Rovers expect confirmation of Jon Dahl Tomasson’s work permit approval shortly, with the head coach set to meet the squad for the first time tomorrow.

Tomasson has now arrived in the UK ahead of his official unveiling at a press conference on Thursday. Prior to that, he is expected to meet with the Rovers squad for the first time, with his work permit expected to be in place by then.

It has always been expected that would be a straightforward process, given he spent two years as head coach of Malmo, and holding the UEFA Pro Licence qualification.

New assistant coach Remy Reijnierse is also in need of a work permit, though performance Ben Rosen is able to start work straight away.

The players returned for testing this week, with pre-season training starting in earnest next week, with Tomasson then having two full weeks to work with his squad before the first friendly at Accrington Stanley on Saturday, July 9.

The 45-year-old was appointed as Rovers head coach on Tuesday, after the legal formalities of the deal were tied up on Monday night. His unveiling followed the appointment of Gregg Broughton as director of football last week.

Looking forward to working with the players, Tomasson said: “Pre-season is similar for every club in every league in every country. 

“I’m really looking forward to working with all the players we have and the members of staff we have as well.

“There will be new people to meet, we have a lot of quality and I’m looking forward to working with everyone at the club.”

Tomasson worked with both Reijnierse and Rosen during his time at Malmo, and feels their presence at the club will be a big help to him settling in.

Rovers retained the services of David Lowe, Ben Benson and Damien Johnson, with the first-team coaching set-up now in place following the departure of Tony Mowbray and his assistant Mark Venus.


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