Jon Dahl Tomasson leaves role as Blackburn head coach


Jon Dahl Tomasson has left his role as head coach of Blackburn Rovers with John Eustace expected to succeed him.

Former Denmark international Tomasson leaves with the club 18th in the Championship and without a win in eight league matches.

The move follows a turbulent few days for Blackburn, who sold former academy starlet Adam Wharton to Crystal Palace and saw a deadline-day move for USMNT international striker Duncan McGuire collapse due to an “administrative error”.

The club appealed against that decision but on Thursday the English Football League confirmed it had been unsuccessful as “the upload of documents into a draft application area did not constitute sending documents to the EFL”.

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Eustace, 44, has been out of work since being controversially sacked by Birmingham City in favour of Wayne Rooney in October.

Birmingham were in the play-off positions in sixth when the decision was made to remove Eustace, before Rooney’s own departure with the club 20th in the table 15 games later. He has since been replaced by former Rovers manager Tony Mowbray.

Tomasson was prevented by the club from speaking ahead of the defeat by QPR on Saturday but revealed after that he had offered to resign from his position in the summer following what he called a “hand grenade” of a change in budget from the club’s owners, the Venky’s.

“I told the club that it wasn’t the project I signed up for,” he said. “I told them that it was a different situation, not what I signed up for and I asked if they wanted to find another head coach for this project.

“We can terminate my contract, no problem, I don’t want any money. This was in the summer, I said that to the club. It’s a very difficult financial situation so that’s what I said.”

Former Newcastle striker Tomasson joined Rovers in the summer of 2022 fresh from leading Malmo to back-to-back league titles in Sweden.

He went on to guide the club to a seventh-placed finish in his first season in charge — only missing out on the play-offs on goal difference — as well reaching the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Founded in 1875, the Lancashire-based club were one of the 12 founding members of the Football League, and won the Premier League title under the stewardship of local businessman and fan Jack Walker in 1995.

Two relegations and a promotion back to the second tier have followed amid long-running opposition from the fanbase with no member of the Rao family, who control the V H Group, having attended Ewood Park since 2013.

Rovers, who currently sit five points above the Championship’s relegation zone, are next in action against Stoke City in the Championship on Saturday.

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