Blackburn owners Venky’s have offered their full backing to manager Tony Mowbray following the club’s relegation from the Championship.
The former Celtic boss only took over the reins at Ewood Park in February and lost just three of his 15 matches at the helm, but it was not enough to keep the club up.
The Blue and Whites will now play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1980 next season, 22 years after they were crowned Premier League champions.
Venky’s only bought the Lancashire club in 2010, when they were still plying their trade in the top flight, and have been through eight managers over the past seven years.
The owners insist Mowbray is the man to lead the club back to the Championship next season.
A statement from the owners read: “The owners wish to place on record their appreciation for the work of manager Tony Mowbray since his arrival, during which time performances and results have improved significantly.
“He will continue to have our full support. This is very sad and we are deeply hurt by these events.
We’re confident the team, under Tony’s leadership, will enable the club to achieve promotion back to the Championship next season.”