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Blackburn Rovers Step Up Search For New Boss: Tim Sherwood, Alan Shearer And Others In The Frame

Several candidates for top job at Ewood Park.

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Blackburn Rovers will reintensify their efforts to appoint Tim Sherwood to be their new manager this week as they look to overcome resistance from Tottenham Hotspur.

Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, is understood to have rejected an initial approach from Blackburn for Sherwood, their assistant first-team coach. But the 43-year-old is understood to be willing to talk to Blackburn, having been disappointed at being overlooked for a top job at White Hart Lane.

SOURCE: The Times

Alan Shearer is ready to talk with Blackburn Rovers about a sensational return as manager – as he battles old skipper Tim Sherwood for the post.

Match of the Day pundit Shearer is keen to be a boss after a brief spell with his beloved Newcastle United and he is keen to go back to Rovers at the second time of asking.

Shearer is willing to take on the challenge at the club he shot to glory in his playing days – despite turning down an approach before they appointed Paul Ince three years ago.

Shearer is willing to meet with global advisor Shebby Singh this week, with a move for front runner Sherwood proving a hard deal to complete.

Sherwood is under contract at Tottenham where he is assistant coach and sources close to him reveal he is yet to be sold on the Blackburn move despite a lucrative contract on offer.

Former Blackburn title-winning captain Sherwood would also come with a compensation demand from Spurs – a problem that Shearer would not face.

SOURCE: Daily Mirror

Blackburn have identified Keith Hill as a surprise potential successor to Steve Kean after placing the Barnsley manager alongside Tim Sherwood and Alan Shearer on a three-man shortlist for the vacancy at Ewood Park.

Although Tottenham technical coordinator Sherwood is the favoured option of senior figures within the Rao family, who control Venky’s, Blackburn’s owners, attempts to persuade the club’s 1995 title-winning captain to leave Spurs have so far failed to come to fruition.

With growing concern at the alarming slump in attendances at Ewood following relegation to the Championship last season, former Rovers striker Shearer has also emerged as a candidate, with Venky’s conscious of the need to reconnect with the club’s disgruntled fan-base.

SOURCE: Daily Telegraph

Blackburn are set to give No 2 Eric Black a chance to stake his claim to replace Steve Kean.

Rovers have been forced into the move after their initial approach for Tim Sherwood was snubbed.

SOURCE: The Sun

Interestingly, all four sources agree that Tottenham Hotspur’s technical coordinator (whatever that means) Tim Sherwood is Blackburn Rovers’ top choice to succeed Steve Kean but disagree on who the Lancashire club will turn to if they cannot snare their former captain.

It was never going to be easy prizing Sherwood from Daniel Levy’s grasp at Tottenham. Brought in by Harry Redknapp, the ex-Spurs midfielder is highly rated at White Hart Lane, despite being overlooked for the director of football job, and many believe he is being groomed to be the club’s next boss – although given he’s nine years older than Andre Villas-Boas, this could take some time.

Rovers fans did not take kindly to Kean stepping up to replace Sam Allardyce 13 months ago, which makes Eric Black an unwise choice, while fans will also have their reservations about Alan Shearer and Keith Hill.

Shearer may have been a fabulous player but his one managerial experience to date ended sourly, as he was unable to prevent Newcastle being relegated from the Premier League.

Hill, meanwhile, has done a decent enough job on a low budget with Barnsley but has shown little in his brief managerial career to suggest he has what it takes to lead Blackburn back into the Premier League and keep them there.

If Blackburn can agree a hefty compensation package with Spurs, then they may yet get their man but its looking increasingly likely that the club will have to resort to a contingency plan.

Of the three suggested, Shearer could be the most sensible option. It is imperative that the supporters get fully behind the new manager from the start, after the disaster that was Kean’s reign. Shearer may be inexperienced but he is nearly universally respected as a player and pundit, which would likey afford him some leeway if Blackburn were to start slowly under his management.

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