Experience essential

Hendry distances himself from Rovers job

Last Updated: 13/10/12 1:24pm

Colin Hendry: out of the running

Former Blackburn defender Colin Hendry denied he could be in contention for the managerial vacancy at Ewood Park and insisted the incoming boss requires experience above all else.

" The man in charge at the moment, Eric Black, has those credentials but it would be up to Shevy and the owners to decide whether that is what they are going to do."

Colin Hendry

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Hendry, who made more than 300 appearances for Rovers in two stints at the club, rejoined Rovers in the summer as first-team coach under then manager Steve Kean. Following Kean's departure a host of former Rovers players have been linked with the vacancy.

However, Hendry, who left his role as Clyde manager in 2008, told Soccer AM that is not the right time for him to return to management having only recently comeback to football.

And he insisted the next manager of Blackburn should have substantial managerial experience, seemingly ruling out former team-mates Alan Shearer and Tim Sherwood, who have both been linked with the role.

Hendry did, however, suggest current interim manager Eric Black would be an ideal candidate.

"I had been out of the game for five years and have only just come back into it," he told Soccer AM. "I am a big part of it and I am enjoying myself. It is a transitional period for the club, no doubt, but for me it needs to be a more experienced man.

Credentials

"The credential you need, I think, for the club at the moment is experience and that is what the club are talking about and Shebby is talking about. The man in charge at the moment, Eric Black, has those credentials but it would be up to Shebby and the owners to decide whether that is what they are going to do.

"Although we have had a half decent start we have slipped away in the last three or four games. We did start extremely well but we still have to come together as a team more.

"I think the appointment of the new manager should bring experience. I'd expect him to bring experience because he needs the credentials to take the club forward. The club does need managing.

"It is not just about putting 11 players on the pitch to win a game of football. These days the top guys manage the thing from top to bottom."

World-class

Pushed on whether Shearer, Sherwood or Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would make good appointments, Hendry said: "I kicked one and played with the other two.

"Although you were a world-class footballer it does not necessarily make you a top rate coach or manager. I think anyone in the game understands that."