Mogga makes his first managerial return to the club when he brings his Blackburn Rovers side to Teesside tomorrow.

Pulis paid tribute to the job which the former Boro captain and boss undertook during his three-year spell in the dugout.

"Blackburn have got a good manager, and a smashing fella," Pulis said in his weekly pre-match media conference.

"I know Tony quite well, especially from his time at West Brom when I was at Stoke. He's done good jobs wherever he's gone.

"That includes here at Middlesbrough, and I don't think he got the credit he deserved.  He took over in very difficult circumstances, he had to pick up the pieces and worked tremendously hard to clear out the mess and put the club back on course.

"He's settled well at Blackburn now and has had the opportunity that he's wanted, and brought in some good players. He's a good football man and it will be nice to see him."

No stranger to a bout with a former club, Pulis says the match will be extra special for Mowbray - but says his own focus is the same as any other fixture.

"He'll be desperate to get one over his old club I'm sure," Pulis said.

"As a manager going back to an old club, you do exactly the same things but there's more of an edge, that nice little feeling about it.

"We've just got to concentrate on what we can do to get round the game and get the three points."

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