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Blackburn sack Sam Allardyce

Blackburn Rovers have sacked their manager Sam Allardyce and his assistant Neil McDonald with immediate effect.

Rovers are currently 13th in the Premier League and lost 2-1 to one of Allardyce’s former clubs Bolton Wanderers yesterday afternoon.

Big Sam replaced Paul Ince at Blackburn back in 2008 and helped them to escape relegation that season, however, the club’s new owners have decided they need a new start.

Blackburn released a statement explaining the decision earlier this evening: ‘The Venky's Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant manager Neil McDonald with immediate effect.’

‘First-team coaching duties will be taken on by Steve Kean (currently first-team coach) for the immediate future. We have taken this decision as part of our wider plans and ambitions for the club. We would like to put on record our thanks to Mr. Allardyce for his contribution to Blackburn Rovers Football Club.’

Allardyce responded to the news via the League Managers' Association soon after: ‘I am very shocked and disappointed to be leaving Blackburn Rovers. I am extremely proud to have managed this club and I enjoyed a fantastic relationship with the players, my staff and the supporters during my time in charge. I now wish them and the football club every success for the future.’

Big Sam is now favourite with the bookies to replace Avram Grant at Premier League strugglers West Ham.

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