ROCHDALE boss Keith Hill is one of the names being considered by Blackburn Rovers as a replacement for Paul Lambert.

But another of their former players, Lee Carsley, is not in the running to become the club’s new manager.


Rovers are getting close to drawing up a final shortlist of potential successors to Lambert in the Ewood Park hotseat.

And it is understood that Hill, who made 113 appearances for the club between 1987 and 1992, could be named on it.

The shortlist, which is likely to be completed this week, will need to be sent to India for final approval from Rovers’ owners Venky’s.

The club will be operating on a reduced budget next season following the end of Premier League parachute payments.

But it will be a significant improvement on the one Hill has worked with during nine seasons across two spells in charge of Rochdale.

In his first spell he led the Dale to a play-off final, a play-off semi-final and then to the club’s first promotion after 36 years in the bottom tier of the Football League before he moved to Barnsley in June 2011.

Hill returned to Spotland in January 2013, after the sacking of current Accrington Stanley boss John Coleman, and won a second promotion from League Two 18 months later.

In the past two seasons Rochdale have narrowly missed out on the play-offs, finishing 10th and a best ever placing of eighth, on one of the lowest budgets in League One.

Hill kept Barnsley in the Championship and helped the development of now fully fledged England internationals John Stones and Danny Drinkwater before he was sacked in December 2012 following a 3-1 home loss to Rovers.

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Rovers are looking for a manager who is willing to bring through players from the club’s thriving youth set-up.

But it understood that Carsley has no interest in the post despite being one of the bookies’ favourites.

The 42-year-old, who scored 13 goals in 55 appearances during an 18-month spell with Rovers between 1999 and 2000, left Brentford in December.

Carsley won five of his 10 games as interim head coach of the Bees, landing the Championship manager of the month prize for October, having previously held the role of the club’s development squad manager.

He made it clear at the time he had no desire to remain as a senior boss and has since started working with the England Under-19 team and as an ‘out of possession’ coach for all the national sides between U15 and U21 level.