ROVERS head coach Tony Mowbray admits he feels something of a burden on his shoulders to try and keep the club in the Championship.
Mowbray says he is leaving no stone unturned in his bid to maintain the club’s second tier status going in to the final three games.
And he hopes safety can reignite the club and spark something of a revival at Ewood Park next season.
Mowbray said: “The highs and lows of football are there on your desk every day, that’s why the lows are lower than you can ever imagine and the highs the same, it’s just how you manage your outward emotions and what people see.
“I can try and keep mine inside but when the things are going well and the team are functioning you can take a lot of pride from the work that you do yet the burden of the defeat falls very heavy because you’re the guy that has done the preparation, the guy that has tried to inspire and the guy that has set the tactics out.
“The burden of that weighs heavy, not just because of the football club and your own career but the ladies in the kitchen, the ladies who take the telephone calls, the people around the stadium on matchdays, everyone around the training ground who you work with on a daily basis are very aware of not accumulating enough points this season.
“That will impact on a lot of people’s lives so there is a heavy burden.
“When I turn that light off at night and it’s just me and my thoughts all I can do is not cut any corners, work as hard as I can, use the knowledge I have had over the last 50 years and try and put that in to practice.
“All I can give is everything I’ve got and that’s what I’m doing at the moment and at times that’s at the sacrifice of your own life and family, because I think it’s that important.”
Rovers head to Wolves tomorrow (3pm) knowing a win would guarantee they moved out of the bottom three for Saturday night at least ahead of Birmingham’s derby with Aston Villa on Sunday.
And Mowbray says he will turn to all of his experiences to give Rovers the best chance of avoiding the drop come the end of the season.
He added: “I don’t think you switch off.
“I have three young children, 12, nine and seven.
“They know I’m at Blackburn Rovers but they don’t even ask about our league position, they just ask did we win or did we lose.
“I’m a father as well as a football manager, that’s my solace and where I go to to be a normal guy.
“The football is all encompassing, it swarms all over you really.
“Sometimes you don’t sleep because you’re trying to pick a team, you’re thinking about the strengths and weaknesses of the opposition, you’re thinking about how you’re going to speak to the player you’ve left out who’s been doing well but in this game this is how you believe you should play, because I’m the guy who sits in the office studying the opposition for hour after hour on the players days offs.
“That’s what you do – you don’t leave anything unturned and look at every angle and try and then pick the right team, give them the right words and send them out in the right frame of mind.”
But if Mowbray can lead them to safety he feels that there can be a brighter future at Ewood Park.
He added: “I genuinely believe that if we can get the right number of points this season then we can have a really good season next year that can spark this club in to life and reinvigorate everything, a desire that we can get there, and reignite that belief within everyone from the supporters to the owners that we can get there and are not far away.
“The start point is the Championship, not trying to achieve a promotion out of League One as then you have another year to try and build a club that can compete back in the Championship.
“We have three games to try and stay in this division and then have a good summer regarding recruitment and give next season a much better shot.”