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Last Updated: Wednesday December 17 2008 15:25 GMT

Sam Allardyce new Blackburn boss

Sam Allardyce  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

Former Bolton and Newcastle manager Sam Allardyce has been made the new boss of Blackburn Rovers.

The Lancashire club sacked their old boss, Paul Ince, on Tuesday, after a disappointing start to the season.

A club statement said:"Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager."

Allardyce did really well during his eight years in charge at Bolton, but had been out of work since leaving Newcastle United in January.

PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER CHANGES THIS SEASON

Paul Ince - Blackburn Rovers - 16 December
Roy Keane - Sunderland - 4 December
Harry Redknapp - Portsmouth - 25 October
Juande Ramos - Tottenham - 25 October
Kevin Keegan - Newcastle - 4 September
Alan Curbishley - West Ham - 3 September

Graeme Souness, who managed Blackburn from 2000-2004, had also been linked with the job.

But he had already ruled himself out, telling a newspaper: "I'm afraid you are talking to the wrong man."

Ince was made Rovers' manager back in June, but the team won just three of the 17 games he was in charge for.

That meant the club dropped into the relegation zone, and needs to start winning very soon to have any chance of staying in the Premier League.