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Last Updated: Monday, 24 May, 2004, 10:14 GMT 11:14 UK
Mowbray is new Hibs boss
Tony Mowbray at Easter Road
Mowbray has signed a two-year deal with Hibs
Hibernian have appointed former Celtic and Middlesbrough defender Tony Mowbray as their new manager.

The Easter Road club have been without a boss since Bobby Williamson left to take over Plymouth Argyle in April.

40-year-old Mowbray arrives from Ipswich, where he was first team coach under Joe Royle and Willie Donachie.

"We are sure this appointment will be a happy and successful one both for Tony and for the club," said Hibs chairman Ken Lewandowski.

Mowbray has signed a two-year deal with the Edinburgh side.

"Everyone we have spoken to about Tony has given us glowing references on his abilities as a coach, about his philosophy on football, and about his character and integrity," added Lewandowski.

My philosophy is all about fast-flowing, passing football with a cutting edge.
Tony Mowbray
"He has five years of coaching experience at a major English club some of that time in the Premiership and in a Uefa Cup campaign.

"He has a commitment to the development of young players, and helped bring through many talented players at Ipswich.

"As a player he spent his career at three big clubs, and competed at a high level with distinction, captaining those clubs.

"He has impressed us with his determination to succeed at Hibernian, with his commitment to improving standards on and off the pitch for our footballers."

Tony Mowbray in action for Celtic
Mowbray spent four years with Celtic
Mowbray spent ten years at Middlesbrough before moving to Celtic for 1m in 1991.

The strapping centre half enjoyed four seasons at Celtic before leaving for Ipswich.

"I am well aware, from my time in Scotland, of the stature of this club and its tradition for entertaining and attacking football," said Mowbray.

"I would like to let the supporters know that my philosophy is all about fast-flowing, passing football with a cutting edge.

"That is what I will be working to instil here at Hibernian, and that is what I am determined our supporters will see.

"They want to win, and they want to be entertained. It is our job to give them that."

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