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Tony Mowbray
Personal information
Full name Anthony Mark Mowbray
Date of birth 22 November 1963 (1963-11-22) (age 46)
Place of birth Saltburn, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Celtic
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1991 Middlesbrough 348 (25)
1991–1995 Celtic 78 (6)
1995–2000 Ipswich Town 128 (5)
National team
1989 England B 3 (0)
Teams managed
2002 Ipswich Town (interim manager)
2004–2006 Hibernian
2006–2009 West Bromwich Albion
2009– Celtic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Anthony Mark "Tony" Mowbray.(born 22 November 1963) is an English former professional football player who is currently the manager of Celtic. Mowbray played for Middlesbrough, Celtic and Ipswich Town as a defender.

He began his coaching career with Ipswich Town and took his first managerial job at Scottish Premier League side Hibernian, where he won the Scottish Football Writers' Association Manager of the Year award. He moved on to West Bromwich Albion in 2006, where he won the Football League Championship in 2008, but then suffered relegation from the Premier League the following year.


Playing career


Born in nearby Saltburn, he became the club captain when he was 22 years old. The club was in dire straits at the time and had gone into liquidation. Known to the Boro fans as "Mogga", he became a legend in Middlesbrough for being the local lad who led the club from liquidation back to the top flight of English football. Mowbray was the linchpin around which the Middlesbrough team was built for more than a decade. The Middlesbrough club fanzine Fly me to the Moon is named after a famous quote that the then Middlesbrough manager Bruce Rioch said about Mowbray - “If I had to fly to the moon I’d take Tony Mowbray, my captain, with me. He’s a magnificent man”. He was sold to Celtic in 1991 for a fee of £1million.


During his playing career with Celtic, Mowbray's wife Bernadette, a native of Renfrewshire, died of breast cancer. It is often asserted that the "huddle" which Celtic players still perform before each match was arranged as a tribute to Bernadette.[1] However, it was merely suggested by Mowbray on a pre-season tour of Germany to bring the squad together at a time of uncertainty.[citation needed] The dignified manner in which he handled the tragedy of Bernadette was recorded in his book Kissed by an Angel and won him respect from all sides of Scottish football.


He later moved on to Ipswich Town, where he played for five years, becoming the team captain. He scored an equalising goal in the 2000 Division One playoff final victory against Barnsley. Ipswich won the match 4-2 and secured promotion to the FA Premier League. This match was the last of Mowbray's playing career.

Coaching career

Once his playing career finished he moved into coaching, starting as a first team coach at Ipswich Town. He had a brief spell as caretaker manager of Ipswich, following the sacking of George Burley and prior to the appointment of Joe Royle.[2]


In May 2004, Mowbray was appointed manager of Hibernian, replacing Bobby Williamson.[3] He gained much acclaim for the job he did, winning the Scottish Football Writers' Association manager of the year award in his first season.[4] Hibs finished in the top four in the SPL in his only two full seasons in charge, which was the first time that Hibs had done this in the top division in consecutive seasons since Eddie Turnbull was manager.

Hibs progressed to the later stages of every domestic cup competition in his tenure and made two appearances in European football. Hibs lost heavily to Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk in the first round of the 2005-06 UEFA Cup and on the away goals rule to OB Odense in the 2006 Intertoto Cup. During mid-2006, Mowbray was interviewed for the vacant managerial position at Ipswich Town, but he rejected their approach.[5] In September 2006 he signed a 12 month rolling deal with Hibs that was due to take effect from July 2007.[6] Just one month later however, Mowbray moved to West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich Albion

In early October 2006, media reports linked him with the vacant managerial position at West Brom. On 10 October, it was confirmed by West Brom that they had asked Hibernian for permission to interview Mowbray, which was granted the following day. On 13 October, West Bromwich Albion announced that they had appointed Mowbray as their new manager.[7]

Mowbray replaced Bryan Robson as Albion manager, and immediately faced the task of returning the Baggies to the Premier League after relegation under Robson the previous season. Although he managed to turn around the club's poor away form, an indifferent run of results at home towards the end of the season meant that Albion finished fourth in The Championship table behind Sunderland, Birmingham City and Derby County, and faced the lottery of the Football League Play-Offs. Despite two famous victories over old rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers in the semi finals, Albion lost 1–0 to Derby County in the Wembley final.

As a result, during the close season, Mowbray set about restructuring his squad, moving out several of Robson's players for multi-million pound fees, after press reports of dressing room division.[8] High profile players such as Jason Koumas, Diomansy Kamara and Curtis Davies were sold to Premier League clubs for large fees, in addition to the departures of Paul McShane, Nathan Ellington, Darren Carter and Steve Watson. Mowbray replaced them by signing a total of 14 permanent and loan players in the summer transfer window, making an overall profit in the process. His most expensive signings were Chris Brunt from Sheffield Wednesday for £3 million, Leon Barnett from Luton Town for £2.5 million, and James Morrison from Middlesbrough for £1.5 million.

