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Name: Tony Mowbray  
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Date of Birth: 22nd November 1963
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Profession: Footballer
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Tony Mowbray, (born November 22, 1963), is a former professional football player, who is now a football manager.

He played for Ipswich Town F.C., Middlesbrough and Celtic as a tough centre half and is now manager of Scottish Premier League team Hibernian.

During his playing career with Celtic, Mowbray's wife Bernadette died of cancer. The dignified manner in which he handled this tragedy won him respect from all sides of Scottish football.

Managerial Career

Hibs' board surprised everyone in the Scottish media and stunned the public with the arrival of Tony Mowbray as manager in June 2004 - literally minutes earlier a news programme stated categorically that different candidate had been named as the new gaffer, Mowbray not having been mentioned in the preceding months of speculation.

Considering Mowbray had minimal managerial experience (he had been a coach at Ipswich for the previous 5 years being in charge for only 4 games), his appointment was something of a gamble. However, after a few months it became apparent that the directors had been as astute in their choice as they had been in hoodwinking the media, as the manager instilled a new found passion and flowing football philosophy into the young Hibs team.

An instant hero to the fans, Mowbray instilled his philosophy of playing an attacking, passing game in his players, who responded immediately as the team went from strength to strength during the 2004/05 season, gaining a 3rd place finish in the SPL, putting the club back into europe in the year they celebrate the 50th anniversary of being the first british club to enter european competition.

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