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Rovers yet to interview all candidates for Ewood hot seat
BLACKBURN Rovers have yet to interview all the managers they are considering to fill the Ewood Park hot seat – with an appointment before Saturday’s trip to Derby County looking increasingly unlikely.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands several contenders have been spoken to over the past few days but no decision will be made until they have interviewed the rest on their shortlist.
It is believed Blackpool boss Ian Holloway and Molde manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are included on the list drawn up by global advisor Shebby Singh, managing director Derek Shaw and operations director Paul Agnew.
Spurs’ coach and Rovers’ Premier League winning skipper Tim Sherwood, right, is also a prominent name on the list with Rovers expected to make an approach to the Londoners imminently.
Sherwood has been targeted as a potential successor to Kean by Singh ever since the position became vacant but an initial approach was knocked back by the Londoners.
Singh is understood to remain hopeful an agreement can be reached with Spurs though, with efforts to clear the way for talks with Sherwood set to be stepped up over the next 48 hours.
Sources close to the 43-year-old believe he would be interested in discussing the position with Rovers’ board but would not be prepared to attempt to force a move.
This leaves Rovers needing to reach a satisfactory agreement with Spurs with talks understood to be held over the next few days.
Rovers were initially hoping to have their man at the helm before Saturday’s trip to Pride Park but, with targets still to talk to, look increasingly resigned to having to continue their efforts next week.
Caretaker boss Eric Black is still also understood to be under consideration for the position and will continue with the temporary reigns as Rovers’ Championship campaign continues on Saturday.
Barnsley boss Keith Hill, Chorley’s Garry Flitcroft and MK Dons’ Karl Robinson are also understood to have been under consideration.
Blackpool were bracing themselves for an approach from Rovers to speak to their boss Holloway but, as yet, no official contact has been forthcoming, while Solskjaer would not consider leaving the Norwegian champions before the end of their season in late November.
It is understood owners Venky’s do not want to bring an ‘old school’ type of manager into the club as they look to develop an up and coming manager. It is believed extensive managerial experience is not a priority.