Blackburn Rovers face big decision as Tim Sherwood and Alan Shearer emerge as Ewood Park candidates

07 October 2012 05:58
Bringing in a backroom staff would be desirable for a new manager. Sherwood works as part of a coaching team at Tottenham alongside Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey and they have a close relationship. Sherwood captained Blackburn Rovers to the league title in 1995, while Shearer was top scorer, and those glory days contrast sharply with the growing crisis at the club. Present-day captain Danny Murphy is being targeted by the crowd while current attacking spearhead Jordan Rhodes, the club’s record signing, is exhausted after being forced to play an unfamiliar advanced striker role. After the campaign of abuse directed at former manager Steve Kean, leading to his exit when they slipped off top spot, the club have taken only two points from the three matches Black was given in temporary charge. Black has no regrets about switching from a positive to a pragmatic style, saying that Blackburn’s previous approach under Kean was not “correct”. Having scored 15 goals in Kean’s seven games this season, Blackburn have netted just once in three matches under Black. Organised Wolves wisely kept it tight then nicked a deserved victory that moved them up to third. “I’m quite happy the way I’ve changed it,” said Black. “I don’t think the performances (beforehand) were correct.” Rhodes has led the line due to Colin Kazim-Richards’s fitness struggles, Leon Best’s injury and Black’s defensive system. Black insists that he had no choice but to make Rhodes play in that role, but sees the problem with it. “What we are asking the boy to do is ridiculous,” he admitted. “The poor kid looks absolutely shattered.”

Source: telegraph