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Mowbray expects to face Hurst’s ‘dynamic and energetic’ Ipswich on opening day

PUBLISHED: 18:25 24 June 2018

Ex-Ipswich Town favourite Tony Mowbray will visit Portman Road as Blackburn Rovers manager on the opening day. Picture: PA

Ex-Ipswich Town favourite Tony Mowbray will visit Portman Road as Blackburn Rovers manager on the opening day. Picture: PA

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Blackburn manager Tony Mowbray expects to face an Ipswich side full of ‘dynamism and energy’ when he opens the new season against his former club.

Paul Hurst officially started work as Ipswich Town manager last week Picture: STEVE WALLERPaul Hurst officially started work as Ipswich Town manager last week Picture: STEVE WALLER

Mowbray will bring his Rovers side to Portman Road on August 4 to open the Championship campaign, having successfully battled for promotion from League One against new Blues boss Paul Hurst’s Shrewsbury side last season.

The former Ipswich defender was linked with the Portman Road job early in Marcus Evans’ recruitment process, but is now fully focussed on a return to the Championship with Blackburn.

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“We’re away to Ipswich for the first game and it’s a team with a new manager who will have had an impact on his team and will be aiming to get off to a good start,” Mowbray said.

“We saw from Paul’s Shrewsbury team how dynamic and energetic they were. They are all tough games in the Championship though.

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“The fixtures look alright to me, but to be honest, as a manager, you have to play everyone twice so I never have a strong opinion on the fixtures!

“We have to play them all at some point so we’ll be getting ourselves prepared for each battle over the course of pre-season. We’re all excited by the challenge.”

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