Real Madrid manager tells Blackburn Rovers who to replace Tony Mowbray with

Blackburn Rovers are yet to name their next manager but have received advice from Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti among all.

The Champions League-winning boss is said to have phoned Rovers, to heap praise on former Everton assistant Duncan Ferguson – who has been linked with the role. Ancelotti was in charge at Goodison Park for 18 months, before returning to manage Madrid for a second time.

The Italian wanted to take Ferguson to the Bernabeu with him but reports last summer claimed the Scot felt ready to take on a number one role himself – and thus turned down the opportunity. He worked alongside Rafa Benitez, then had a brief stint as interim boss after his dismissal, before remaining in Frank Lampard’s behind-the-scenes team.

The Rovers have conducted interviews for their vacancy, with a director of football also due to be appointed ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. Carlos Carvalhal and Daniel Farke were both candidates for the job but have since become the managers of Al Wahda FC and Borussia Mönchengladbach respectively.

The club will now narrow down their options to two or three managers, with a second round of interviews to start with those in contention. Recent reports claimed Ferguson had been offered the job at Ewood Park, but it was understood at the time that he had not been contacted – which was confirmed by the headline sister Liverpool ECHO. As of Sunday June 5, Ferguson is now the 1/3 clear bookies favorite.

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