Derby County must beat Blackburn to the appointment of Neil Warnock

Derby County, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United are on the lookout for a new manager.

The so-called managerial merry-go-round has already begun this summer with Neil Warnock leaving Rotherham United and former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers moving to Celtic.

While the Championship was arguably too much of a step-down for new Celtic boss Rodgers, that didn’t mean Derby County fans had given up on possibly seeing him at the iPro Stadium next term.

The Rams are on the lookout for a new manager following the sacking of Paul Clement last February and the likelihood of interm boss Darren Wassall retaking academy duties next term.

Derby are without doubt one of the top sides in the second tier, yet for three seasons now they’ve come perilously close to earning promotion to the Premier League only to spectacularly fail.

Fans genuinely believed Rodgers was an option for them, but now he has taken up the reigns at Parkhead, there is arguably only one other manager available who has such a pedigree in the second tier.

Warnock left Rotherham after performing wonders at the Yorkshire club, keeping them up with a terrific run of form including a remarkable 3-3 draw with Derby when trailing 3-0 with just seven minutes to go.

The former Burton Albion boss simply knows how to get out of divisions, having won promotions with Notts County, Huddersfield Town, Plymouth Argyle Sheffield United and most recently Queens Park Rangers.

Derby fans are desperate for a return to the top-flight, and few would argue against Warnock being the best option out there. However, time is limited and Blackburn Rovers have been linked.

Sky Bet label Warnock as the front-runner to replace Paul Lambert this summer, with odds of 2/5 while Derby’s favourite with the same bookmaker is former Aston Villa boss Tim Sherwood at 2/1.

Warnock, 67, would represent only a short-term option for both Rovers and Derby, yet surely he would fancy the latter considering they’re more likely to front a promotion charge next season.

The Rams are in need of an experienced figurehead who knows the league inside-out, and with Harry Redknapp possibly still being in an advisory role, adding Warnock to the picture would be a superb choice.

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