Rovers face a ‘renovation not a rebuild’ as Gregg Broughton looks to take the club forward following his appointment as director of football.

Broughton credited the work of Tony Mowbray during his five-and-a-half years in charge for putting the club on stable footing.

It is for that reason that Broughton says his job, and that of new head coach Jon Dahl Tomasson, is made easier.

While there is undoubtedly work to do, not least with the playing squad following the departure of several key players and implementing the ideas of Tomasson, Broughton says the foundations are in place from which to do so.

Broughton’s focus is purely on recruitment, before his attentions turn to other areas of the club, but he is pleased with what he has inherited.

He said: “Sometimes you can get parachuted into a club because you have to turn that around, both in terms of the head coach and also a director of football.

“This isn’t the case here, that’s what is so appealing.

“This is a renovation not a rebuild. We are building on the foundations that Tony Mowbray and his team have put in place.”

Despite that, Broughton will ask for patience from supporters given the level of the change at the club.

Not only have Rovers changed head coach after five-and-a-half years, they have also restructured their footballing operations, with Broughton brought in to head up that side of the club.

Rovers finished eighth last season under Mowbray, their joint-highest finish since relegation from the Premier League 10 years ago, with the task of Broughton and Tomasson to help Rovers make that next step into the top six.

He added: “It will take time, we do ask for patience, because we have to change the team to the way that Jon wants to play, and we have recruited Jon to play that way.

“The foundations are so strong, the staff are in place, the Academy and the great work they have done, everything is in place.

“I have to keep preaching patience, people will get sick of me saying it.

“But if you’re going to be integrating young players, develop players of your own, it’s going to take time.

“It might take one or two transfer windows to get it to where we want, but hopefully the supporters will see Jon’s effect straight away on how he wants the team to play, but it might take a little bit of time to get the consistency of the performances.”


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