Sam plans Santa Cruz talks

21 December 2008 10:56
Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has vowed to act swiftly following Roque Santa Cruz's admission that he wants to leave Ewood Park. The unsettled Paraguay striker missed Allardyce's first game in charge - Saturday's 3-0 win over Stoke City - with a calf injury picked up during training on Friday. But, after the match, Allardyce was forced to face questions about the future of last season's leading scorer after Santa Cruz revealed his intention to move on to a "better club" at the earliest possible opportunity. Santa Cruz has been linked with a £13million move to Manchester City, where he would link up with ex-Rovers and now Eastlands boss Mark Hughes. "Did it bother me today? No. Is it going to affect my night out? No. Will it bother me tomorrow? Yes," said Allardyce. "I will sit down and see what the situation is. We will deal with it professionally and very quickly. "I think there is an issue but it is not going to be resolved tonight. "Roque Santa Cruz is not a key focus for me tonight. The players and their performance and the fact we have got three points on the board and have done very well is the most important thing." Meanwhile, Allardyce hailed the effort of his players after they ended an 11-game winless run with a comprehensive victory over the Potters. He added: "We have still got a long way to go to get out of trouble but it is a very nice start. "I just tried to give the lads a few pointers but the big contribution came from the players. "They showed a real desire and commitment to compete with a Stoke City side that is very difficult to play against. "We showed a lot of quality in and around the box and the victory was built from a clean sheet mentality in the team."

Source: ESA