Will Blackburn Rovers turn to Nigel Adkins?

by Jack Kitson / 22 February 2017, 10:24

Blackburn Rovers are searching for their eighth manager in seven years following Tuesday's departure of Owen Coyle, who lasted only 37 games in the Ewood Park dugout.

A whole host of names were instantly hurled into the mix as potential replacements for the 50-year-old, including the likes of Tim Sherwood, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Gary Rowett, only for Nigel Adkins to then emerge as the odds-on favourite in the betting.

The market was then suspended on Tuesday night, with rumours rife that Rovers had made a swift appointment in Adkins.

However, nothing has been confirmed by the club, while The Mirror has reported that Rovers' former Premier League title winning captain, Sherwood, could return as manager.

But, simply put, no one has a clue.

Adkins’ last spell in the dugout was a season long stint at Sheffield United, who sent him packing after finishing 11th in League One - the club’s lowest league standing in over 30 years.

Adkins didn’t enjoy the best of times at Reading either, but at Southampton he flourished, leading the Saints to back-to-back promotions from League One up to the Premier League, only to then be harshly sacked mid-way through the following season.

Adkins, a former physio, has also previously guided Scunthorpe to promotion to the Championship on two occasions.

If Adkins is appointed then he takes charge of a side struggling down in 23rd, three points adrift of safety, with a huge six-pointer on Friday away to relegation rivals Burton.

Nigel Adkins Win %

  • 41.7% Scunthorpe
  • 54% Southampton
  • 36.3 Reading
  • 40.7 Sheff Utd

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