With Steve Kean’s future at Blackburn Rovers looking unlikely to reach the weekend, speculation has already begun as to who will be taking over Ewood Park as the Venkys-owned outfit look to gain promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
Former player Tim Sherwood has been installed as the early favourite for the role, and the captain of the 1995 Premier League winning team would certainly be a popular selection with the supporters.
Almost every available manager would be more popular than the much maligned Kean, but with Sherwood’s history with Rovers the fans would be happy to see the ex-midfielder in the dugout and attempting to lead them back to where they feel they belong.
Sherwood is currently on the coaching staff at another of his former clubs, Tottenham Hotspur, and has regularly been seen on scouting missions for the White Hart Lane side when they are looking to sign a new player or keep an eye on an upcoming opponent.
The trust that has been shown in him by Harry Redknapp and now Andre Villas-Boas despite having no previous coaching experience shows how highly thought of he was by those successful managers, and if he does move back to Lancashire then that will please the Blackburn fans.
He obviously has an eye for a good player, something Kean couldn’t claim to have after admitting he hadn’t seen some of the new signings that he brought to the club in the summer, and that will help, especially if they do get promoted and need to bolster their squad ahead of a fight for survival.
Sherwood also knows the supporters and may well understand their worries after a turbulent few years instead of being in the apparent conflict that Kean has been in ever since he replaced Sam Allardyce.
The question of whether Kean remains as manager has yet to be answered, but if Sherwood is brought in as his replacement, it may help Venkys get the fans off their backs and in turn help the on-field fortunes of a team that has been in free-fall in recent years.