Former playing hero Colin Hendry is back at Ewood Park, having joined the first team coaching team.
Colin, 46, who made 408 appearances in two spells for the club, scoring the winning goal in the 1987 Full Members’ Cup final and playing a major role in Rovers’ Premiership title triumph in 1995, will work closely with manager Steve Kean’s backroom staff at Brockhall.
The former Scotland international defender, who won over 50 caps for his country, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the club, having also held managerial roles with both Blackpool and Clyde after hanging up his boots.
Clearly delighted to be back ‘home’, Colin said: “It’s a great opportunity for me and for my family to move things on, and it’s all about getting back up into the Premier League – nothing else has been spoken about other than that.
“I’ve been keeping my hand in recent times, doing media work and watching a large number of football matches from all over the world, so I’m well versed in what’s going on in the game, but it’s nothing like actually being involved in the game itself. When you’re in the front line, as I am now, then it’s the next best thing after playing.
“We’ve got a top coaching team here, with Steve, Eric Black and Iain Brunskill, so my role will be to dip into that, with a particular emphasis on the defence.
“I’ve been at the football club twice as a player and in those two periods I’ve always had success and I don’t intend for that to change now that I’m here as a coach.
“When you walk through the doors here, it smacks of Premier League all over. It’s a shame that we’re not there at this moment in time, but I would relate to it like a boxing match. You’ve got to take the punches, if you hit the canvas you get back up as quick as you can and at the end of each match, you dust yourself down and look forward to the next one.
“It’s a physical league, but there are a lot of good footballers here at this club and this year, they have to step up to the plate, because the emphasis is on promotion and nothing else.”