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Simon Garner: 'My top five picks for the Rovers job'
Simon Garner picks his top five contenders for the Rovers managerial vacancy, in different categories, and analyses their strengths and weaknesses . . .
The incumbent: Eric Black
Everyone I speak to says that Eric is a good man and a very good coach. He knows the club, he knows the players and he is well respected by everyone at Ewood Park.
I’m sure he would be a safe pair of hands to take over in the interim but the problem is I’m not sure the appointment would attract the fans. They would see it as a ‘Steve Kean’ scenario.
That is probably a little bit unfair as well because Eric has managed before, unlike Steve, but maybe this has just come at the wrong time for him.
The experienced: Roy Keane
A controversial choice but he could be the man to bring some discipline back to the club. He is experienced although it has to be said he didn’t set the world on fire at either Sunderland or Ipswich.
A lot of people are saying Mick McCarthy as an experienced choice and I’m sure he would get the club back up but he would probably take them down again.
Kean would be a bit of a gamble but he might just be that no-nonsense man the club need now. They need someone to tell them exactly how it is and to not be bullied by his bosses. Keane is that man.
The foreign ‘name’: Gianluca Vialli
This one is a bit from left field, but if Venky’s decide they want a glamorous name in charge then why not someone like Vialli? He has managed in England and everyone in the game knows him.
We don’t know what Venky’s want but if they wanted a name, then Vialli would put Rovers back on the map. People would be talking about the club for the right reasons.I don’t believe a ‘name’ is the way to go but if it was I would go for Vialli.
The managerial starlet: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
A lot of supporters seem to think Ole is the man. I see the merits in him as well as he has done brilliantly in Norway and will have learned a lot of under the stewardship of Alex Ferguson.
You have to question whether he would seriously come though, as he turned down the Villa job and that was in the Premier League. Why would he come to Rovers?
Ole would be a very interesting proposition though and I would be tempted to go and sound him out. He’d be a gamble but what isn’t?
The Rovers legend: Tim Sherwood
Sherwood is my choice out of everyone. Whether that is possible financially, I have no idea but I would be all for breaking the bank to bring him to the club. People say he is inexperienced but I don’t agree. Maybe he has not managed before but he is highly thought of in the coaching set-up at Tottenham and has stayed in the game since his playing days. The likes of Alan Shearer haven’t got that.
Tim would bring the feel-good factor back. The fans would be behind him and that is something we need.