Tuesday, 14th December 2010

Sam Allardyce has expressed his shock at being sacked as Blackburn Rovers manager yesterday. The former Newcastle and Bolton boss had seemed to be steering Rovers to a comfortable mid-table position, and counted himself unlucky to see his side lose 2-1 at the death to Bolton at the weekend.

However, the club’s new Indian owners, the Venky’s Group, stated their desire to take the club in a new direction, and that did not include the 56-year-old.

"I am very shocked and disappointed to be leaving Blackburn", read a statement released by Allardyce. "I am extremely proud to have managed this club and I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the players, my staff and the supporters during my time in charge. I now wish them, and the football club, every success for the future."

Allardyce’s assistant manager, Neil McDonald, was also sacked by the new owners.


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