Tony Mowbray remains relaxed over his Rovers future despite no talks having begun about a new contract.

Mowbray will lead Rovers for the 250th time at Luton Town this afternoon and only five managers have won more games than his 104.

He will reach five years in charge at Ewood Park next month but his last contract signed in December 2018 expires in the summer and as yet no talks over an extension have taken place.

That is despite Mowbray having guided Rovers to second in the Championship but the remaining games, rather than his future, are his main concern

“It’s never been mentioned and I’m relaxed about that,” Mowbray said.

“It’s football management, it’s up and down, you can be brilliant one week and terrible the next.

“We’ve got 18 games to go and who says somewhere in that cycle I’m not terrible again.

“I’m relaxed, I understand the business, it’s not an issue.”

As well as not being concerned by his contractual situation, Mowbray equally isn’t one for accolades or milestones as he gets ready to take charge of his 250th Rovers game.

He knows winning matches will always dictate longevity of any manager as he approaches five years in charge, but Mowbray does hold the ambition to manage in the Premier League once again.

“My whole life is about football and my family,” he said.

“Accolades? Someone was saying to me the other day, ‘how did you not get manager of the month?’

“You get a little glass trophy, I’ve got 20 of them stuck in my office, why do I want another one? It’s about winning football matches on Saturday and Tuesday night.

“It’s not about your accolades or how many games you’ve won. If you don’t win enough games then you won’t be a manager for very long.

“That’s what football is. It doesn’t matter to me what the stats are saying.

“If I want to manage another five or 10 years, hopefully I can do it because I’m helping teams win football matches.

“If I don’t win, people will say ‘when are you going to retire, Tony?’ I think football retires you, really.

“You don’t win football matches, the phone doesn’t ring when you’re out of work and then you’re retired.

“That’s the harshness of it and I understand it, I have from the day I started. I have to find a way to win with the group of players I’ve got and find the best way to play with this group of players to win the match.

“Whether that’s total football or total defence, or whatever it might be, you have to win.

“Football fans only really care at the end of the day about three points.”

Meanwhile, Rovers are closing in on the permanent signing of Aberdeen forward Ryan Hedges.

The 26-year-old travelled up to East Lancashire yesterday to undergo a medical after the two clubs reached a six-figure fee.

That will see Hedges move to Ewood Park on a permanent deal, with the club having previously looked to sign him on a pre-contract deal that would have seen him arrive in the summer.

The injury that Dilan Markanday has seen Rovers bring those plans forward, with Hedges set to become the club’s next signing in advance of Monday’s 11pm deadline.