Rovers have confirmed that Tony Mowbray will leave the club after five years in charge.

The club have issued a statement four days after the end of the 2021/22 Championship season in which Rovers finished in eighth position.

Mowbray announced he would be leaving at the end of his contract prior to the final home game of the season with Bournemouth when Rovers’ hopes of reaching the top six ended.

The 58-year-old leaves as Rovers’ second-longest serving post-War manager, with the win at Birmingham City his 267th game in charge of the club. He won 107 matches, with 70 draws and 89 defeats, and a win ratio of 40 per cent.

As expected, Mowbray held a debrief of the season with staff this week and met with chief executive Steve Waggott today before the club issued a statement on his future.

The club statement read: "Now that the 2021/22 season has come to an end, Blackburn Rovers wish to clarify the position of our first team manager.

"Following internal discussions between the club and Tony Mowbray, it has been jointly agreed that Tony will be leaving the club on the completion of his current contract."

Mowbray led the club to promotion from League One in 2017/18 and leaves after the club's highest league finish in eight years.

The club’s owners said: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank Tony for the way he has headed up the football management of the club and the tremendous amount of effort and self-sacrifice he made during his time at the club.

“We appreciate the hard work he has put in during his tenure, nearly avoiding relegation out of the Championship and for then getting us promoted out of League One at the first time of asking. Also for all the work that has been done behind the scenes to develop a strong young team that we hope to build upon in future years.

“We wish him well now and also in any future role he may undertake."

Rovers’ CEO Steve Waggott added: “This is the second club that I have worked closely with Tony and I have total respect for him not only as a very good footballing manager, but also as a very honest and decent human being.

“He has brought stability to the club during his tenure and has created a platform for his successor to build on, by leaving behind the nucleus of a talented young squad. I wish him all the best in the future.”

The club say the recruitment process for appointing a new manager will now begin.