Jon Dahl Tomasson says he has bought into Rovers’ project, and was enthused by watching the team in training for the first time on Thursday.

Tomasson was officially unveiled yesterday afternoon, having spent the morning meeting with the players and also watching training.

With his work permit set to be tied up ahead of him leading training next week, Tomasson watched on from the sidelines as the Rovers squad got to work.

He then met with the media for the first time at Ewood Park, a first visit to the ground for the Danish coach since taking charge, with the hope of restoring Rovers to his former glories.

“It’s many years ago that I played at Newcastle and (Sir) Kenny Dalglish picked me up to play with (Alan) Shearer - he got injured and those two played an extremely important role in the history and tradition of Blackburn Rovers,” he said.

“We need to create another chapter for this perfect club with lots of tradition.

“If you look at the quality around, the ground, I think it is perfect. We are looking forward to working there and I will say it again - this is not about being successful tomorrow, it is a project.

“We are ambitious and it’s about winning games in the right way, entertaining people and developing people, the players, the team and the club as well.”

Despite aiming high, Tomasson knows it will take time to integrate his methods, with the club taking a player development approach to their bid to get out of the Championship.

“This is a plan, a project,” he added.

“It’s what I bought into - building success not only for tomorrow but for further, which you can keep for a steady period. Everyone wants this club to get back to the Premier League - where it belongs, if you look at the history.

“We need to be clever, do the right things and pick up the right players with the way we want to play football - an intense game.

“The previous manager has done an excellent job and the club is stable in a way. We will be working hard from day one, I can promise the fans, to get things right.”

It is the dawn of a new era for Rovers, with a head coach in Tomasson working under a director of football in Gregg Broughton.

Tomasson will lead matters on the pitch, and is excited to start working with the players and getting his ideas across.

“It’s not about formations, it’s about principles and doing the right things,” he explained.

“They have to get used to those for sure, and we’ll start working at that on Monday.

“That why this period is going to be extremely important, but really fun, and that gives me energy, to work those lads every day.

“I like to be dominant with and without the ball, intense, play a quick game. I don’t like to play possession, just to play possession, because then the fans will be bored, I will be bored, the players will be bored. We need to create something.

“I was already excited when I watched training,” he said.

“Great attitude, perfect spirit, they want to become better and that’s what you need to see. Sometimes, with new eyes as well, you see new stuff in players, doing different things.”

His appointment has been received well, something Tomasson has felt, and once his whirlwind start to life in the job settles down, he’s looking forward to meeting them.

“It’s great to hear to be honest,” he said.

“I haven’t seen that many fans yet, because I was at the ground the whole day. Look around, this is a football stadium with real English tradition and passion, which you like. Every manager and every footballer wants to be involved in something like this.”


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