Blackburn make move for top target Sherwood after Kean resignation
11:38 GMT, 29 September 2012
Blackburn Rovers have made an approach to Tottenham for Tim Sherwood as they look to replace Steve Kean.
The Scot's turbulent 22 months in
charge of Blackburn came to an end on Friday when he quit in protest at
being told which players to pick.
And Sherwood, who captained the club to
the Premiership title in 1995, is the man Rovers want to restore
Wanted: Tim Sherwood is top of Blackburn's shortlist
Sherwood, 43, is keen to move up the ladder after four years as assistant first-team coach at Spurs.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas confirmed he will be overlooked for the role as director of football but Sherwood has an outstanding reputation as technical co-ordinator at White
Hart Lane, is one of the most sought after names in the game.
Meanwhile, sources at Ewood Park told Sportsmail Kean felt he had to walk out because the club's Indian owners
were trying to interfere in his selection for Saturday's game at
Gone: Steve Kean resigned from Blackburn Rovers on Friday
'For reasons I cannot discuss on legal advice it is with deep regret I
have been forced to resign due to my position becoming untenable.'
Ironically the 44-year-old has faced
bitter abuse from a section of fans who saw him as the symbol of the
unpopular owners ever since he took over from Sam Allardyce.
Kean had been under extra pressure
since last week's defeat by Middlesbrough left him two points short of
the target of 16 from seven games he was set at the start of the season.
Getting their wish: Blackburn fans have long wanted Kean out of the club
On Friday night, in a statement issued through his lawyers, Kean said: 'For
reasons that I cannot discuss on legal advice, it is with deep regret,
given my hard work and service for the club for a number of years, that I
have been forced to resign as manager of Blackburn Rovers Football Club
with immediate effect, due to my position as team manager becoming
'I wish to thank all the players and
coaching staff for their great support and the majority of the fans, who
now see their club heading towards an automatic promotion position back
to the Premiership. I wish the club all the very best for the future.'