Billy Davies has previously excelled in roles at Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Preston North End.
The decision came as a shock to supporters, however, with the club sitting 16th in the table and not looking any closer to a top six finish than when he came into the job, it perhaps shouldn’t have.
Now, Rovers owners will be desperate to hire the right man and bring in someone with a proven track record of getting results in the Championship, despite their financial position.
We take a look at why Billy Davies could be that man and why he could be an inspired appointment, despite more than a year out of work.
Billy Davies, should he be appointed as Rovers’ manager?
Although he has been lambasted for building the side that finished bottom in the Premier League with 11 points, he has an outstanding record in the Championship at every club he has been at.
In his six seasons at Championship level, where he started the season as the club’s manager, he has accumulated five top-six finishes.
He finished in the top six twice with Preston, once with Derby, winning promotion in the process, and twice with Forest.
In his last season at Forest, where he started the season as manager but was sacked in March, is the only time he failed to record a top-six finish.
Nevertheless, as he has been out of work for over a year, it would represent a gamble and it is possible he would need time to find his feet. Although, given his record, it would seem that could be a gamble worth taking.