GARY Bowyer will continue in charge for Blackburn Rovers’ FA Cup tie against Bristol City – with owners Venky’s not wanting to disrupt the momentum he is building.
Goals from Colin Kazim-Richards, Ruben Rochina and Jordan Rhodes gave managerless Rovers a comfortable 3-0 win at home to Nottingham Forest, to move them just five points adrift of the play-offs with a game in hand.
Global advisor Shebby Singh had initially planned to make a decision about the new manager yesterday evening but two wins on the bounce means Bowyer will continue in the hot seat for a few more days at least.
Former Leicester City and England under–21 boss Peter Taylor became the surprise bookmakers’ favourite to take the job yesterday, with ex Preston man Billy Davies also linked, but it is understood an appointment is not now imminent.
Venky’s have been impressed by the reaction of the players to reserve team boss Gary Bowyer and under 18 manager Terry McPhillips and have decided it would be detrimental to make any rash changes.
Singh is understood to have agreed with Venky’s during a call post match that Bowyer should remain in charge on Saturday – with senior players fully behind the caretaker manager. It is also believed Bowyer and McPhillips have the opportunity to stake a claim for the job full time, although the pair remain adamant they are just helping the club out.
The delay will give Venky’s time to attempt to sort out the current divide among the Ewood Park hierarchy, with Singh barely on speaking terms with operations director Paul Agnew and managing director Derek Shaw.
The latter two flew out to India last weekend to voice their concerns about the running of the club, and Singh’s own role, and believe they need to be listened to with regards any managerial search.
Meanwhile Bowyer said after the win over Forest: “We are just carrying on and we will keep carrying on until we are told otherwise. That is as far as we know.
“I am just giving the club a little more time. Then we will see what that brings. We have been here for a long time and we care about the club, we are just helping out as much as we can.
“It has been a tough couple of days but I thought the players were magnificent again. It was a typical first half after two games and then we got a lucky goal.
“But it gave us some more energy and I can’t praise the players enough. They have been remarkable with their efforts and deserved the win.
“They are professional players and they have some pride about themselves.”
Meanwhile, Rovers are hopeful of turning Josh King’s loan move from Manchester United into a permanent deal.