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Oct 30, 2012

Redknapp to shun Rovers

Blackburn's recruitment of a new manager has turned into farce with Harry Redknapp claiming he would rather play golf than be interviewed for the job – and Diego Maradona emerging as a shock candidate to take over at Ewood Park.

•  Rovers target Redknapp and Berg
•  Blackburn announcement soon

Club officials are believed to have placed Redknapp and former Rovers defender Henning Berg on a shortlist of candidates to replace the departed Steve Kean as Blackburn's global advisor Shebby Singh promised to finalise the interviewing system after weeks of being turned down by potential targets.

Redknapp was in line for an interview on Tuesday, but the former Tottenham and West Ham boss told ESPN when asked if he was being interviewed on Tuesday: "No chance, I am playing golf!"

The 65-year-old former England candidate is being linked with a host of Premier League clubs nearer to home including QPR, West Ham and Southampton.

Berg's candidacy is being ridiculed by Blackburn fans who point out his failure rate in Norway as a coach, and would prefer the club to go for a manager with experience. So far Blackburn have tried unsuccessfully to recruit two coaches without any managerial experience, former Blackburn players Tim Sherwood and Billy McKinlay

Blackpool manager Ian Holloway is the fans' favourite and is favoured by some of the hierarchy. Berg, though, fits Singh's preference for a young up-and-coming coach with Blackburn connections, having won the Premiership title at Ewood in 1995 and captaining the club to League Cup glory seven years later after re-joining them from Manchester United. He also has managerial experience with Lyn Oslo and Lillestrom.

Maradona was heavily linked with the Blackburn job after Sam Allardyce was sacked in November 2010, and now it seems as if one of the most colourful characters in world football could be back on the radar of the Lancashire club.

Singh is believed to have received a positive reaction after tentative discussions with Maradona's advisers and the wheels may now be set in motion to try and attract the World Cup winner to Ewood Park.

Maradona's coaching experience has been as chaotic as his playing career, with spells in charge of the Argentine national team and Arabian club Al Wasl notable for their persistent controversies.

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