Despite the large changes in his squad, Mowbray won the Football League Championship Manager of the Month award in September 2007, after Albion gained 13 out of the maximum 15 points and climbed to 2nd in the Division.[9] At the start of 2008, Mowbray's young Albion team topped the table, receiving growing plaudits from the media[10] and supporters[11] alike for their attractive brand of attacking one touch passing football, a reflection of Mowbray's staunch footballing philosophy.[12]

Mowbray guided West Brom to the Football League Championship title, meaning promotion to the Premier League and reached the semi-final of the FA Cup. The semi-final, the first to be played at the new Wembley Stadium, pitted West Brom against Portsmouth, the only remaining Premier League team left in the FA Cup. Portsmouth won the match 1-0 with the only goal of the game coming from Kanu. Mowbray won the Championship manager of the month award for April,[13] as well as the League Managers Association manager of the year award.[14]

After a poor 2008-09 season, West Brom were relegated from the Premier League, finishing 20th.


On 8 June 2009 it was reported that Celtic had made an approach to West Bromwich Albion for Mowbray, to replace Gordon Strachan who left Celtic after taking the club to 3 league titles in a row as their manager.[15] A compensation fee of £3 million was agreed, and Celtic declared Mowbray as their new manager on 16 June 2009.[16] He was unveiled as Celtic manager at a press conference on the 17th of June 2009.[17]. His coaching team will be Neil Lennon, Peter Grant, Mark Venus and Stevie Woods.[18] On 12 September 2009 was named as the Coach of the Month of August in the Scottish Premier League[19]. During the 2009–10 season, Mowbray has been described as "beleagured" by The Herald, as Celtic fell 10 points behind Old Firm rivals Rangers in the SPL title race after a 2–1 home defeat by Hibs.[20] Mowbray decided to make significant changes to his squad during the January 2010 transfer window, selling Gary Caldwell and Barry Robson, which apparently caused disruption to the team in the immediate aftermath of those deals being completed.[20] As of 28 January 2010, Mowbray's record as Celtic manager was worse than John Barnes, who was sacked midway through his first season in charge.[21]


As a player


As a manager

Personal life

Mowbray is married to Amber and has two sons, Lucas and Max.[22] The couple are expecting their third child shortly. Mowbray has been teetotal since around the age of 19.[23] Mowbray's first wife, Bernadette died on New Year's Day 1995, aged 24, just eight months after their marriage.[24]



As of 19:27, 14 February 2010 (UTC).[25]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Ipswich Town (caretaker manager) England 11 October 2002 28 October 2002 4 1 1 2 25
Hibernian Scotland 24 May 2004 13 October 2006 108 52 16 40 48.15
West Bromwich Albion England 18 October 2006 16 June 2009 140 57 32 51 40.71
Celtic Scotland 16 June 2009 Present 39 19 9 11 48.72
Total 291 129 58 104 44.33


  1. ^ Jawad, Hyder (14 October 2006). "Shaped by passion and grief". Birmingham Post. Retrieved 1 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Davies, Christopher (2002-10-11). "Mowbray holds fort after Burley goes". Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  3. ^ "Mowbray is new Hibs boss". BBC Sport. 2004-05-24. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  4. ^ Hartson wins writers' top prize, BBC Sport, 2 May 2005.
  5. ^ Mowbray rejects Ipswich approach, BBC Sport, 19 May 2006.
  6. ^ "New Hibs deal for manager Mowbray". BBC Sport. 2006-09-07. Retrieved 2007-08-14. 
  7. ^ "Mowbray leaves Hibs for West Brom". BBC Sport. 2006-10-13. Retrieved 2007-04-25. 
  8. ^ Boss: I had to clear decks: Express & Star
  9. ^ "Mowbray wins award". West Bromwich Albion F.C.. 2007-10-04.,,10366~1127177,00.html. Retrieved 2007-10-04. 
  10. ^ West Bromwich Albion 4 Bristol City 1: Bednar fires Albion to the summit - Football League, Football -
  11. ^ Mowbray hails Baggies fans - Birmingham Post
  12. ^ Mowbray can pass Premier test - Birmingham Post
  13. ^ "Mowbray claims managerial award". BBC Sport. 2008-05-08. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  14. ^ "Ferguson wins managerial honour". BBC Sport. 2008-05-13. Retrieved 2008-05-14. 
  15. ^ "Celtic make approach for Mowbray". BBC Sport. 8 June 2009. Retrieved 8 June 2009. 
  16. ^ "Mowbray confirmed as Celtic boss". BBC Sport. 16 June 2009. Retrieved 16 June 2009. 
  17. ^ "Celtic challenge excites Mowbray". BBC Sport. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 17 June 2009. 
  18. ^ "Celtic make approach for Mowbray". BBC Sport. 26 June 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2009. 
  19. ^ Mowbray ausgezeichnet
  20. ^ a b Mowbray refuses to admit title race is over as Hibernian put massive dent in Celtic’s championship hopes, The Herald, 27 January 2010.
  21. ^ McGregor, Derek (28 January 2010). "Worse than Barnes". The Sun. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  22. ^ Fraser, Alan (2008-04-03). "Mowbray, the 'miserable sod' whose life was truly kissed by an angel". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2008-04-08. 
  23. ^ Walters, Mike (2008-04-25). "West Brom manager Tony Mowbray prepares promotion feast". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 2008-04-25. 
  24. ^ Smith, Steve (2001-06-12). "Mowbray, the 'miserable sod' whose life was truly kissed by an angel". Daily Record. Retrieved 2010-02-04. 
  25. ^ Tony Mowbray management career stats at Soccerbase

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Anthony Mark Mowbray (born November 22, 1963) is a former footballer and is the current manager of Celtic. He has previously managed West Bromwich Albion and Hibernian.

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