Blackburn need experienced manager to push for promotion to Premier League, says Phil Brown

Last Updated: 06/01/13 2:20pm

Phil Brown told Goals on Sunday that he would relish the opportunity to take charge of Blackburn.

Rovers are looking for a new manager following the dismissal of Henning Berg last week - the Norwegian axed after accruing just a solitary win from his 10 games at the helm.

The Lancashire outfit, relegated from the Premier League last term, sit 13th in the Championship, five points adrift of the top six.

But Brown, who guided Hull into the top flight at the end of the 2007-08 season, believes Rovers can flourish if they appoint someone with proven management ability.

"Blackburn, which is 10 minutes away from where I live, is a fantastic football club," said Brown. "They have got a great squad for a start and have a goalscorer in Jordan Rhodes, who they paid £8million for to get from Huddersfield.

"The Venky's (Blackburn's owners) have intimated that they are looking for a coach, but I think they need a manager to run things footballing-wise, to back up the great strides being made business-wise."


Brown departed Preston last winter with the club struggling in League One, while he was also sacked from his first managerial gig at Derby after just seven months in the hotseat.

But the 53-year-old, assistant to Sam Allardyce when Bolton were flying high in the Premier League, believes he is now a better manager for his tough times in the dugout.

"In the interviews I have had recently I am always asked about the negative parts of my career, and you do learn more from losing than you do from winning," said Brown, a former right-back for Hartlepool, Halifax, Bolton and Blackpool.

"Winning is the icing on the cake - and I have had three promotions in my time as a coach, assistant manager and manager - but I gleaned an awful amount of management acumen from my time at Derby and Preston when I was working in difficult situations.

"However, going into the Premier League and surviving, which I did at Hull, requires a different type of management and is a terrific achievement.

"It doesn't get you a trophy, but it is a great thing to have on your CV and something you can take forward with you."


Brendan Rodgers guided Swansea to Premier League safety last season and was subsequently snared by Liverpool, inking a three-year deal in June.

But former Anfield favourite Dietmar Hamann feels it could be a while before the Ulsterman leads the five-time European Cup winners back into the Champions League.

"Liverpool have got quite a few points to make up on top four-chasing teams like Everton, Arsenal and a Spurs side who have a fantastic squad and want to bring players in in January," said Hamann.

"So I don't think they will get in the top four this season, but it is vital they get momentum and in the habit of winning games in the second half of the season.

"Brendan had done well since he has been in there but Liverpool are three or four quality player shorts in forward areas as they rely too heavily Raheem Sterling and Suso.

"Daniel Sturridge has come in but I would have liked to see another experienced striker or winger come in; Theo Walcott would have been perfect, but I think he will stay at Arsenal now."