Blackburn Rovers have hired Jon Dahl Tomasson as their new head coach to replace Tony Mowbray five years after the Englishman’s first transfer window in charge at Ewood Park.
The Lancashire natives appointed Mowbray to the helm in February 2017 a day after Owen Coyle left by mutual consent. Rovers sat just 23rd in the Championship standings and were only three points from the relegation zone when he took over, but failed to avoid the drop.
Mowbray would lead Blackburn to an immediate promotion back into the second-tier and sealed two top-half finishes. But he left his position as the Championship’s longest-serving boss in May after a best finish of eighth-place, having only won five of their last 20 games.
Blackburn Rovers have hired Jon Dahl Tomasson to replace Tony Mowbray
Blackburn have now confirmed the hiring of Tomasson to replace Mowbray in the hot seat. The Venky’s gave the 45-year-old their rubber-stamp once the club named their preferred candidate after concluding their interview process last week, per the Lancashire Telegraph.
Tomasson had been out of work since leaving Malmo in January after leading the Swedish club to back-to-back top-flight titles. He now moves to England with a three-year contract alongside incoming assistant coach Remy Reijnierse and performance director Ben Rosen.
At least eight candidates were interviewed across 10 days last month following Mowbray’s departure from Ewood Park. Blackburn will hope hiring Tomasson as their new head coach will return promotion to the Premier League 10 years since they were last in the top-flight.
Rovers backed Mowbray in his first transfer window in charge five years ago to help secure promotion from League One. So, with that in mind, where are Mowbray’s first transfers as Blackburn manager now, as Rovers confirm the hiring of Tomasson as his Ewood Park heir?
Tomasson will aim to build promotion-worthy side as Blackburn hire new boss
Mowbray agreed 14 transfers during his first window as Blackburn’s head coach in 2017 to build a promotion-worthy side, as Tomasson will now aim to build after Rovers announced the hiring of the 112-cap former Denmark and Newcastle United star as their newest boss.
The Ewood Park hierarchy green lit 10 permanent deals in the summer sales, while loaning Harry Chapman from Middlesbrough, Paul Downing from MK Dons, Rekeem Harper from West Brom and Marcus Antonsson from Leeds United to offer Mowbray some extra depth.
Antonsson would return to Leeds at the end of the 2017/18 season, while Harper returned to West Brom in January. They are now playing at Varnamo and Ipswich Town respectively, whereas Blackburn made Downing and Chapman’s temporary moves permanent in 2018.
Downing would only stay at Ewood Park until 2019, however, when the centre-back joined Portsmouth, who will release him this summer. Meanwhile, Blackburn confirmed Chapman will leave the club once his contract expires on June 30 after offering one goal in 35 games.
Bradley Dack proved to be Mowbray’s marquee signing in summer 2017
Bradley Dack proved to be Mowbray’s marquee signing in the summer of 2017 as he left Gillingham for Blackburn. The midfielder has gone on to make 140 appearances with the Lancashire outfit across all competitions, while providing 50 goals and 25 assists to date.
Dominic Samuel now at Ross County five years after Ewood Park arrival
Dominic Samuel is now plying his trade in the Scottish Premiership with Ross County five years on from joining Blackburn. Mowbray signed the centre-forward from Reading and would call on his services until 2020, when Gillingham swooped for a one-season wonder.
Peter Whittingham spent one season under Tony Mowbray at Blackburn
Peter Whittingham spent a season under Mowbray at Blackburn after joining from Cardiff City for the 2017/18 term. The midfielder would feature in 24 games before he departed in August, but never played again before tragically passing away at the age of just 35 in 2020.
Paul Caddis a year retired after brief spells at Bradford and Swindon
Paul Caddis is a year retired, having called time on his career in July following brief spells at Bradford City and Swindon Town after leaving Blackburn. The right-back featured 21 times for Rovers after joining from Bury, but would fail to earn a second season under Mowbray.
Hull City to release club captain Richard Smallwood this summer
Richard Smallwood enjoyed three years at Blackburn after joining from Rotherham United in 2017. The midfielder would leave Ewood Park for Hull City in 2020, where he went on to play 73 times and took up the captaincy. But the Tigers have now released the 31-year-old.
Joe Nuttall now at Scunthorpe three years on from Blackburn departure
Mowbray signed Joe Nuttall from Aberdeen in 2017 and would call on his services for two years before selling the forward to Blackpool. Yet the Manchester-born attacker could not outdo 37 Rovers outings before leaving the Seasiders for Scunthorpe United this January.
Charlie Albinson now in Scottish Premiership with Ayr United
Tomasson will hope to sign better players than Mowbray’s move for Ramsbottom’s Charlie Albinson after Blackburn hired their new manager. The goalkeeper failed to make a senior appearance before leaving in 2019, and is now in the Scottish Premiership with Ayr United.
Ben Gladwin now back at Swindon Town after three-year Blackburn stay
Ben Gladwin returned to Swindon in July upon leaving MK Dons, who signed the midfielder from Blackburn a year prior. He had previously played for Swindon from 2013 to 2016 and on loan in 2017 before leaving Queens Park Rangers for Ewood Park, but played 11 games.
Jayson Leutwiler now on third club since Blackburn farewell in 2020
Mowbray signed Jayson Leutwiler from Shrewsbury Town in 2017, but the goalkeeper only played 13 times before leaving Blackburn. He left Ewood Park for Fleetwood Town in 2020, yet was on the move again in 2021 when joining Huddersfield Town then Oldham Athletic.
Sam Hart now at Oldham Athletic after failed Blackburn career
Sam Hart is now plying his trade with Oldham after failing to make the grade at Blackburn. Mowbray signed him from Liverpool in 2017, yet only played seven games around loans to Rochdale, Southend and Shrewsbury before being released in 2020 and joining Southend.
Tomasson will hope his first transfers as Blackburn’s new head coach are more Dack than Hart, after replacing Mowbray in the Ewood Park hot seat five years after his first window.