Mowbray was unveiled as the Championship giants’s new manager on Tuesday.
Mowbray told Sky Sports News: “Since I was six or seven I have been a Middlesbrough fan and I used to come and stand on the terraces with my dad so when the opportunity arose and a few things got ironed out it didn’t take me a moment’s thought.
“This is a club I have been passionate about all my life and I now have an opportunity to manage them and try to steer them back to where we all want to be.
“Everybody involved in the club wants to go back to the Premier League, everyone wants to manage in the Premier League and play in the Premier League, supporters want to watch their team play against some of the best players in the world. Our ambition is to get the club moving back in the right direction towards that goal.
“This is a fantastic football club and a special place. People from Middlesbrough are all very passionate about their team and what we have to do is to get that passion and get everyone behind the team again because when the Riverside is bouncing it’s a special place and we need to get the Boro fans back on board and pushing this team back in the right direction.
“I am very proud to be at the helm and to try and steer this ship back in the right direction.”