at Blackburn expired this summer and the 58-year-old has been out of work for three months. But the former Rovers boss is now back at work in his native north-east.

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He signed a two-year contract with Championship side Sunderland. He fills the void left after former boss Alex Neil left the club to join Stoke City.

Mowbray spoke for the first time since taking over at the Stadium of Light. He anticipates a rebuilding process similar to the one he undertook at Rovers during his time there.

Speaking to the club’s website, Mowbray said: “I grew up in the North East and always remember my experiences at Roker Park with great fondness – the emotion, the passion and the size of Sunderland AFC.

“It’s a huge opportunity to continue the good work that has taken place over the past two years and I hope the fans can see that this football club is on the way back.

“It’s a journey – I come from Blackburn Rovers and like here it was a rebuilding process – but we want to win and we will be aggressive.

“The players have to understand what they are fighting for because they are the flag bearers of the city and win, lose or draw, we have to ensure that those who come to see us see a team that gives everything in every game. “

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