I knew it wouldn’t take long….
Fat Sam sacked and straight away linked to us. What worries me is who have they lined up at Blackburn? You can bet it’s Jol or O’Neill (They have money to spend)
Blackburn Rovers have announced they have parted company with manager Sam Allardyce.
In news which will shock the rest of the Premier League, new owners the Venky’s Group have sacked ‘Big Sam’ despite Rovers comfortably sitting in the sanctuary of mid-table and 13th place.
However, Allardyce clearly does not fit in with the owners long-term ambitions for the club, while his side’s 7-1 pasting at the hands of Manchester United a fortnight ago coupled with a 2-1 loss to his former side Bolton on Sunday have seemingly not gone down well at boardroom level.
Allardyce’s assistant Neil McDonald will also depart, with first team coach Steve Kean stepping into the breach at Ewood Park temporarily until a permanent successor can be found.
A statement from the club read: Venky’s Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant manager Neil McDonald with immediate effect.
“First team coaching duties will be taken on by Steve Kean (currently first team coach) for the immediate future.
“We have taken this decision as part of our wider plans and ambitions for the club. We would like to put on record our thanks to Mr Allardyce for his contribution to Blackburn Rovers Football Club.”
Meanwhile, Allardyce, 56, has given his reaction to the news, admitting that he was “very shocked” and “disappointed” to be leaving the club with whom he joined in December 2008 and guided to a respectable 10th place last season.
“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,” he added.
“I now wish them and the football club every success for the future”.
As for Allardyce’s successor, Martin O’Neill, Martin Jol and Alan Curbishley will invariably be linked with the job as all three men are currently out of work while have experience of the English game.
However, quite what the Venky’s Group have in mind for the club remains to be seen having completed their £43million takeover of Rovers through their newly formed company, Venky’s London Limited back in October.
Meanwhile, the news of Allardyce’s departure may be of some interest to owners West Ham United, Messers David Gold and David Sullivan.
The Hammers are currently languishing four points adrift at the bottom of the table and with the pressure mounting on beleguered boss Avram Grant, who better to step into the breach than a man of Allardyce’s considerable talents.
The former Bolton boss established the Lancashire club as a permanent feature in England’s top flight while he answered Blackburn’s SOS after Paul Ince’s disastrous spell in charge, duly keeping them up when it looked a forgone conclusion that they would be headed for the Championship.
Not that we enjoy seeing men get the boot, and we are sure Grant is a nice fellow, but our message to the directors of West Ham…get on the phone to Allardyce now before it is too late.
And, no we are not Sam’s agent!
ANYONE AND I MEAN ANYONE BUT HIM!!!!!!!!