Blackburn Rovers role is a fantastic job, says caretaker boss
ERIC Black believes filling the Blackburn Rovers hot seat is a ‘fantastic job’ for somebody – but insists his sole focus is on keeping their promotion bid on track for as long as is required.
Rovers’ caretaker boss admitted he feels he has ‘unfinished business’ in his managerial career but will not be thinking about his ‘long-term’ prospects ahead of Wolves’ Ewood Park visit tomorrow.
Rovers are understood to have received interest from more than 30 candidates in the race to succeed Steve Kean, with the likes of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Bernd Schuster, Alan Shearer and Roy Keane believed to be interested.
But, with Rovers putting the managerial search on the back burner as they focus on getting back to winning ways, Black is adamant the only thing on his mind is on winning three points.
Black said: “It is a fantastic club there is no doubt it. It has phenomenal history, it has got a great fan base. The facilities are first class. That is why I am sure there have been so many people handing their CVs in.
“I have not thought about it. I am just focused on the result. I am not daft enough not to know that two points out of nine does not look as good as five points out of nine, but I just have to focus on the team. That is the short term impact I can have.
“I am sure the time will arrive pretty quickly where I have to decide if I want to be considered. But I am not getting too fixed up on it I have to be honest.
“We will see what happens. If things work out my way maybe they will decide I am the right man but I know there are a lot of high calibre candidates out there and I know how football works and operates. There won’t be any surprises for me.”
Black has previously managed at Motherwell and Coventry, the last time being back in 2004, before also enjoying caretaker spells at Birmingham and Sunderland.
And he admits he would relish the opportunity to get back into management one – whether it is at Blackburn Rovers or not.
He said: “I always felt when I left Coventry I had unfinished business. But I never felt I was a big enough name to come out and pick and a choose a job.
“I very much enjoyed working with Steve Bruce over eight and a half years and I had an awful lot of experiences that I think would stand me in good stead.
“But I am not a big enough name to go on a few holidays and then someone picks up the phone and offers me the ‘Man United job’ or the ‘Tottenham job’.
“I want to work in the game and at that time working with Steve was the best option. I had offers to manage, even when I was with Steve Bruce, but they were not ones I thought were attractive enough to give me a real opportunity to do what I want to do.”