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.”