Venky's want Shearer to make first move for Rovers job
BLACKBURN Rovers owners Venky’s expect anyone interested in the managerial hot-seat to take the initiative – after Alan Shearer admitted he would be ‘willing to talk’.
Rovers’ managerial search will start in earnest this morning, following Saturday’s disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Wolves, with the club stepping up the process with an open mind as to who will succeed Steve Kean.
Former Ewood darling Shearer told the BBC’s Football Focus he would be interested in speaking to Venky’s about the vacancy but, as yet, no formal contact has been been made.
The poultry giants have been surprised by the number of high calibre applicants, with more than 30 CVs already received, and are now unlikely to go chasing potential candidates themselves.
It is understood Venky’s and their advisors were aware of Shearer’s possible interest but are waiting for it to be officially registered to them by his representatives before seriously considering him as a candidate. Rovers had earlier targeted their Premier League winning skipper Tim Sherwood but, with an approach understood to have been knocked back by Spurs just hours after Kean’s departure, he is set to be ruled out of the race.
The Londoners are ready to fight to keep hold of their technical co-ordinator and, with Sherwood himself content at White Hart Lane, Rovers are resigned to looking elsewhere with the prospect of a hefty compensation fee also frightening them off.
Managers understood to have already registered their interest include former Real Madrid boss Bernd Schuster, Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and ex Swansea man Paulo Sousa.
Co-owners Venkatesh and Balaji Rao were at Ewood on Saturday to see Rovers crash to Wolves under caretaker boss Eric Black, in front of a crowd of more than 17,000.
Black has yet to declare his interest in the position, with global advisor Shebby Singh expected to discuss his position early this week with him.
Black said: “I can't hide it is two points from three games, they will decide what they decide.
“I am happy to carry on and will do it to the best of my ability and try to rectify the problems we have. The other decisions are out of my control.”
Shearer's possible interest has attracted mixed views from the Ewood Park faithful, with some welcoming the return of a Rovers legend but others concerned at his lack of managerial experience.
Shearer scored 131 goals in four years at Blackburn, following a record £3.6m move from Southampton, and helped them win the Premier League title in 1995.
He has only had one previous coaching role since retiring from playing for Newcastle at the end of the 2005-06 campaign, where he was unable to prevent Premier League relegation, and has since worked as a pundit.
"Have they tried to speak to me? No,” said Shearer. “Have I tried to speak to them? No. With my history at Blackburn, I would speak to them absolutely.
“It's a strange one at Blackburn, I'm sure they had a plan with Steve Kean but it's now a tough situation. Whoever they appoint, they have to make sure it is the right choice.
“I think things would have to change whoever goes in at Blackburn."