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Dann: Next appointment so crucial for Blackburn Rovers
TO Blackburn Rovers skipper Scott Dann, the timeframe is not important. Only one thing matters – to make sure the next managerial appointment is the right one.
Gary Bowyer’s current spell as caretaker manager comes to an end at Dann’s old club Birmingham City tomorrow, in Rovers’ final game of the season.
Bowyer had been put in charge until the end of the campaign but Dann would be more than happy for the 41-year-old to get the job on a permanent basis. He is far from the only player to hold that view.
Owners Venky’s will hold meetings in the next couple of weeks to decide on a number of issues, expected to include the identity of Rovers’ next permanent manager.
Last summer the decision over whether to keep Steve Kean as boss dragged on even after the Scot travelled to India for talks, but Dann is not too concerned about how long the decision takes – as long as it is the correct one.
“I think with what’s gone on throughout the season they’ll probably take a back step and make sure that this one’s the right decision,” he said.
“For the club as a whole, staff and players, the next decision needs to be the right one going into pre-season and next season to make sure we start from the very beginning and get ourselves in the right position to go back into the Premier League.
“However much time that takes, that’s down to them. There’s no point in rushing into things.
“There’s still a couple of months until pre-season.”
While Bowyer has fended off questions in the press for several weeks about whether he wants the job full time, Dann says he has not had that conversation with the boss himself.
“Not really,” he said. “But I think all the lads really enjoy working for Gary and he’s done really well in the spells when he’s taken over as manager.
“He’s obviously put himself in the frame to be the manager now. I don’t know whether that’s in Gary’s thoughts or in the club’s thoughts and that’s obviously down to them.
“But if it is something Gary’s thinking about he’s put himself in a good position and he deserves it.”
Rovers have had five managerial changes this season, something the captain admits has been far from ideal.
“Personally I haven’t been at a club before where there have been so many changes in the one season,” he said.
As players you’ve got to try to get on with it but there comes a point where it needs to stop, and we all need to pull in the right direction and make sure the club starts getting back to where it belongs.
“I think the way things have gone though, even though all the changes have happened, we know we should have performed better throughout some parts of the season and been higher up the table.”
Rovers though are now safe from the drop, barring a bizarre set of results including at least a 14-goal defeat at St Andrew’s tomorrow.
That means Dann has avoided a third successive relegation, having dropping out of the Premier League in consecutive seasons with Birmingham and then Rovers.
His former Birmingham centre back partner Roger Johnson is set to complete the unfortunate hat-trick, with Wolves on the verge of back-to-back relegations.
Queens Park Rangers have been linked with an interest in Dann this week but he is looking no further than his wedding at the start of next month.
“In the summer there are that many different things said in the press about every different player,” he added.
“I’m getting married so that’s the only thing I’m thinking about at the minute!
“We’ll just see what happens and I’ll come back for pre-season as fit as possible.”
Tomorrow, Dann returns to the club he departed in a big money move in August 2011, shortly after a lengthy lay-off following a serious hamstring injury.
He is the only man to start every Rovers game this season in all competitions, missing only part of the September draw at Leeds after being forced off through injury.
The Rovers squad were given time off this week after safety was secured, and Dann admits it has eased any fatigue.
“I feels a bit better we’ve now had a couple of days off for the first time in a long time!” he said.
“With the way it went last season I had a couple of niggling injuries and I’ve just been happy to stay fit and be available for every game.
“At Birmingham I had a bad injury for the last four months of the last season I was there and I never really ended up being fit throughout the whole of last season.
“It will be good to go back to Birmingham this weekend. I had a couple of years there and had some good times and obviously got relegated with them so some not so good memories.
“But I enjoyed every minute of it, I’ll be looking forward to going back there and hopefully we can get the right result.”
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