This article is part of Football League World’s ‘The Verdict‘ series, which provides personal opinions from the FLW writers regarding the latest breaking news, teams, players, managers, potential signings and more…
Since Blackburn Rovers announced that Tony Mowbray would be leaving Ewood Park at the end of his contract this season, they have been on the hunt for a new manager.
According to ESPN journalist Adam Brown, Duncan Ferguson is the latest potential candidate for the job.
The 50-year-old currently works on the coaching staff at Everton but aside from two short stints as interim manager with the Toffees, he has no managerial experience.
Therefore, with Blackburn looking to push further up towards the play-offs next season after finishing six points away from the top six, this could be seen as a more risky appointment.
With that in mind, we asked three writers here at FLW whether they think this is a good potential appointment.
This is a bit of a risk for me.
Obviously, Duncan Ferguson has a huge amount of football experience – both as a player and a coach – but his managerial experience is limited to a few spells as caretaker at Everton.
In my eyes, there are better options out there either in big names like Carlos Carvalhal or Daniel Farke or some of the younger coaches coming through in lower EFL divisions.
Ferguson deserves a chance at some point but there’s no denying it’s a risk for Rovers to give him it.
That could pay off but it could equally leave them back in the same position in 12 months’ time.
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This appointment seems like an unnecessary risk to me.
Ferguson may have worked with the youth team at Everton before, potentially giving him the experience needed to work effectively with a young squad – but he’s inexperienced as a head coach.
They should be looking towards someone like Mark Warburton instead, who has promotion-winning experience under his belt and has also helped to provide QPR with stability before his departure.
After Mowbray’s departure, they require that stability and this is why they should be looking towards a manager with a proven track record.
Ferguson may have taken charge of Everton – but he didn’t do this for an extended period and that may put him at a disadvantage in the race for the top job at Ewood Park.
Blackburn looking to Duncan Ferguson could be a move that pays off considering the success he has had during his stints with Everton.
However, considering some of the other options out there, you would be surprised to see them go for a manager with very little Championship experience. They want a boss who can take them on to the next level now that Tony Mowbray has left.
He managed to almost get them into the play-offs this season and they won’t want to go in the opposite direction now. They could be better with a manager who has been there and done that in the second tier.
Ferguson has done well with Everton but the issue is that those spells have only been temporary – he’s never had a long stint as boss. The question is whether he could do it with the job on a full-time basis at Blackburn.