Daily Star



TONY MOWBRAY has stepped away from his manager’s duties at Birmingham due to illness.

The 60-year-old will begin treatment later this week, with assistant Mark Venus due to take the reins on a temporary basis.

Mowbray (left) has been in charge for just five weeks, during which he has made a positive impact, collecting 10 points from six games.

The Teessider said: “Following my recent LMA health assessment, I have received a diagnosis that requires me to receive treatment. That will necessitat­e I temporaril­y step away as manager.

“The club has been incredibly supportive of me and my family and we are very grateful.”

The Blues boss broke the news to stunned players and staff at a meeting yesterday morning.

Mowbray wanted to tell his colleagues before training in the latest episode in a chaotic campaign for the Championsh­ip club. The prognosis is, as yet, unknown but at this stage the club is only confirming that he will be out of action for six to eight weeks.

However, the reality is that Mowbray is unlikely to make an appearance in the rest of the campaign, which finishes on May 4.

Birmingham’s season began brightly under John Eustace before he was sacked to make room for Wayne Rooney.

But after just two victories in 15 games, Rooney was sacked and Mowbray chosen to replace him, immediatel­y lifting the gloom that had descended at St Andrew’s.

Back-to-back victories over Blackburn and Sunderland had moved the club away from immediate danger before the bombshell news dropped.

Birmingham chief executive Garry Cook said: “Our thoughts are with Tony, his wife Amber and family.

“We wish him a speedy recovery and look forward to welcoming him back to the club to continue the excellent work he has started.”

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