Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce stays away after feeling unwell

28 October 2009 08:06
Allardyce watched from the stands as Blackburn beat Peterborough 5-2 in Tuesday night's Carling Cup match and did not do post-match interviews so as to avoid passing on his illness.

Having lost 5-0 to Chelsea last Saturday without two swine flu-hit players understood to be David Dunn and Chris Samba Blackburn will be hoping that Allardyce is fully recovered before they visit champions Manchester United on Saturday.

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"He [Allardyce] is feeling a little unwell, so he sat upstairs as he wanted to see the picture from above," McDonald said.

"He trusts in his staff which is excellent, and he was at the game but he didn't want to take any chances. He shot out just to make sure nobody gets what he might have."

A Blackburn spokesman confirmed that Allardyce was not at the club's training ground yesterday, where the players not involved in Tuesday night's game trained.

Allardyce expressed his frustration that Blackburn had to play their match at Chelsea, saying the Premier League "shirked their responsibility" by saying the club had not requested that the game be postponed.

Source: Telegraph