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Singh's New Year managerial aim
SHEBBY Singh admits he would like to appoint a new manager at Blackburn Rovers tomorrow – after revealing he has already submitted his favoured candidates to owners Venky’s.
Rovers’ under fire global advisor, who received a torrent of abuse from the travelling fans during Saturday’s 3-1 win at Barnsley, is now waiting for the green light from his bosses to make a move after identifying candidates for the job.
Reserve team boss Gary Bowyer guided a spirited Rovers to just their second win in 11 matches at Oakwell but Singh is hopeful a permanent appointment can soon be made.
Singh held talks with former Aston Villa caretaker boss Kevin MacDonald last week about a potential head coach role at the club, but was still planning to bring in a manager.
The Malaysian bizarrely distanced the club from MacDonald in a radio interview on Saturday, claiming he wanted to be his friend, as well as denying considering offering coach Judan Ali a role in some capacity.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands that Singh’s determination to add coaches before a manager has cooled after receiving a fierce backlash from supporters on Friday morning.
It is believed he now regards ‘experience’ as an important factor as he waits for feedback on his suggestions to Venky’s. Singh said: “I have made my submissions to my bosses.
“They will receive it, then we will talk about it. We would like to make an appointment on New Year’s Day to start the New Year in the right way and to see the back of a horrible 2012.”
Bowyer will take charge of first team affairs for tomorrow’s visit of Nottingham Forest, with the appointment of a new manager far from certain by the end of tomorrow, despite Singh’s hopes.
Director of operations Paul Agnew and managing director Derek Shaw, who returned from meeting the owners in India yesterday, are understood to have different ideas about who to appoint next as boss.
Singh declined to comment on reports that Shaw and Agnew had travelled to India to voice their concern over his alleged interference, other than saying: “My lawyers have advised me not to comment on that.”
He did however talk about having to fight battles inside the club during a fans phone-in show on BBC Radio Five Live on Saturday night.
He said: “As with every organisation not everyone is fighting the same cause. Individuals have their own agenda, this is common wherever you go. I have been fighting the regular battles.”
He also told the show’s co-host, former Rovers player Robbie Savage, how the side needed coaching. He said: “We would like to be coached.
“I think coaching is very, very important. Then comes managing.
“It is not a ready made team, we are in transition, we are rebuilding, not only the football aspect but the emotional aspect of the players, the emotional health of the players after relegation.
“A lot of things have to be considered. I put up my hands and say if I got it wrong I got it wrong.
“Experience is something we are looking at, and I have had a conversation with a couple of very, very experienced managers.
“But there is no secret formula.” Singh has also asked the Lancashire Telegraph to thank the supporters as well as Gary Bowyer and his temporary management team for their efforts at Oakwell.
He said: “While I am disappointed about the reaction towards me, the fans were fantastic in their support of the players and Gary and his team. That is what matters.
“Gary is an unsung hero at the club, and he and his team were brilliant on Saturday. It was a tremendous effort from everyone."
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