'Great to work with' - Broughton's praise for Rovers boss Tomasson

Tomasson has overseen five league wins since arriving at Ewood Park
Tomasson has overseen five league wins since arriving at Ewood Park

Jon Dahl Tomasson has delivered everything asked of him so far at Rovers, according to director of football Gregg Broughton.

Tomasson arrived at Ewood Park over the summer following Tony Mowbray’s departure after five years in the hot seat.

His time in East Lancashire got off to a strong start as Rovers won all three of their opening league matches, conceding just once in the process.

Results have been less consistent over the past few weeks but Tomasson’s men are still well placed in the table, only outside the top six on goal difference at this stage.

Broughton is optimistic about what the Dane can achieve at Rovers and says his qualities were clear to see during the interview process.

He explained: “When we identified what we wanted to find in a head coach – strategically, tactically, man management, believing in young players and ability to develop them.

“Jon was a strong candidate and one of four candidates that I was involved with the final stage of the interview process. He has delivered everything we have asked for so far.

“He has been great to work with. He challenges you correctly, it helps me to grow. Hopefully, I can challenge him and help him to grow as a head coach as well.

“He is enormously ambitious. He has obviously played at the very highest level, and he wants to coach at that level as well. Hopefully, that can be with us at Blackburn Rovers.”

Broughton is also still getting used to life at Ewood Park but has been impressed with the facilities at the club.

The former Bodo/Glimt academy director singled out Steve Waggott for praise and says his input has been “invaluable” over the past few months.

He added: “I think the size and the history of the football club is evident to everybody. The infrastructure is amazing – the training ground, the stadium, everything we need to build success on.

“I think probably the biggest learning since coming through the door is the support we now need to give the people here at the club.

“They are desperate for success, they have been starved of it over the last 10 years. To help the people get to where they need to in order for us as an organisation to get to where we need to, I think is the next big challenge for us.

“I have to give great credit, Steve Waggott has been fantastic support to me since coming to the club.

“With his experience, it has been invaluable to bounce ideas and get his support on the things we’ve done.”