NEW Blackburn boss Jon Dahl Tomasson is already embroiled in a bitter battle with Burnley boss Vincent Kompany – over a luxury flat in Lancashire.
Rovers followed their neighbors’ example and introduced a new manager, with Danish legend Tomasson being replaced by Tony Mowbray.
And Blackburn director of football Gregg Broughton revealed the two former international superstars have already closed horns, although his suggestion of a flat share was quickly ruled out.
Broughton revealed: “As soon as Jon Dahl arrived in Blackburn we went house hunting in Lancashire.
“And the real estate agent told us it was between him and Vinny who wanted it too.
“I suggested they share a flat, but I don’t think that idea went down well!”
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45-year-old Tomasson, who was 112th as a striker for Denmark, had an unsuccessful season at Newcastle in 1997 after being bought by former Blackburn legend Kenny Dalglish.
But that was a rare misfire in a career that has seen him win the Champions League and Serie A on a long list of accolades with Carlo Ancelotti’s AC Milan.
And he admitted he is looking forward to a season in the Championship, with local rivals Preston, Blackpool, Wigan and Kompany’s new club Burnley all just under 40 miles apart.
Tomasson said: “I love these derbies to be honest, they give me energy.
“I love this season not only for myself but also for the fans. They love it because they love the club, if you’re a Blackburn Rovers fan you love it, you play these rival games, it gives you energy and then you have to get a result.
“Vinny was a great player. He worked in Belgium, so I don’t know him that well as a manager.
“But I’m really looking forward to these games and I understand that Burnley really isn’t the place at Rovers. I said that in a good way, yes?”
In Tomasson’s coaching career, he won Sweden’s last two league titles with Malmo and guided them through four qualifying rounds to the group stage of the Champions League, where they lost twice to Chelsea last season.
And 27 years on from Blackburn’s first and only Premier League title, he is hoping to lead Rovers back to the top flight after a decade.
Tomasson said: “Kenny and Alan Shearer in 1995, I think they did pretty well!
“But I didn’t have to talk to anyone about Blackburn. Everyone knows Blackburn, a great club with a great heritage and of course a club that is quite hungry to go in a particular direction and create success.
“The fans, the players, of course they always dream of promotion to the Premier League. It’s the best league in the world, so dream and we’ll work hard, but we’ll also work with a bright mind.
“I’m just happy to get going so it was so nice to see the guys this morning and chat with them, watch them train and have a personal chat with them.”
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/football/premier-league/5577999/kompany-tomasson-burnley-blackbrun-managers-fight-for-flat/ Vincent Kompany is already at war with Jon Dahl Tomasson when the new bosses of Burnley and Blackburn clash over a luxury apartment