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Another day and another job for next season has suddenly become vacant. It may not be the greatest surprise to hear that Paul Lambert will not be in charge of Blackburn Rovers next season. His future has been up in the air for a few weeks now, but that is no longer the case.

What is up in the air is who will take over at Ewood Park over the summer? There are plenty of out-of-work managers, or probably some in-work, that would relish the opportunity.

We focus on five potential candidates for the role. Working with the Venky’s could be a big stumbling block for any manager looking to take on this job.

Since 2008, Rovers have now been through seven different managers. Those are Paul Ince, Henning Berg, Sam Allardyce, Michael Appleton, Steve Kean, Gary Bowyer and now Lambert.

David Dunn

In his playing career, Dunn played 377 times in the Blackburn Rovers jersey, and he re-joined the club in a coaching capacity in February 2016. Prior to that he dipped his toes into the management world with League One side Oldham Athletic, but was sacked after just 20 games at the helm.

The 36-year-old is now on the coaching staff with the Under-21 side at Ewood Park, so he is perhaps the logical choice to be linked with the vacancy. Whilst he has only tasted 20 matches as the number one, he will have undoubtedly learned plenty during that brief spell.

He has been installed as the early favourite to replace Lambert. His obvious connection with the club is there for all to see. It was only natural that he would want to become the manager one day. It would be a surprise if he at least didn’t put his name forward.

The fact that it is Blackburn is really the only reason he is linked with the job. There is the saying that a good player doesn’t necessarily make a good manager. Plus certain ‘club legend’ types have avoided returning in similar roles at the risk of ruining their reputation. Some fans would support this, some would have concerns, but once again, the fans would really get behind David Dunn.

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I currently work as a Championship Research Analyst for Onside Analysis Ltd. In this role I provide match previews and reviews for every Championship game. I also delve into matches from all across the globe, gaining an insight into football from different leagues in different countries. I came into this role shortly after graduating from The University of Hull after studying BSc Sports Coaching & Performance. I am a Lincoln City fan and thankfully they're back in The72!!