Saturday 18 November 2017

Bowyer to lead Blackburn until end of month

Dominic Farrell

BLACKBURN’S search for a third manager this season is to be placed on the backburner after the npower Championship club announced Gary Bowyer will lead them for the rest of January.

Bowyer, the reserve team boss at Rovers, took charge alongside youth-team counterpart Terry McPhillips after Henning Berg's stint in the Ewood Park hotseat was brought to an end on the back of one win in 10 games as Steve Kean's successor.

Back-to-back victories over Barnsley and Nottingham Forest with six goals scored have followed to move Blackburn back to within five points of the play-off places.

Bowyer is set to address the media tomorrow morning ahead of Saturday's home FA Cup tie with Bristol Rovers, while league fixtures against Wolves, Charlton and Brighton complete the month he has to stake his claim.

The former Rotherham full-back found himself thrust into the role of caretaker manager as senior coaches Eric Black, Iain Brunskill and Bobby Mimms were also shown the door along with Berg, and global advisory Shebby Singh paid tribute to the job Bowyer, McPhillips and the remaining Ewood staff have done in the circumstances.

He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I have got to defend my backroom staff who have done an excellent job over the past two games.

"The likes of Gary Bowyer and Terry McPhillips have been working their socks off over the last week to 10 days.

"We are not short-handed in any departments. We have got people who are extremely happy and accepting the challenge.

"I will disagree with anybody who says that (we are short-handed)."

Singh also stated Blackburn's next permanent manager will be offered an initial deal until the end of this season with the incentive of an extension if specified targets are met.

The latest high-profile name to be linked to Rovers is former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, who suggested an interest in the vacancy when quoted by the Lancashire Telegraph this morning.

Eriksson's representative Athole Still was coy on the prospect of Eriksson making the move to east Lancashire but confirmed his client is interested in a return to the dugout.

He told Press Association Sport: "I've no comment on (the Blackburn link) at the moment. I know about it but that's all I can say.

"It's not a question of the Championship or anything. He is interesting in getting back to management at a good club."

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