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Sunderland, Middlesbrough and West Brom lead the way as Tony Mowbray’s former clubs wish him a ‘speedy recovery’ after the Birmingham boss stepped away for ‘medical treatment’

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Tony Mowbray’s former clubs have rushed to social media to send their old manager their well-wishes.

News broke on Monday morning that the Birmingham boss would be stepping away from his position at St. Andrew’s to receive medical treatment for six to eight weeks after just eight games in charge. 

It is unclear what illness Mowbray has been diagnosed with but the club confirmed he would be stepping aside on Monday.

The news is reported to have left his new side ‘stunned’, having only recently arrived in place of Wayne Rooney on January 8, after the former England international was dismissed following a poor run of form. 

As such, a number of his former sides have been quick to wish their old boss well and a speedy recovery on social media. 

Tony Mowbray has stepped aside from his managerial role at Birmingham for six to eight weeks

Tony Mowbray has stepped aside from his managerial role at Birmingham for six to eight weeks

The 60-year-old stated that treatment for an illness necessitated that he step away temporarily

The 60-year-old stated that treatment for an illness necessitated that he step away temporarily

‘Get well soon Mogga, wishing you all the very best from everyone at MFC,’ Middlesbrough, who he managed from 2010-13 – wrote on X.

‘Wishing you a speedy recovery, Tony,’ added Sunderland, where Mowbray took charge of 65 games. ‘We’re all behind you.’

‘Everyone at West Bromwich Albion wishes Tony all the best with his treatment and a speedy recovery,’ added the Baggies, Mowbray having spent almost three years in the dugout at the Hawthorns. 

There were also messages of support from fellow former charges Ipswich and  Coventry City, as well as tributes from a huge number of Football League sides. 

Bristol City, Watford and the EFL themselves were among the fellow well-wishers, as well as Solihull Moors. 

A club statement read: ‘Birmingham City can confirm that Manager, Tony Mowbray, requires medical treatment which means he will be temporarily stepping away from the on-site management of the Club for a period of approximately six to eight weeks.

‘Assistant Manager, Mark Venus, will assume temporary responsibility for the team with immediate effect.’

Mowbray said the club had been ‘incredibly supportive’ of him as he confirmed the news – and said he would continue to provide his guidance to the coaching staff. 

A number of Mowbray's former clubs - and teams from across the game - have sent their support

A number of Mowbray’s former clubs – and teams from across the game – have sent their support

‘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, said: ‘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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