The 53-year-old endured a dismal spell north of the border with Celtic but he’s got arguably an even bigger test at Blackburn Rovers.

Good luck Tony Mowbray. God knows you’ll need it. The seventh manager since the infamous Venky takeover in 2010, the fact that the 53-year-old’s chances of bettering Owen Coyle’s seventh month reign appear fairly unlikely is a testament to the madcap tomfoolery that has gripped Elland Road in recent seasons.

On the other hand, this is a man with proven Championship experience. He won the league itself with West Bromwich Albion, albeit nine years ago. Furthermore, ‘Mogga’ helped set Middlesbrough on the path to greater things, revamping the club after the horrific reign of Gordon Strachan.

Mowbray may not be the most instantly inspiring appointment but Blackburn fans can at least rest easy in knowing that he is no Steve Kean, no Henning Berg, no Michael Appleton. The former Boro centre-back has lower league nous by the bucketload, even if he arrives at Ewood Park from bottom-of-the-table League One outfit Coventry City.

Though you could perhaps understand Celtic fans for harbouring rather different views of the new Rovers boss. Winning just 23 of his 45 games in charge at Parkhead, Mowbray still boasts the worst win percentage of any Bhoys manager since Lou Macari from 1993/94.

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Even John Barnes would get served in the bars of Glasgow quicker.

Needless to say, Mowbray was sacked eight months into his reign and fans still wake in cold sweats, gripped by shuddering memories of that 4-0 defeat to St Mirren.

From their perspective, they wouldn’t wish Mowbray on anyone.

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