Behind the scenes at Blackburn Rovers – Latest links between manager, sporting director and Ash Phillips


How likely is a new rover manager to be announced in the next two weeks? – Matthew Hindle

Things definitely escalated this week, as reported by Lancs Live, along with other local media. Interviews have taken place and will be finalized before the weekend.

If we’re talking two weeks from today’s date, which brings us to July 9, I’d like to think there will be a new manager in place. You imagine the natural process will be to identify their main target and continue the talks next week and hopefully a deal can be reached.

The earliest would be best. It’s still very early days but the club don’t want to fall behind on the transfer market.

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Whoever the new manager/head coach is, what is the budget for new players this summer and has the recruiting process started yet? -Marc Whittle

Tony Mowbray insisted the recruitment process was still ongoing while he was at the club despite it being clear he was leaving. He always insisted he would run the club as if he were there forever.

Mowbray hinted that they were considering free agents and small salaries. Now, that could change depending on who the club recruits as their new boss.

Like all clubs, there will be contingency planning. They had known for a while that Joe Rothwell, Bradley Johnson and Jacob Davenport were all likely to go in order to identify potential midfield targets. But I’d be surprised to see someone walk in without a manager’s green light.

Please say there is no reality to the Boothroyd or Adkins rumors – David Cokell

These are not names I have heard mentioned and it would be hard to muster much logic around them. We saw Simon Grayson randomly slash betting odds two weeks ago and there was nothing behind it. Likewise, Michael Carrick.

Aidy Boothroyd has struggled with the England Under-21s for a while but has experience with younger players. While Adkins has impressed in some jobs, he ultimately failed last time out at Charlton Athletic, so I’d be surprised to see him as a favorite for a Championship role right now.

Talking about selling Ash Phillips sounds crazy to me. Is the Championship too physical for him? Another 23 season with an appearance in the senior team is surely approaching. Would love to see him play for Blackburn in two seasons – Marcus Pattie

There have been whispers in the national media about Ash Phillips and Tottenham Hotspur. Nothing has come of it since.

He is incredibly well rated at Ewood Park and seems to have all the raw attributes to become one of the best defenders. If there is serious interest, a big offer could be hard to refuse and could help the club in the short term with signing players.

For me, it would all depend on the type of club and the size of the offer on the table. I think with the right manager there is a clear path to the first team, which is encouraging.

We often hear about clubs having medium term plans (let’s forget Venky’s original 4 year plan to get us into the champions league) so I was wondering if there is any information on our current plan? And the thoughts behind it all? -Michael Maloney

The honest answer is no, but it’s something that will definitely be addressed when the new manager is unveiled. After five years of Tony Mowbray, fans want to know what the immediate plan is for the next man in the dugout.

We will probably have the new manager and maybe Steve Waggott or another senior member of the club present for the unveiling of the next manager. This will be the time to have some clarification on the project moving forward.

Who do you realistically think we will have as the new manager and director of football? -Martin Slater

It’s hard to say without knowing exactly who we talked to and who we didn’t talk to. We know Carlos Carvalhal has been interviewed and I understand Gareth Ainsworth is also on the list, but reports around him are conflicting.

Carvalhal is a realistic option, he is available, wants to manage in England and has Championship experience. If a deal can or will be reached, we will wait and see.

On the sporting director, I always try to dig around this topic. It seems they have someone in mind, but I’m still trying to figure it out, truth be told.

What time do you expect to be filled first – Coach or Director of Football? -John Leigh

I think the manager position will be filled first, but it depends on how quickly they can agree the terms with their primary focus for both positions. If the manager search drags on, it could be the other way around.

Do you have any idea of ​​the signing of Nyambe or Lenihan? Or will they wait until they talk to the new director? Do they really want to sign? -Adam B

The wait continues. Both players aspire to compete in the Premier League and want to know the club’s ambition.

Part of the delay will be financial while they evaluate the other options on the table. An important factor will also be the next manager to come through the door and the statement that will be sent out on the club’s goals.

My instinct, and this is just an opinion, is that one of them will re-sign.

Any idea who will be on the interview panel(s)? -John Leigh

Steve Waggott is involved in the interview process, as you can imagine. He was there this week.

Any news on the kits? We always seem to be quite late in releasing them and we lose revenue from people buying them for their summer vacations. -Robert Hein

The season has only been over for three weeks. From what I’ve seen, Coventry City are the only team to release their new tape, so there’s still plenty of time.

Potential designs and discussions will continue in the background. The club will want to market them at the right time and without a new manager it’s not the ideal time.

The sooner they sort out off-pitch decisions, the more likely they are to start a promotion for the new kit.

Obviously the pre-season matches have already been organised, but will it be likely that the new manager/head coach will add more matches to our pre-season schedule? Also, were our preparations also planned? Are the players likely to go on training abroad as usual, or is it all going to be decided by the new manager? -Vinnie McCarron

There isn’t much room left in the pre-season diary, as already confirmed. Rovers have matches every weekend from July 9 to the start of the 2022/23 season (July 30).

It is possible to add other matches in the middle of the week. Hartlepool United are the only ones on the schedule so far.

As for a training camp, it would be before the start of the friendlies, so again it depends on how quickly they bring in their manager. You’d say it might still be doable if someone gets settled in the next fortnight.


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