Former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray makes his stance clear on Scottish football return

By David Walton

May 10, 2022

Former Celtic boss Tony Mowbray has rejected the idea that he’ll be returning to Scottish football.

Mowbray looks set to leave Blackburn Rovers at the end of the season and has been linked with a potential return to Easter Road to manage Hibs [Scottish Sun].

The ex-Hoops manager was in charge of Hibs between 2004 and 06 before heading down to West Brom where he bagged promotion to the EPL. Mowbray was then given the Celtic job where things started getting disastrous as he failed to last the season.

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Tony hasn’t been back in Scottish football since, and he’s flat out refused the idea of doing so this summer too.

As quoted by Football Scotland, Mowbray said: “I think a club that is ambitious, a club that wants to get to the Premier League [for his next job].

“I would suggest not Scottish football, I have done the pinnacle of Scottish football. It didn’t work out for me. I think a challenge to get to the Premier League in the hugely competitive division this is would be an ideal situation for me.”

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It actually would’ve been nice to see Mowbray back in Scottish football once again. You would’ve thought that the prospect of rebuilding his reputation up here may have been appealing to him.

Evidently, however, he still targets EPL football one day in the future. That seems to have consumed his managerial ambitions ever since he left Celtic back in 2010.

Seeing Mowbray back at Hibs would certainly have been a throwback. Seeing him back at Parkhead with them would’ve felt absolutely bizarre too. But there would’ve been a charm to it. Mowbray didn’t fail at Celtic because he didn’t try – he just wasn’t the right man for the job that needed doing.

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Since leaving Parkhead he’s still to really capture the success he’s after. Spells with the likes of Middlesbrough, Coventry, and now Blackburn haven’t reaped the ultimate reward for him. But given he’s taken Blackburn to within a sniff of the playoff places, he’s likely to find a role in the Championship next year.

All the best to Mowbray as he looks to find his way back into the EPL. But for now? It looks as though any potential return to Scottish football is 100% off the table.

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