Blackburn Rovers appointment imminent says global advisor


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Blackburn global advisor Shebby Singh claims the club will have a new manager in place by the middle of next week at the latest.

Rovers have had approaches for Fulham first-team coach Billy McKinlay and Tottenham counterpart Tim Sherwood rejected as they look for a replacement for Steve Kean.

The npower Championship club have been without a manager since Kean's resignation last month, with Eric Black currently in caretaker charge, but Singh, who heads up the recruitment party, insists the wait is almost over.

"You have got to tread with caution and if caution means taking a little bit more time than usual we'll take it," he said on The Footballer's Football Show on Sky Sports 1.

Asked when an appointment would be made, he said: "Definitely by the middle of next week."

Singh revealed Rovers had already started interviewing candidates for the job.

He hinted that the club would favour a young up-and-coming manager, adding: "This group is obviously the most interesting one, because you've got to look, you've got to find, you've got to search, so that is possibly why it has taken more time."

Fulham manager Martin Jol says McKinlay might have been able to discuss the managerial vacancy at Blackburn had it been made clear he was the Championship outfit's number-one choice.

"They asked us a couple of days ago if they can talk to him and we said no," he said.

"If you say yes it opens the door for other clubs to talk to my one of my staff members. There are always four to six other people involved, so why should I say yes?

"If I'm 100 per cent certain they'd take him I'd probably be a bit more positive.

"I need Billy. He's a good boy and is developing into a very good coach and manager.

"If they said, 'He's our number one choice', I'd probably tell them they can talk to him.

"But there are always big lists in football and I want Billy to stay.

"If I wanted someone I'd make a nice phone call, informal. With us it was formal - 'can we speak to him?' 'No'."

Black led his charges to a first win at the fifth time of asking courtesy of an unconvincing 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Wednesday night that moved them up to fifth in the Championship table.