Rovers' boss decision on hold
GARY Bowyer and Terry McPhillips will continue in temporary charge at Blackburn Rovers until at the least the end of the month – as Venky’s bid to sort out the conflict among the Ewood Park hierarchy.
Rovers’ reserve boss Bowyer and under-18 manager McPhillips have guided the club to two successive wins since Henning Berg’s dismissal and will now be in the hot seat for the next four games.
Global advisor Shebby Singh had previously stated his desire to appoint a new manager on New Year’s Day but it is believed operations director Paul Agnew and managing director Derek Shaw have pleaded with Venky’s to listen to their advice.
The duo flew to India last weekend to hold crisis talks with their bosses, during which their concerns over Singh’s role at the club are understood to have been discussed.
They are now understood to be barely on speaking terms with the Malaysian. Singh’s claim that Rovers would offer any new boss an initial six month deal is understood to have come as a surprise to both and Venky’s have now opted to take their time before deciding on the way forward.
Both parties believe they have the support of their bosses with sources in India telling the Lancashire Telegraph the current structure and personnel is being looked discussed, with the current situation untenable.
It is understood the possibility of bringing in a short-term figurehead with a high profile name, to teach an upcoming coach the ropes, was discussed during crisis talks held in Pune but no firm decisions have been made.
Sven-Goran Eriksson became the latest manager to have expressed an interest in the vacant managerial role at Rovers, with Phil Brown and former Rovers coach Mark Bowen also understood to be interested.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands former Doncaster and Nottingham Forest boss Sean O’Driscoll is favoured by some at the club, but no decisions are likely to made imminently as attempts are made to sort out internal power struggles.
The decision does create uncertainty around Rovers’ transfer window business, although Singh has said previously the club are unlikely to be making many signings.
Josh King has already been added from Manchester United by the managerless club but, if Singh is to believed, there are unlikely to be many more additions.
He said: “Josh is a special talent and we are very happy to have him on board but we have got a very, very big squad of talented players so I would say there will not be too much movement on the transfer front.
“We have a big, good squad of players and unless someone knocks on my door and insists on leaving then no one is leaving.
“They would have to break my door down and insist on leaving or else I’m not allowing anyone to leave.”