Blackburn Rovers have not approached Rotherham United for the services of their manager Paul Warne, according to a Twitter update from Yorkshire Post journalist Leon Wobschall.
The Championship side are still on the prowl for Tony Mowbray’s successor after seeing the 58-year-old depart Ewood Park last month, with officials in Lancashire suffering a couple of blows throughout the managerial recruitment process.
Both Carlos Carvalhal and Daniel Farke have moved on to other clubs since first being linked with a move to Rovers – and they are seemingly no closer to making an appointment despite pre-season starting in just a couple of weeks.
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Wycombe Wanderers boss Gareth Ainsworth has become a contender for the top job in Lancashire with the 49-year-old potentially in line to return to his home town – but another EFL manager in Warne has also been linked with this move.
The 49-year-old just about managed to guide the Millers to promotion back to the second tier at the first time of asking despite facing a tough battle with MK Dons – but could fancy taking a step up to Rovers after struggling to keep his side above the third tier in recent years.
As of last night though, no contact has been made between Blackburn and Rotherham for permission to interview Warne and this could be a clear indication of the former’s stance on him.
It would be fascinating to see Warne in a position where he isn’t managing a side that are expected to get relegated from the second tier – because he could continue thriving at a new destination.
Like Ainsworth, Warne has been a reasonably long-serving manager at his current side and this will make him an attractive option for Rovers who won’t want to have a high managerial turnover in the coming seasons after years of stability under Mowbray.
Regardless of who they appoint though, they need to try and get a deal sealed as quickly as possible in preparation for pre-season. Players may not have returned to training yet – but targets should have already been lined up.
Only appointing a new Director of Football yesterday, they may not have a clear list of targets to pursue and they may have already missed out on some ideal free-agent targets with the likes of Bristol City and Cardiff exploiting that market already.
This can only be detrimental to their hopes during the 2022/23 season, so although they need to be thorough in their quest to appoint the right man, this should be done fairly soon to avoid missing out on further targets.