Blackburn won't rush managerial appointment, claims adviser Singh

The club's global adviser reveals that the club have received a number of applications after Steve Kean's departure and will take their time to assess the candidates available

Blackburn Rovers' global adviser Shebby Singh insists that the club will not rush the appointment of Steve Kean's successor

The Scot ended his 21-month reign at Ewood Park with his resignation 10 days ago, claiming that several figures at the club had made his position "untenable", with Singh publicly criticising Kean just weeks before his departure.

And the Rovers official has expressed his delight that the level of interest in the vacancy, telling Sky Sports News:  "It has been a pleasant surprise despite the club having a lot of negative publicity.

"I would say it is an important job so I am pleasantly surprised there is a lot of people wanting to be a part of Blackburn Rovers.

"I would love to do it [appoint a manager] as soon as possible. It could be one week or three weeks. While we are in a hurry to appoint a new manager, we will not be rushed into it."

Alan Shearer has been mentioned as a possible replacement for Kean, having won the Premier League with the club as a player, while former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson has been hinted at as an preference for the club's owners.

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Singh was reluctant to reveal any of the names being considered but claimed that the quality of managers on their shortlist is of a high standard, although he did rule out the Swede being interviewed for the role.

He continued: "They are big names, of course. There are a lot of big names from football and definitely there are big, big names on that list. In this moment of time, I will not release any names.

"You cannot ask a man of Sven-Goran Eriksson's experience to apply for a job. That would be an insult to him. When we deem it fit to speak to someone who is in that category we will make the first approach."

In the meantime, with Blackburn currently sitting ninth in the Championship, Singh has backed caretaker boss Eric Black to lift the club up into the promotion places.

"Eric is now in charge of the team," he added.

"This is a very difficult time for Eric because he is still trying to instil his ideas on the team and it will take some time. Day-to-day management of the team is in the hands of Eric Black."