Blackburn are still firmly in the race for Premier League football, with Rovers just three points off the play off places with two games of the Championship season to go. Their manager Tony Mowbray, however, is in limbo.
Mowbray's contract expires at the end of the season, and he said this week that he has not been approached by the board for an extension. He seemed to fire a shot at the "men in suits" running the club for their inactivity.
Despite his evasive answers when asked about a potential new contract, Mowbray did say that he would be delighted to spend more time with his family, if his time at Ewood Park does come to a close at the end of the season.
Tony Mowbray: Blackburn boss hoping to spend more time with family
Tony Mowbray has managed in the Premier League once before, bringing West Bromwich Albion up to the first division in 2008. His Blackburn team remain in contention to be promoted this season through the play-offs.
Despite their strong performances, Mowbray appears on his way out the door at Ewood Park. His current contract expires at the end of the season and, on Thursday, he was asked about his future by BBC Lancashire about a potential contract extension.
Mowbray refused to commit either way, but did confirm that he hasn't been approached by the men upstairs at Blackburn:
What answer do you want?
I don't know what goes on in the background of football clubs - men in suits get on with their jobs. There'll be a reason that I don't know. As I've said in the past, maybe there are other people you should ask, not me. I can't give you an answer.
I don't go knocking on their doors asking to talk about the contract. All I can say to you is there's been no conversation, there's been no approaches, no discussions, and we're a week away from the end of the season.
What do you want me to think? I don't feel I'm being disloyal here saying anything other than 'well, looks like I'm leaving!' There's no contract discussions. I'm out of contract very, very soon.
Despite the uncertainty, Mowbray appears content with the situation at Blackburn.
“What do you want me to think? I don’t feel I’m being disloyal here by saying anything other than it looks like I’m leaving”
“There’s no contract discussions. I’m out of contract very, very soon”#Blackburn #Rovers manager Tony Mowbray#bbcefl #bbcfootball pic.twitter.com/E4GLb8zWGS
— BBC Sport Lancashire (@BBCLancsSport) April 28, 2022
The former Middlesbrough and Celtic boss said that he has missed out on plenty of family time over the past five seasons in charge of Rovers. He said that he is excited by any prospect of spending more time with his children. Mowbray said:
I'm happy, I've said to you before I'm pretty relaxed. I've got a life balance to get on with.
My youngest son was seven when I joined this club, he's going to be a teenager next week. I've hardly seen him. I've seen him one, maybe two days a week for the last five years.
He's a little boy, he needs his dad to watch him play on a Sunday, which I try to do. I like to bring him to school. I like to take my family out to dinner in the evening if I'm home. That's life balance.
It's a big last few weeks of the season for Blackburn. They may well end up playing Premier League football next season - whether Tony Mowbray is in charge or not will be the next question.