Mowbray to repeat glory days from his playing time at Middlesbrough

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Middlesbrough fans have seen their wish granted as the club have confirmed Tony Mowbray as their new manager.

The club’s travelling supporters made it clear who they wanted as their new boss in the recent away defeat at Norwich and chairman Steve Gibson has reached the same decision.

Mowbray was a former inspiration captain of Middlesbrough as the club climbed the football pyramid in the 1980s, making close to 500 appearances, and will be keen to bring back some more glory days.

Middlesbrough have had little to smile about so far this season as they have failed to live to their tag of pre-season Championship title-winning favourites.

They lie third from bottom after 13 games, having won just three games and collecting 11 points to sit a point above the foot of the standings.

This has resulted in them drifting to 50/1 to win the Championship and Mowbray will have the task of closing the 18-point gap on current leaders QPR and Cardiff.

However, he has only ten points to bridge to lift Middlesbrough into the play-off places.

Mowbray has Championship experience from his successful spell at West Brom and this could have been among the reasons why he beat the likes of Paul Ince and Gary Megson to the post.

Meanwhile, he also knows a number of the playing staff from his stint as Celtic boss, with Scott McDonald, Barry Robson and Willo Flood all having played under the manager in Scotland.

Mowbray is likely to pick the team for the next game at home to fellow relegation contenders Bristol City, with the winners standing a strong chance of climbing out of the bottom three.

Middlesbrough are 5/6 to beat Bristol City, although the game at the Riverside between the pair last season finished goalless.

Bristol City won their home game against Middlesbrough last season 2-1. See the whole Middlesbrough vs Bristol City match betting odds market.

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