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Mowbray explains stepping aside at Birmingham

Mowbray explains stepping aside at Birmingham

Birmingham City have been rocked by the news that manager Tony Mowbray is stepping down.

The veteran was only hired midway through the season after Wayne Rooney’s sacking.

However, Mowbray has to depart temporarily due to illness for anywhere from six to eight weeks.

Mowbray is unlikely to make an appearance before the end of the season for the club.

Mowbray said: “Following my recent LMA Health Assessment I have received a medical diagnosis that will require me to receive treatment. Undergoing treatment will necessitate that I temporarily step away from the technical area as manager of Birmingham City Football Club.

“Until I return, my assistant manager, Mark Venus, will take temporary charge of the team, supported by coaches Ashley Cole, Pete Shuttleworth and Maik Taylor. I will continue to provide advice and counsel while undergoing treatment.

“The club has been incredibly supportive of me and my family and we are very grateful. I know that everyone will be respectful of our privacy at this time.”

Birmingham City Chief Executive Officer, Garry Cook, added: “Our thoughts are with Tony, his wife Amber, and family. We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming Tony back to the club to continue the excellent work that he has started.”

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