Big Sam takes Rovers reins

17 December 2008 02:59
Premier League strugglers Blackburn Rovers have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a three-year contract, following the recent sacking of Paul Ince. Former Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United boss Allardyce has been out of the game since being axed by the Magpies in January, but steps back in to try and help Rovers escape the drop. The Ewood Park outfit are currently 19th in the Premier League table, having won just three times in 17 league games under Ince's stewardship. Rovers chairman John Williams had earlier commented: "Three wins in 17 games has seen a squad, which finished seventh last season, fall to 19th position. "We are currently in real danger of becoming detached from the pack. "The survival of the club in the Premier League is paramount and our focus now is on finding a replacement who will be able to maintain our top division status." Graeme Souness was reported to have been Allardyce's main challenger for the Rovers job, but ruled himself out of the running on Wednesday morning, telling the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "I'm afraid you're talking to the wrong man. "I don't know anything and have had no contact at all with Blackburn Rovers. It doesn't surprise me to see my name in there, but I'm not your man."

Source: ESA