Rovers director of football Gregg Broughton believes Jon Dahl Tomasson is the man to help take the club’s vision forward.

Tomasson was appointed as Rovers’ new head coach, with Broughton believing the Dane can help build on the foundations laid by Tony Mowbray during his five-year tenure.

Rovers’ football restructure is complete, hiring a director of football in Broughton to work alongside a head coach, with Tomasson only the club’s second manager from outside the UK and Ireland.

The pair will now look to lead Rovers’ vision which will centre on player development, the Academy and savvy recruitment in a bid to make strides towards the Premier League.

“While considering how we want to build the club, how we want our teams to play and how we want to recruit and develop players, Jon was the standout candidate,” Broughton explained.

“As a coach with the Danish national team, he was part of a team that were unbeaten for two years and then as head coach of Malmo, Jon led the club to successive league titles and became only the fourth Swedish team this century to qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.

“This on-field success was achieved while playing an aggressive, offensive style of football, giving young players opportunities and building clear development frameworks for players.

“It was a long and thorough process, involving lots of research and background checks, and we would like to thank all of the supporters, players and staff for their patience during this period.

“We are excited about developing the owners’ vision on the pitch and we look forward to building on the solid foundations laid by Tony Mowbray.”

The appointment of Tomasson ended a month-long search for Rovers following the departure of Tony Mowbray at the end of his contract.

Chief executive Steve Waggott has led that search, and believes Rovers have secured a coach who can help lead the club forward in a new era.

He said: “It has been a long process, but we are really pleased to have eventually secured the services of such a young and ambitious coach in Jon.

“His work around developing players, along with demanding a culture of giving everything to the club, is exactly what we need at this juncture.

“His passion, purpose and humility shone through in his interviews and we obviously have high hopes that he will build on the platform that has been established over the last five years.

“Jon will work closely with Gregg Broughton, myself and the board in what we all hope will be an exciting chapter in the club’s history.”


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