Tony Mowbray has predicted a summer of change at Rovers – the make-up of which will be determined by the budget.

Rovers face contract decisions on 11 players, while the five loanees will all return to their parent clubs, leading to an overhaul of the playing squad.

Mowbray has come under increasing pressure from supporters during a wretched run of just two wins in 17 matches, but the indications are that Rovers will stick by their manager heading into the summer, believing the unique nature of this season has played a part in the side's struggles.

Seven of the starting line-up in the 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday, their 19th of the season, aren’t contracted beyond the final three games, while Mowbray has another year left to run on his deal.

And he says the improvements Rovers make going forward will all be down to their recruitment.

“It’s going to be a summer of pretty big change,” the manager said.

“There’s a lot of loan players, players out of contract, there will be some change.

“We’ll see how good recruitment is and if you can bring that quality in then things will improve.

“The better footballers you’ve got the more right options the players will pick more often and that will help the team score more goals.

“We have a lot of young players too who have a hell of a lot of improvement still to come.”

Adam Armstrong’s 21 goals this season has already seen him attract Premier League interest, and heading into the final 12 months of his deal, the 24-year-old could be the most high profile departure this summer.

Mowbray has already outlined how a player sale could be key to the prospect of re-shaping the squad with finances expected to be tight.

He added: “We will have to see what the budget is l like, what the salary level of the group is and see how much we’ve got to spend. Then we’ll have to see whether we’re going to sign free transfers, loans, or if you’ll have to sell a player to buy players.

“That’s what the summer time normally is, how are you going to improve your team for the next year?”