Former New Zealand coach ‘on radar’ of English clubs seeking new managers

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Former New Zealand women’s coach John Herdman is reportedly attracting interest from English clubs seeking managers, including Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers and Burnley.

The UK Mirror’s chief football writer John Cross reports Herdman, currently manager of the Canada national team going to November’s FIFA World Cup finals, has “been attracting admiring glances” from English clubs.

Herdman (46) was born in north-east England and moved to New Zealand 20 years ago where he worked for New Zealand Football and Football South, and even played Lotto NRFL as a midfielder with Hibiscus Coast.

Cross writes: The fact he was born in England and has not hidden his desire to return one day in the future has meant clubs have been looking.”

Herdman coached the Football Ferns and then moved to Canada where he has coached the national women’s team, and now the men’s team who have qualified for the first World Cup finals in 36 years.

Cross identifies Championship clubs Blackburn and QPR as being aware of Herdman as they search to replace departing managers Tony Mowbray and Mark Warburton.

Burnley are fighting for their Premier League survival under interim manager Michael Jackson but have not yet made a long-term commitment to a replacement for sacked manager Sean Dyche.

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