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Venky's must get new boss right, warns Parkes
TONY Parkes has warned Venky’s ‘you can’t afford to get this decision wrong’ after claiming Blackburn Rovers’ owners have yet to get anything right at Ewood Park.
Parkes, known as ‘Mr Blackburn Rovers’ for the 35 years he spent at the club as a player, coach and caretaker manager, believes the controversial poultry giants are now entering the ‘last chance saloon’ at the club as they step up their search for a new manager.
The 63-year-old believes any managerial appointment is a ‘gamble’ but fears the Venky’s first couple of years has left them facing the biggest decision at the club “for years” as they look to turn around their fortunes.
Parkes fears the wrong appointment will leave Rovers exiled from the Premier League for a “very long time” and has urged them to seek as much advice as they can from the right people.
Parkes said: “There haven’t been many bigger decisions at the club than this for a long, long time.
“Choosing a manager is never guaranteed, all owners make wrong decisions. I’m sure Jack Walker would agree with that and John Williams would. It is always a gamble.
“The problem we have here is Venky’s simply can’t afford to get it wrong.
“They appointed Steve Kean from nowhere, they then didn’t sack him and now they are left without a manager in the Championship.
“They haven’t got anything right since they came in almost two years ago. The club is on a bit of a knife edge because of the turmoil we have all been put through.
“Other owners have a bit of grace if they get a decision wrong, Venky’s don’t because of what they have done so far.
“We have to get back to the Premier League this season. So if they get the wrong man we could be stuck in the Championship for a long time. Even worse, we could drop through the leagues.”
Rovers’ global adviser Shebby Singh has told the Lancashire Telegraph that a shortlist of managerial candidates is expected to be drawn up tomorrow, with a host of top names understood to be in contention.
Javier Clemente, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Bernd Schuster are all managers understood to have expressed an interest.
Stuart McCall, Terry Butcher, Giovanni Trapattoni, Paul Dickov and Peter Reid are also believed to be interested in the role, but Parkes believes Singh & co need to speak to the right people.
“Singh is a bit of a mystery man,” said Parkes. “I’m not really sure how he is qualified to be running a football club. You just hope it isn’t a case of the blind leading the blind.
“Shebby and the owners need to go and speak to people who know English football and who will give them the right advice, unlike last time. I believe they need someone experienced, who knows what it takes to get out of this league.
“The support is still there. The size of the crowd on Saturday showed that. Kean went and the fans came back. Venky’s have to make sure they don’t lose that support by making the wrong decision.
“To keep Eric Black would maybe be seen as the easy decision for them because he would be cheap but they know it would draw criticism from the fans, because it would be seen similar to the Steve Kean appointment – unfairly probably.
“There is so much think about for them but they need to get it right.”