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Ewood fears as manager search goes on
BOLTON Wanderers look ready to steal a march on Blackburn Rovers in the race to appoint a new boss – as Ewood Park staff grow increasingly frustrated at being left in limbo.
The Lancashire Telegraph understand Rovers’ north west rivals are considering an approach for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has already expressed his interest in the Ewood Park role, having sacked Owen Coyle just three days ago.
Mick McCarthy is also in Bolton’s sights as Rovers’ owners continue to procrastinate over their next move.
Rovers’ managerial search has been ongoing for almost two weeks now, after the resignation of Steve Kean, but it is understood the club are a long way from finding a replacement.
A host of big names are believed to be interested in the Ewood Park hot seat, including the likes of Javier Clemente, Solskjaer and Bernd Schuster.
Global advisor Shebby Singh met with managing director Derek Shaw and operations director Paul Agnew yesterday, with a list of potential names understood to have finally been drawn up.
Singh declined to comment on who was on the list. He said: “We are all very pleased with the calibre of candidates and there are a number of strong avenues that we wish to explore. However, we must appeal for patience and calm among supporters while the right decision is reached.
“Derek, Paul and I, in close liaison with the owners, are working hard to make sure we get the right man and while we don’t want it to take any longer than is necessary, we won’t be rushed. This is a big, big decision.”
Caretaker-boss Eric Black remains in temporary charge but he and his coaching staff are understood to be growing increasingly frustrated at a lack of clarity about their role in the club’s future.
They are fully committed to looking after things in the interim, with Black having yet to put himself forward for the role, but are growing concerned at the lack of direction being shown.
Some of Rovers’ squad are also understood to be concerned at the uncertainty surrounding the club, with all looking for answers from owners Venky’s.
Black & co are also seeking clarification on whether Singh had ruled him out of the managerial race to supporters as reported, although the Lancashire Telegraph understand he is still in the frame.
An Ewood insider, said: “Everyone is getting fed up. From the coaching staff to those in the offices at Ewood Park, to the players. It seems as though no one knows what is happening.
“People just want to know what the future has in store. There seems to be so much dithering that no one has actually got hold of this club.”
Meanwhile, first team coach Colin Hendry believes Black is an ideal candidate for the vacant position.
He said: “When you are looking at candidates for this position I don’t think you need to look any further than Eric Black. He’s got all the boxes ticked, that’s for sure.”