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Dane keen on Blackburn Rovers role as search goes on
8:30am Saturday 20th October 2012 in News
FORMER Denmark international Michael Schjonberg believes he could be the man to guide Blackburn Rovers back to the Premier League – while Ian Holloway has not yet ruled himself out of the Ewood running.
Schjonberg, pictured above, has registered his interest in the vacant position over the past couple of days and wants the opportunity to discuss it in more detail with the club.
Blackpool boss Holloway is al-ready understood to be on Rovers’ shortlist and, while sources close to him believe he would interested in the role, he sidestepped the ques-tion yesterday with any official approach yet to be made.
Caretaker boss Eric Black will continue in temporary charge for this afternoon’s Champion-ship trip to Derby County and, with the prospect of landing favoured target Tim Sher-wood looking increasingly unlikely, Rovers are now considering their options.
The Lancashire Telegraph understands the club want to land a high-profile name who has already had a taste of English football, although mana-gerial experience at the top level is not a necessity.
Efforts to bring Sherwood to Ewood have not yet been given up on, while a few good results in the next few weeks could yet bring Molde boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer back into the frame.
The former Manchester United ace has ruled himself out of the running until Molde’s season finishes, in early December, with Rovers currently un-willing to wait that long unless their results improve markedly.
Schjonberg, who made almost 50 appearances for Denmark between 1995 and 2000, was a midfielder who enjoyed spells at Hannover, Odense and FC Kaiserslautern, and has been coaching or managing for the past 10 years.
The 45-year-old was initially a youth coach at Kaiserslautern, before taking charge at Danish Superliga outfit Herfolge and then moving on to Hannover, where he was assistant manager and then caretaker boss.
In 2007, he was appointed directorof sport at Kaiserslautern before carrying out a similar role at FC Vestsjælland, where he went on to manage at the Danish second tier outfit.
He said: “I would love the opportunity to talk to the club about the position.
“It is a very exciting opportunity for someone and something that would be of real interest to me.
“I am sure if I got the chance at Blackburn, I could do well and help the club get back to the league they should be in.
“It would be good to speak face to face to the club to get my ideas across to them.”
Holloway is still a name interesting Rovers and Venky’s will be watching Blackpool’s match at Burnley closely tonight, with the game shown live on Sky Sports.
Asked about the links with Rovers yesterday, Holloway was non-committal.
“In life you never know when an opportunity will grab you, but at the moment I’m relishing the chance to take my team to Burnley tonight,” he said.
“Until someone makes an official approach, there’s nothing to talk about.
“I thoroughly enjoy working for this football club, I also enjoy being talked about. “It’s nice, it means you’re doing something that’s good. Do I want the speculation to stop? No. “Is it my fault three clubs around here haven’t got a manager? No.
“What normally happens is they’ll give it to someone who hasn’t already got a job.
“I’ll tuck it in the top of my pocket for confidence, but in the meantime we have a game to prepare for.”
Meanwhile caretaker boss Black has revealed he has not yet been asked if he would like to be considered for the permanent role.
He said: “I don’t think about it. Until I am asked to do a position, I won’t consider all the aspects fully. “There is a process on going, that is apparent, and I am happy to focus on the team.
“The only thing that is relevant is performances for the team and that is all I am focusing on.
“I know it sounds as though I am batting it away but I’m not.
“I am not involved in the recruitment process so I can’t enlighten anyone on how that is going.
“My job is to put this team in the best position for whoever takes charge.
“That is the remit.”