Nuno Gomes in frame for Blackburn Rovers job

NUNO Gomes is being considered as a potential player manager at Blackburn Rovers as the club look set to make coaching appointments today to fill the immediate void.

Former Aston Villa coach Kevin MacDonald was in talks with the club last night (Thursday) to become head coach, with the relatively unknown Judan Ali also expected to join the backroom staff in some capacity.

It is understood Rovers will still be searching for a full-time manager though, after Henning Berg and coaches Eric Black, Iain Brunskill and Bobby Mimms were sacked yesterday morning.

Rovers are hopeful MacDonald will take charge of team affairs for tomorrow’s trip to Barnsley but are prepared to take their time before making a final decision on what happens next.

MacDonald had been lined up as an assistant manager at Rovers by former boss Berg before his dismissal, but the club have continued their efforts to land him despite wielding the axe.

If he delivers instant success, Venky’s could even be tempted to allow him to continue as the main man with no manager brought in.

Members of the club’s hierarchy are understood to be keen on sounding out veteran striker Gomes regarding a player-manager role, although there are a number of other names understood to be in the long-term frame.

Sources close to Mark Hughes have indicated he would be unwilling to take the role under the current set up, with no contact made with the former Rovers boss.

Former Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo is also admired by Rovers’ owners but they accept the Italian is a long way out of their reach.

Rovers’ immediate priority though was to make instant changes to the coaching set-up, with global advisor Shebby Singh understood to believe that was necessary to improve results.

The decision to sack Berg was not unanimous among board members at the club, with some believing he deserved at least the transfer window to put his mark on the club.

Gomes, 36, was briefly considered as an immediate replacement for Steve Kean and is again believed to be in Venky’s minds as a potential option.

The former Portuguese international arrived at Rovers on a two-year deal in the summer and could be one of the few willing to take a managerial job with the coaching positions already filled.

Meanwhile Berg has released a statement expressing his disappointment about his departure.

He said: “It goes without saying that I am bitterly disappointed to have been relieved of my managerial duties at Ewood Park after just 57 days since my appointment.

“At this stage I would just like to release a short statement thanking the Blackburn Rovers fans for their incredible support during my time in charge.

“I have always enjoyed a fantastic relationship with them dating back to my playing days where we shared some great memories.

“It was an honour for me to manage a club that is so close to my heart and I now wish all of them every success for the rest of the season and beyond.

“I would also like to thank the players and staff for their support and commitment in this short period.

“They have all done their best and unfortunately the results in these 10 games have not reflected their performances.

“I wish the club all the best in the future, and am sure that with a few additions in the January transfer window they will have a good chance of getting a play-off place.”

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1:25pm Sun 30 Dec 12

J.C - Rishton says...

Is it April 1st already - sorry, my mistake, EVERY DAY is 1st of April on "Planet Venkys!!"

Why would Nuno Gomes be considered manager of BFRC - what does he know about championship football ?

How many players from lower leagues will he be able to unearth etc etc.

He is a player - what does he know about coaching, player selections or tactics.

Gomes was brought in (and is paid a fortune) to PLAY - sofar a goal return of 4 goals in half a season cannot be described as "prolific" - let him concentrate on getting fit and contributing on the field.

Christ, we'd be better off with MacDonald - at least he's been a leading PL coach for the past decade !!

These morons will do anything EXCEPT the right thing - employ an EXPERIENCED MANAGER - someone who can steady the ship and whip our sorry bunch of over-paid losers into a proper, organised football team.
Is it April 1st already - sorry, my mistake, EVERY DAY is 1st of April on "Planet Venkys!!" Why would Nuno Gomes be considered manager of BFRC - what does he know about championship football ? How many players from lower leagues will he be able to unearth etc etc. He is a player - what does he know about coaching, player selections or tactics. Gomes was brought in (and is paid a fortune) to PLAY - sofar a goal return of 4 goals in half a season cannot be described as "prolific" - let him concentrate on getting fit and contributing on the field. Christ, we'd be better off with MacDonald - at least he's been a leading PL coach for the past decade !! These morons will do anything EXCEPT the right thing - employ an EXPERIENCED MANAGER - someone who can steady the ship and whip our sorry bunch of over-paid losers into a proper, organised football team. J.C - Rishton

1:28pm Sun 30 Dec 12

sonny says...

this story is from a few days ago!!!!, I think things may have changed a little since this article was put together.
this story is from a few days ago!!!!, I think things may have changed a little since this article was put together. sonny

1:39pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Big Rover says...

It's simple, we are not going to progress until Venkys stop listening to Shebby - our Gullible Aspirer.
It's simple, we are not going to progress until Venkys stop listening to Shebby - our Gullible Aspirer. Big Rover

1:52pm Sun 30 Dec 12

r30vrs says...

