Birmingham City have remained steadfast on Tony Mowbray as Gary Rowett makes his signing official

Birmingham City are still eyeing Tony Mowbray’s return as manager this summer. Absolute clarity is yet to come, but the Blues’ top brass are working on the basis that Mowbray will return and lead the club into League One.

Mowbray, 60, resigned in February to receive treatment for an unspecified illness. The man who guided Blackburn Rovers to promotion from League One in 2018 was only appointed Blues manager in January after Wayne Rooney’s disastrous 15-game tenure.

He led the team to four wins, one draw and three defeats in his eight games in charge before handing over the reins to assistant Mark Venus and, most recently, interim boss Gary Rowett.

Given the sensitivity of the situation, the Blues have only occasionally addressed it in carefully worded statements. The line over the past three months has been that Mowbray is set to return for pre-season and Birmingham Live it was said that nothing had changed.

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Rowett officially signs

Gary Rowett said goodbye to the Blues for a third time on Monday. The 50-year-old led them to 11 points from eight games in charge, but it was not enough to save the club from relegation.

Rowett, who previously played for and managed the Blues, has now stepped aside to pave the way for Mowbray to resume his role as manager.