Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Brad Friedel has backed Paul Ince for the manager's job.

The American insists his lack of top-flight managerial experience is not an issue.

"People were saying that about Mark Hughes," he told Sky Sports News.

"I know he had four or five years with Wales, but I don't think when you have the winning mentality, when you have players coming from the highest level and when they are students of the game like this I don't think it is a problem at all."

Friedel says Ince has the right mentality for Blackburn after playing alongside the former England international at Liverpool.

"I played with him at Liverpool, Incey as a footballer was a winner and he has obviously proven as a manager he is a winner," he continued.

"He knows football and loves football which I think is why he has had the success he has had."