What a Holy mess of epic proportions! Somebody somewhere sort this **** out!!
We have the best squad , in this league, for Christ's sake!!!!
What a Holy mess of epic proportions! Somebody somewhere sort this **** out!! We have the best squad , in this league, for Christ's sake!!!! r30vrs

2:00pm Sun 30 Dec 12

sonny says...

Paul Agnew the Poisonous parasite has to be completely removed from the club now(and take his little sidekick Shaw with him), this scumbag Agnew actually considers himself a rovers fan-disgusting.
Paul Agnew the Poisonous parasite has to be completely removed from the club now(and take his little sidekick Shaw with him), this scumbag Agnew actually considers himself a rovers fan-disgusting. sonny

3:10pm Sun 30 Dec 12

1952 rover says...

what this must be a JOKE. Shebby OUT OUT OUT.
what this must be a JOKE. Shebby OUT OUT OUT. 1952 rover

6:14pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Justjes says...

The lot of then want lining up and bang bang bang, they have killed our great club...
The lot of then want lining up and bang bang bang, they have killed our great club... Justjes

6:16pm Sun 30 Dec 12

Justjes says...

PS banging I mean f ing up their ****
PS banging I mean f ing up their **** Justjes

10:16pm Sun 30 Dec 12

rover1885 says...

Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?
Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation? rover1885

12:12am Mon 31 Dec 12

alfa111 says...

rover1885 wrote:
Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?
Cyer you have lost the plot alltogether,this is utter trash reporting from you and the L/T, utter BOLLO*KS
[quote][p][bold]rover1885[/bold] wrote: Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?[/p][/quote]Cyer you have lost the plot alltogether,this is utter trash reporting from you and the L/T, utter BOLLO*KS alfa111

1:23am Mon 31 Dec 12

AnimalReid says...

And what will the managerial dice roll throw up today.
...
OK here goes. Throw one, wait for it, wait for it. Its going to settle its a 'Nuno' everyone. Dice one has given us a 'Nuno'.
...
OK now for the second dice. Throw two, wait for it. Its - yes - its a 'Gomez'.
...
So today we have a 'Nuno Gomez'.
...
Lets see what tomorrows Managerial Dice throw gives us.
And what will the managerial dice roll throw up today. ... OK here goes. Throw one, wait for it, wait for it. Its going to settle its a 'Nuno' everyone. Dice one has given us a 'Nuno'. ... OK now for the second dice. Throw two, wait for it. Its - yes - its a 'Gomez'. ... So today we have a 'Nuno Gomez'. ... Lets see what tomorrows Managerial Dice throw gives us. AnimalReid

11:42am Mon 31 Dec 12

ROVERSPAL1 says...

alfa111 wrote:
rover1885 wrote:
Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?
Cyer you have lost the plot alltogether,this is utter trash reporting from you and the L/T, utter BOLLO*KS
TOTTALY AGREE.. these people thisnk we are a bunch of illiiterate people..
[quote][p][bold]alfa111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover1885[/bold] wrote: Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?[/p][/quote]Cyer you have lost the plot alltogether,this is utter trash reporting from you and the L/T, utter BOLLO*KS[/p][/quote]TOTTALY AGREE.. these people thisnk we are a bunch of illiiterate people.. ROVERSPAL1

11:42am Mon 31 Dec 12

ROVERSPAL1 says...

alfa111 wrote:
rover1885 wrote:
Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?
Cyer you have lost the plot alltogether,this is utter trash reporting from you and the L/T, utter BOLLO*KS
TOTTALY AGREE.. these people thisnk we are a bunch of illiiterate people..
[quote][p][bold]alfa111[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]rover1885[/bold] wrote: Wow, this is the shoddiest piece of journalism I've read since I last accidently clicked on a link to the Daily Mail. I'm against Venky's as much as a Rovers fan can be, but are you just pulling names out of thin air now to try to make a joke? Who's LT gonna pick next for unfounded speculation?[/p][/quote]Cyer you have lost the plot alltogether,this is utter trash reporting from you and the L/T, utter BOLLO*KS[/p][/quote]TOTTALY AGREE.. these people thisnk we are a bunch of illiiterate people.. ROVERSPAL1

11:58am Mon 31 Dec 12

submin01 says...

It must now be fairly obvious what and who is the main problem at Rovers, Berg was sacked because tried to make changes, Hughes will not apply for the job, We have an abundance of third rate players WHY ??, who signed them ?????. who is this new coach ???? Why is he at Brockholes??? Who was the BRAINS behind all this chaos. Were has Macdonald gone ???. no prizes for guessing who. Is there an agenda for a quick ASSET stripping,?????
It must now be fairly obvious what and who is the main problem at Rovers, Berg was sacked because tried to make changes, Hughes will not apply for the job, We have an abundance of third rate players WHY ??, who signed them ?????. who is this new coach ???? Why is he at Brockholes??? Who was the BRAINS behind all this chaos. Were has Macdonald gone ???. no prizes for guessing who. Is there an agenda for a quick ASSET stripping,????? submin01

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