Rovers are still in the interviewing phase of their search for a new boss following Mowbray’s departure on the expiration of his contract, with officials at Ewood Park determined to be thorough with their search for a replacement.
Many names have been linked with the top job in Lancashire, though two previous candidates in Carlos Carvalhal and Daniel Farke are now seemingly out of the race as the duo engage in talks with other clubs.
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Duncan Ferguson was also linked with the role despite already being in a coaching position at Premier League side Everton – but he is reported to have told colleagues that he is unaware of any interest in him at this stage.
Former Burnley defender Unsworth was mentioned as another potential candidate despite his links to Blackburn’s local rivals at Turf Moor, with the 48-year-old previously taking caretaker charge of another enemy in Preston North End and Ferguson’s side at Goodison Park.
However, he is another man who isn’t one of the eight candidates under consideration at this point according to the Lancashire Telegraph, even with two candidates exiting the race in recent times.
Considering his lack of managerial experience, this is no real surprise and considering Mowbray had a wealth of experience under his belt, this would have been a real shift from one extreme to another.
Although Rovers struggled towards the end of the season, meaning they missed out on the play-offs, they actually finished above where many people expected them to at the start of the season and this is why it may be safe to assume that the hierarchy wanted a vastly differing figure from Mowbray.
Because of this, Unsworth may have been the candidate to do that, but you just feel they need another safe pair of hands after years of stability under their former boss and this is why Mark Warburton may be a better candidate.
At this stage, it doesn’t look as though the ex-QPR boss is in the frame to take the top job at Ewood Park but they should definitely consider the 59-year-old to take them forward after harshly being dismissed at Loftus Road.
He would be a much better candidate than Unsworth, who probably doesn’t have enough head coach experience under his belt and with his ties to arch-rivals, it may not be an appointment Blackburn supporters would welcome with open arms.