Blackburn Rovers underline backing for Tony Mowbray with extended deal

The 1995 Premier League winners face life in League One next season

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Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray during the Sky Bet Championship match at Griffin Park, London. Scott Heavey/PA Wire/PA Images

Blackburn Rovers head coach Tony Mowbray has signed a new two year contract after meeting with the club's owners in India.

He has been given their backing to guide them back to the Championship, following the team's relegation to League One last season.

Mowbray has the option of extending his deal by another year.

The former West Brom, Middlesbrough and Celtic manager took charge in February following the club's decision to part ways with ex-Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle.

Speaking to the Blackburn Rovers official website after signing his new deal, Mowbray is under no illusion about the difficulty of regaining their Championship status at the first attempt.

"I think it's important to state from the outset that League One is a difficult league. League One is a hard, attritional, physical league, but our aim has to be to win promotion in season one," he said.

"I know how difficult that's going to be, because there's some pretty big teams still in League One – the likes of Charlton, Portsmouth, Wigan, Bradford etc – so there's going to be plenty of competition and we need to make sure we’re at our best in every game, but the bigger goal isn't League One.

"The bigger goal is to push on past the Championship if we can. We have to first and foremost re-establish ourselves back in the Championship if we can get the job done next season and then to aim for the Premier League."