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Big Sam fires warning to Hughes

13 Aug 2009 17:47:07

Big Sam fires warning to Hughes

Blackburn host big-spending Manchester City in Saturday's Premier League opener with Hughes expected to field several of his new multi-million pound signings. The club have spent close to £100million on transfer fees since the end of last season and have still not given up on luring Everton and England defender Joleon Lescott to Eastlands. Blackburn have had a conservative summer in the transfer market in comparison, but Allardyce was keen to point out the difficulties Hughes might experience as the season gets under way. "A whole group of new players, or five or six new players, is certainly something that causes you a few problems" Allardyce said. "I've suffered it in the past myself at previous clubs where nine or 10 new players have come in and we've tried to play them all at the start of the season. "While they have been very good players, there has been some disruption there. "I hope that might be the case against Manchester City on Saturday. If it is, then we have to try and take advantage of that." He continued: "Everybody will expect success instantly at Manchester City, that's the pressure they have got to live with. "For us it's about trying to spoil their party, being that they think that they can come to a place like Blackburn Rovers and beat us comfortably with that kind of spending. "We're certainly going to go all out to make sure that's not the case." Despite the pressure of the environment Hughes is working in, Allardyce admitted that he would love to take on a job where he was given similar funding and thought he had done so at Newcastle. "For me, it was always about trying to get in that position, that's why I went to Newcastle United when I did," Allardyce said. "I achieved all that I could and more at Bolton - more than they expected - and they didn't want to go any further, so I decided that somewhere with a lot of money to buy better players was the place to go. "Unfortunately that didn't materialise for me - I didn't get the money and didn't end up staying too long. "Mark's got the big opportunity - it didn't look at first as if it was going to arise for him but when the owner came in they stumped up the money. For him it's a fantastic opportunity to become an even better manager than he already is." Allardyce - who is hoping to tie up a deal for Real Madrid veteran Michel Salgado by the start of next week - has had to be frugal with his own spending this summer, but believes he has got a strong enough squad to compete. "I and the chairman have had to satisfy the financial side of the club first and what we've got left we've tried to spend as well as we possibly can," he said. "It gets a little frustrating, but being in this position now for many, many years, I understand the financial plight of football clubs today in the Premier League. You have to live with that and do the best with what you've got. "We've got no funds to spend any more money, we've been told by the chairman. The funds are all gone so we lie with the squad that we've got. "There are one or two fringe players that we've had enquiries about and we may let them go but at the moment if what we've got is all we've got to go with, then I'm comfortable with that." Allardyce is still waiting on the fitness of club captain Ryan Nelsen ahead of Saturday's match, while Christopher Samba and Vince Grella have both returned to training. Brett Emerton, Steven Reid and David Dunn are still missing from the squad with long-term injuries.. Man City 5/4, Blackburn 9/4, Draw 9/4


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