Black wants a Rovers boss decision
7:23am Wednesday 24th October 2012 in Sport
ROVERS caretaker boss Eric Black has urged the club to make a decision sooner rather than later on a new permanent manager.
Black, who takes charge of the side for tonight’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday, has been at the helm since Steve Kean’s resignation last month.
And the Scot, who is yet to taste victory in his four games in charge, is eager for a resolution within the next seven days.
“We’re getting to a position now where in the next week or so a decision has to be made,” said Black.
“For the club to continue to move forward a decision has to come pretty soon.
“Without doubt I am out of the process, there is no point in me being involved in it.”
Blackburn have seen approaches for former midfield pair Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay turned down by Tottenham and Fulham respectively while the club is understood to still be keen on a move for Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Any move for the former Manchester United striker is unlikely to be confirmed until the Norwegian season finishes at the end of next month, but Rovers are believed to be examining ways of providing a stop-gap until Solskjaer is available.
Black is well aware that a swift decision in the club’s ongoing search for a new boss will appease supporters and in turn help performances on the pitch.
“I have said all along that the lifeblood of any club is the supporters,” he added. “You need support and you need people around the club that want to succeed.
“We need to generate an atmosphere at Blackburn that assists the players. That hasn’t happened for whatever reason, but if we don’t get it we are not moving forward.
“There has to be a resolution somewhere and if there is not then Blackburn Rovers are not operating at their maximum and to get out of the division you need to be operating at your maximum.”
Meanwhile, Ewood global advisor Shebby Singh has pleaded with the fans to be patient as the club look to secure an appointment.
Huge numbers of supporters reacted angrily to the news that Rovers were considering McKinlay and Singh insisted he is taking the fans’ feelings into account. “What I would like to do is appeal to the fans, do not react to rumours,” said Singh.
“I am taking everybody’s emotions into consideration. The fans have been through difficult times, the last thing I want is to put the fans through more anguish. Give me more time now rather than all of us rushing to a decision now and then we all suffer together.
“I do understand the frustrations that are possibly beginning to spill over. Judging the fans’ reactions becomes another box (to tick).
“The fan reaction is very important. We are being very very transparent with it. We are not going to go around sneaking behind people’s backs. No promises have been made and there are no certaintites. We officially inform the club, the club says no and then we back off.
“It is not as easy as sometimes it is made out to be. It has been a very difficult three weeks,” he told Rovers Player. “We have to make a quick decision but at the same time we cannot rush.
“We have to make sure we cover all our bases and don’t leave any stone unturned.”