Trapattoni dismisses Blackburn talk

The 73-year-old is one of many big names being suggested as candidates for the Rovers job after Steve Kean's departure, but revealed he has no intention of making the move
Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni has played down speculation linking him with Championship club Blackburn, insisting he is not interested in the job.

Rovers are looking for a new manager after Steve Kean left his post in late September, claiming that the owners Venkys had made his position "untenable".

Reports have suggested that the owners had made contact with the Italian's advisors over the job vacancy, but the 73-year-old has indicated that the rumours are false and stated he has no intention of leaving.

He told reporters: "I'm not aware of it. It must be agent chit-chat. I'm not interested anyway. I am concentrating on the task in hand."

The former Italy manager signed a contract extenuation with Ireland in November last year, after he led them to the Euro 2012 finals, with the deal running out after the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The side are currently in the process of trying to qualify for that tournament, and sit third in Group C after winning their opening fixture against Kazahkstan.

However, they face tough clashes against the likes of Germany and Sweden, with Austria and Faroe Islands also in their group.

Trapattoni is not the only high-profile name to be linked with the Blackburn job, though, with Alan Shearer and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer names also being touted as possibilities.