Shearer keen on Rovers return
Published 23:00 15/12/10 By David Anderson and Alan Nixon
Alan Shearer is interested in taking over at his old club Blackburn - but only if he gets assurances from Venky's.
Shearer has told friends that he is ready to return to management after his unsuccessful spell at Newcastle.
And he has not been put off by his brief tenure at St James' Park which ended with relegation in May 2009.
The former striker is still highly thought of at Blackburn and was the board's first choice to succeed Mark Hughes in the summer of 2008.
However Shearer ruled himself out of the running to concentrate on his media work with the BBC and also had one eye on Newcastle then.
He has since scratched that itch at Newcastle and knows there is no chance of him returning while Mike Ashley remains in charge.
Blackburn is a more realistic destination and Shearer remains keen on the club after shooting them to the title in 1995.
He fits owners Venky's profile for their new boss and he is young, English, ambitious and a big name.
However Shearer would want assurances about the running of the club if he were offered the job.
He saw how Sam Allardyce was sacked because he was at odds with Venky's over their transfer policy.
Shearer would not want any such interference if he took over and would want the final say over signings and team selection.
He would also want to meet the Rao brothers to see if he could form a working relationship with them.
Although some fans have never forgiven him for leaving to join Newcastle in 1996, most would welcome his return.
Many supporters disliked Allardyce's direct style and Shearer believes in getting the ball down and passing it.
Indian poultry giants Venky's say they are in no hurry to appoint Allardyce's successor. They have told caretaker Steve Kean he will be given a chance to stake his claim for the job.
Cynics will say it suits Venky's to leave Kean in control during the transfer window to give them a free hand over signings.
Kean may also be favoured because his agents are the SEM Group, who are acting as consultants to Venky's with Kentaro.
It is a wonderful opportunity for Kean, who was brought in as first-team coach by Allardyce in August 2009.
Kean is on a three-month 'trial' at Blackburn to prove he can be a better boss than Allardyce.
The highly-rated Scot will be in charge after a glowing reference from Indian chairwoman Anuradha Desai.
Kean has been pushed into the post and the Venky's spokesman confirmed he had their backing - but also revealed they would be looking around at alternatives in the meantime.
Mrs Desai said: "We strongly believe the present person is very capable and a hard-working person.
"What is important is being positive and I think this man is very positive. He will lead the team quite well for some time.
"Maybe we should give him three months. It is a good enough time for us to look at him and around for a new manager. We are not far away from relegation, that is looking over the edge.
"I think we have a beautiful team, but it needs motivation. I'm not saying Sam wasn't. I think that this man is more positive. That is important.
"I can vouch for Steve Kean. My brothers have had conversations with him, I have spoken to him on the phone and I will come over to meet him soon.
"He will stand up to the expectations of the fans, most of the guys like him for his sincerity and hard work. We need a positive man heading our club."
Kean was formerly Chris Coleman's No2 at Coventry and Real Sociedad, and is well respected by his peers.
The fall-out from Allardyce's shock sacking on Monday continue, but chairman John Williams and secretary Tom Finn are staying to bring some stability to the club.