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Blackburn keen on Blackpool raid as manager hunt continues

| 16.10.2012

Blackburn Rovers have been managerless for over two weeks now, since the resignation of the much-maligned Steve Kean from the Lancashire club.

And a host of candidates of varying reputations feature in the betting for the vacancy, with Ian Holloway emerging as an interesting option at 10/1.

Holloway has risen to prominence in recent times, with an unexpected promotion in charge of Blackpool making people sit up and take notice of his abilities.

Often outspoken, the 49-year-old is now one of the most recognisable managers in English football, and thus his public profile could prove a plus point for Blackburn owners Venky’s.

Blackpool would not welcome any approach for their manager, but Holloway could be tempted by the greater budget he would be allowed at Ewood Park.

He was left disappointed recently by his chairman Karl Oyston’s refusal to provide the funding to sign DJ Campbell on loan, and went public with his frustrations.

By contrast, Rovers splashed £8 million on Jordan Rhodes earlier in the season, and it would seem that their new boss will be backed financially, whoever it may be.

Tottenham coach and former Blackburn captain Tim Sherwood still remains favourite for the post, as a 1/2 chance to take on his first managerial role in East Lancashire.

However, Spurs are reluctant to oversee the departure of their first team coach, and the Rovers board are believed to be losing patience in chasing him.

It is thought that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would demand hefty compensation for Sherwood, far excessive to the amount that someone such as Holloway would cost.

And that fact, along with the influence of Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw, who is a big fan of Holloway, could persuade Rovers to pursue the Blackpool chief.

Well-liked by many neutrals around the country, Holloway would likely prove a popular appointment amongst Rovers fans, whom their board are now desperate to appease in the aftermath of the Kean fiasco.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee