Blackburn Rovers chairman John Williams says that Sam Allardyce was always the club's number one choice to replace Paul Ince.
Allardyce has penned a three-year contract to take up the reins at Ewood Park, after Ince was shown the door after just a matter at months in charge of the Premier League strugglers.
Williams told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "Sam Allardyce was always the man I wanted to help us escape relegation once the sad decision to let go of Paul was made.
"He was the man we wanted and he was the man we went and got.
"He is under no illusions as to the size of the task ahead, but I believe he is the right man for this job and if he didn't believe he could turn things round he would not have come.
"It did help that we had interviewed Sam before and he gave us a very impressive interview in the summer.
"We knew what he was all about and had no hesitation in going for him once we made the decision to part company with Paul.
"He was actually very close to getting the job in the summer. He made the shortlist and in the end it was him who withdrew from the process. We have never turned him down.
"We are just delighted to have sorted it all out so quickly."