It has finally happened; Steve Kean has departed Blackburn Rovers after a tumultuous period in charge of the club. Whoever inherits his squad is being blessed with talent in the form of Jordan Rhodes, Danny Murphy and Dickson Etuhu at the club but also perhaps being handed the poison chalice of a large squad and a seemingly difficult board.
But who has been linked with the role?
Here are the potential five main contenders.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
The Molde manager has already been linked with a move to the Premier League recently after Aston Villa approached him about a role at the club that, according to what you believe, he turned down/ Paul Lambert was preferred.
He has history with Blackburn Rovers, in fact he scored his first ever goal for United six minutes into his debut against Rovers in 1996; and scored his final ever goal for United against the Lancashire side.
His managerial career is immature but impressive; performing well with United’s reserve set-up and leading Molde to an unprecedented league title in his first season.
A return for one of their greatest ever names? Shearer has reportedly thrown his hat into the ring to take over at the club and with Harry Redknapp and Mick McCarthy taking care of things on Match Of The Day he would feel comfortable going back into management.
Shearer has done it before of course, returning to old club Newcastle but was not able to stave off relegation and many Blackburn fans would surely like to see somebody with more experience at the helm.
Well if you want overall experience this name is right up there. He has been consistently linked with the role since Steve Kean’s ‘forced resignation’ and he would bring bags of knowledge.
The German has managed teams such as Shakhtar Donetsk, Levante and Real Madrid but has been out of work since leaving Besiktas amid a furore over his ‘recklessly attacking style of play’.
While he might be a marquee acquisition and bring entertainment to the Blackburn masses, would he get them promoted? Perhaps Championship experience should be what they pursue.
He had an interesting spell at QPR before an impressive stint at Swansea, following on from Roberto Martinez’s philosophies and just missing out on the play-offs in 2010. He was appointed manager at Leicester City, a move that did not go so successfully and he was sacked after just three months in charge.
He is currently manager at Hungarian side Videoton, whom he lead to the Europa League with a triumph over Trabzonspor, and he may be able to mould the large squad into a winning formula.
It seemed yesterday the former United man was going to sign a huge deal to embark on a Turkish adventure, however that has now been stalled as he dreams of taking over from his different-spelling namesake at Ewood Park.
His spell at Ipswich was unsuccessful but at Sunderland he raised them like a phoenix from Ashes to Premier League promotion in his time in the North East.
Whether he would want to be answering to the debatable Venky’s group is another thing entirely, especially as a lot of player acquisitions are decided by ‘global advisor’ Shebby Singh.
Tim Sherwood, Stuart McCall, Nick Barmby and Henrik Larsson have all also been linked, but who would you like to see at the helm?
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