Time factor in Blackburn Rovers management search

It has now been a month since the end of the Championship season, and four weeks after the official confirmation that Tony Mowbray will be leaving at the end of his contract.

Is that it Research vehicles takes his time knowing the importance of his first managerial appointment in five years, new names have come into the fold, major goals have gone elsewhere, or a lack of clarity on the direction the club wants to take, the time spent adds up. the plot, but also building tension.

Although the manager would not play an active role in next week’s pre-season testing, there is also no leading coach at the club following Liam Mason’s departure to Newcastle United.

And it wouldn’t hurt, not least in the quest to keep players weighing their future, if a new man were at the helm sooner rather than later.

The current head of recruitment, John Park, is out of contract at the end of the month, so while planning will be done for the transfer window, this will not be as united as ideal due to the wait for a manager. , as well as the incoming sports director.

That appointment was expected to follow that of a new head coach, and although no bad thing, if anything the right way around, it shows that time has ticked for the most important appointment, that of Mowbray’s replacement.

All is left feeling at a standstill until that appointment is made, and may well have affected supporters as well in terms of season ticket sales.

As well as the pursuit of their own side, Rovers supporters will have a half eye on the managerial moves of two of their Lancashire rivals.

Blackpool, whose managerial vacancy came in much more of a shock than Mowbray’s, look good in their search, with permission granted by Cheltenham Town to talk to their boss Michael Duff about the vacancy.

Burnley has been without a manager since April, following the dismissal of Sean Dyche, but seems to be just a dirty bureaucrat away from concluding a deal for Vincent Kompany after his departure from Anderlecht.

Then QPR, in a similar position to Rovers as their manager Mark Warburton left at the end of his contract, appointed Michael Beale as their new boss last week, who in turn saw Neil Critchley replace him as Aston Villa No.2 to create the. vacancy at Bloomfield Road.

So Rovers could soon be the only side in the division looking for a new manager, a significant factor in itself.

Although not as short a summer break as 2020, the World Cup in Qatar this winter requiring a break from Championship matches for a month has seen the start date brought forward from a week to July 30th.

As a result, and hopes to be in the best possible shape for the return to pre-season training, some Rovers players will return at Brockhall almost two weeks earlier than usual.

Researchers are reluctant to comment on their administrative search in the same way they did when Mowbray began to talk openly about his future.

Nor did it help alleviate worries, or provide assurance, but the club might think that the little they could reveal would do little to reassure or satisfy that.

Patience turned to restlessness and in some respects care, and even with an administrative appointment that could still remain. Indeed, any appointment comes with a level of risk.

But clarity is the key, providing a position from which Rovers can move forward.


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