It has been over two weeks since Blackburn Rovers confirmed Tony Mowbray would leave the club this summer but his successor has yet to be named.
While it is important to have the right coach in place, continued delays will only hurt Rovers’ preparations for the 2022/23 Championship season.
The North West Club will likely be looking to arrange an appointment soon and with that in mind we have highlighted the three most ideal candidates to take charge of Rovers…
Anyone who has watched championship football over the past decade will have seen Daniel Farke’s side dominate Norwich City en route to two promotions in four years.
Beginning of the month, reports specified he was open to replacing Mowbray.
The Germany manager’s pedigree in the second tier is undeniable and installing him at the top would be a real statement of intent which in turn could persuade the likes of Darragh Lenihan and Joe Rothwell to stay.
Farke’s success at Carrow Road was also a product of the structure around him, and that doesn’t exist at Ewood Park at the moment.
He wouldn’t have the kind of purchasing power he was used to during his time at Norwich, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t thrive.
Last season proved that there is talent within the Rovers ranks and Farke could be just the manager to help them take that next step, while a big name like him could make it easier for Blackburn to bring players to the club to fetch.
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Another with experience at the top end of the Championship, Carlos Carvalhal put Sheffield Wednesday in the play-offs twice during his time at Hillsborough but never secured promotion.
The 56-year-old is a free agent and is agreed Discussions held with the club about replacing Mowbray.
If Rovers are looking for a manager who can build a push for promotion over the next few seasons, and do so through attacking and attractive football, then Carvalhal could be an ideal candidate, while his coaching career – with roles at Sporting Lisbon and Beşiktaş – speaks for itself .
The work he has done at Braga is impressive but there will no doubt be concerns as to whether he can succeed at Ewood Park given the financial constraints.
He was given financial backing on Wednesday but things will get tighter when he takes charge at Rovers, although that doesn’t mean it couldn’t work out.
More of a short-term option than a longer-term team builder, Carvalhal could be ideal if that’s what Blackburn is looking for.
There have been mixed reports on whether Wycombe boss Gareth Ainsworth is being considered for the role – with The Sun reporting he’s in the running and the Lancashire Telegraph claiming he isn’t – but he could be an ideal candidate.
The young Blackburn fan has made no secret of his past love for the club and would be a different kind of appointment given he has just a year’s experience managing championships where the chairboys have been relegated.
However, that should not overshadow the remarkable work Ainsworth has done on a tight budget at Adams Park and her promotion from League One has been a monumental achievement in the first place.
He has managed several promotions during his time at the club, beating teams with much larger budgets in the process, which would suit him well for the job at Blackburn.
The 49-year-old is a manager capable of building a long-term project at Ewood Park without a lot of money, while his pragmatic style of football could be effective in the short-term.
It wouldn’t be an appointment with the ambition of the other two, but it could be more sustainable and possibly more effective.