Championship side Blackburn Rovers are on the hunt for a new manager after longtime boss Tony Mowbray left by mutual agreement last month, with promotion on their agenda
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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly urged Blackburn Rovers to appoint Duncan Ferguson as their new boss.
Blackburn are without a manager following the departure of longtime boss Tony Mowbray by mutual consent. Ferguson is the favorite for the job, with Gareth Ainsworth, Damien Johnson, Carlos Carvalhal, Michael Carrick and Roy Keane also in the frame.
Ferguson worked with Ancelotti at Everton during the Italian’s 18-month tenure at Goodison Park, before leaving to join Real Madrid last summer. It turned out to be a wise move as Real won La Liga, Champions League and Supercopa de Espana this season.
Ferguson is still at Goodison Park, working under Frank Lampard as first-team coach. Still, the Scot, who has twice stepped in as Everton keeper, could be on the verge of getting his first permanent job in management thanks to Ancelotti.
According The sun, Ancelotti called on Blackburn to provide a glowing Ferguson reference. It’s believed the Everton legend wasn’t considered for the Blackburn role until the former AC Milan and Chelsea manager picked up Madrid’s phone.
Ancelotti reportedly even offered Ferguson the chance to join him at Real but Ferguson turned down the chance to stay at Everton. It’s unclear whether Ferguson would even accept the Blackburn job if offered, such is his affinity with the Merseyside club.
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Blackburn are one of the most famous clubs in English football – winning three top flight titles, six FA Cups, the EFL Cup, Full Members Cup, Community Shield and FA Youth Cup. They won the Premier League in 1994-95, propelling Manchester United to the title.
Blackburn have not played in the Premier League since being relegated under Steve Kean in 2011-12. They slipped into League One in 2016-17 but won promotion at the first attempt under Mowbray, finishing second on 96 points.
Mowbray was hoping to lead Blackburn to the Premier League this season. A 1-0 home win against Middlesbrough in January lifted them second in the table, but a poor run of four wins in their last 18 league games saw them finish eighth.
“First of all, I would like to thank the owners and the board for giving me the opportunity to lead a football club steeped in such great history and tradition. It has been a real privilege to have been the manager of Blackburn Rovers,” Mowbray said as he left.
“I would also like to thank all the supporters and all the wonderful staff at the club…it has been a wonderful experience to bring my values to a football club over a period of five years and to create an environment where people enjoy coming to the club. work every day and where players feel they can improve every day.
“I really enjoyed it, it was very rewarding and I thank everyone for accompanying the journey with me, but I feel like the time has come to move on and let someone else try. I wish this amazing group of young players and the club in general every success in the future.”