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.
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.
Condolences to all Blackburn Rovers fans as news filters through that Tony Mowbray has been appointed their new manager. pic.twitter.com/NHiDSU9Epg— Celtic Family (@CelticFamily) February 22, 2017
He’s bringing sexy back , he’s gonnae get the sack— Conor (@Conor_Celtic67) February 22, 2017
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Mowbray had a worse win % at Celtic than Dr Venglos and the 3rd worse in their entire history. How does he get work?!— dave (@doc3d) February 22, 2017
@IIIRFIII I remember it as a really, really bad time mate. And my main memory is Mowbray inspiring zero confidence or passion.— Gastro Celtic (@Gastro_Celtic) February 22, 2017
@talkSPORT Hi Jim and Tony. Mowbray? Mowbray? He crippled Celtic and was our worst ever manager and look at Coventry now! Bound for failure— JOHN MARUSKA (@judekelly01) February 22, 2017
With my Celtic & rovers head on I ain’t best pleased that Tony Mowbray is the new manager at Ewood,bad enough when he was Celtic manager— Lloyd Patrick Jepson (@lloydybhoy90) February 22, 2017
Good luck @Rovers ur Goni need it he cldnt win at home he cldnt win away Tony Mowbray lots of love Celtic— Joe Jardine (@joseyst) February 22, 2017