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Allardyce named Blackburn manager

Sam Allardyce
Allardyce had a successful spell in charge at Bolton

Blackburn Rovers have appointed Sam Allardyce as their new manager on a three-year contract.

The Lancashire club sacked Paul Ince on Tuesday and said they wanted a new boss for Saturday's home game against Stoke.

Neil McDonald, who was at Bolton with Allardyce, is the new assistant boss, while former assistant Ray Mathias and first-team coach Archie Knox make way.

Allardyce, 54, had been out of work since being dismissed as manager of Newcastle on 9 January.

McDonald worked with Allardyce at Bolton, but Ray Mathias and first-team coach Archie Knox have been sacked.

Allardyce has been out of work since he was dismissed as manager of Newcastle United on 9 January.

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

The new manager will be officially unveiled at the 1600 GMT news conference on Thursday.

"I'm very pleased indeed, I'll say more at the news conference on Thursday," said 54-year-old Allardyce.

Ince was dismissed by Rovers after only 17 Premier League games in charge.

Rovers are second from bottom of the Premier League and have not won in the league since they defeated Newcastle on 27 September.

After a winning start under Ince's tenure, Rovers have won only three of their top-flight matches this season and are on a run of 11 straight games without a victory.

BBC Sport's Paul Fletcher

Allardyce had also been linked with the managerial vacancy at Sunderland.

He was highly successful during eight years at the helm of Rovers' Lancashire rivals Bolton, establishing them in the Premier League during his time in charge at the Reebok.

The Trotters also reached the final of the Carling Cup in 2004 and qualified for the Uefa Cup for the first time in their history in 2005.

Rovers play successive Premier League fixtures against Newcastle and Bolton in January.

Former Blackburn striker Kevin Gallacher told BBC Sport: "It is not a surprise choice.

"Blackburn needs someone who can put the club back together again and I think he can do that."

Allardyce has also managed Blackpool and Notts County.

Allardyce can resurrect Blackburn - Gallacher

At Bolton he was renowned for innovative thinking, using scientific techniques to keep players fit.

Veteran Sheffield United midfielder Gary Speed, who played for Allardyce at Bolton, said: "He gets the best out of players, he's a very approachable, likeable man and I'm sure the players will enjoy his training and his company.

Regarding the style of football Allardyce would favour at Blackburn, Speed said: "He's clever enough to know if you haven't got the players to play direct, you don't play direct."

Graeme Souness, who managed the club from 2000-2004, had also been linked with the job but had already ruled himself out of the running.

"I'm afraid you are talking to the wrong man," Souness told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph newspaper.

"I don't know anything and have had no contact at all from Blackburn Rovers. I'm not your man, I can definitely say that."

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see also
Lowly Blackburn sack manager Ince
16 Dec 08 |  Blackburn
Allardyce keen on Sunderland post
09 Dec 08 |  Sunderland
Paul Ince career photos
16 Dec 08 |  Blackburn
Allardyce vows to resume career
10 Jan 08 |  Newcastle
Allardyce reign ends at Newcastle
09 Jan 08 |  Newcastle
Blackburn appoint Ince as manager
22 Jun 08 |  Blackburn

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