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Blackburn release veteran Fowler

Robbie Fowler
Fowler made just three starts for Rovers this season

Robbie Fowler has been released by new Blackburn after manager Sam Allardyce decided not to extend his contract.

Fowler, 33, was signed by former Rovers boss Paul Ince on a three-month "pay-as-you-play" deal, which expires at the end of December.

Grimsby confirmed two weeks ago that they were in talks to bring Fowler in on a player-coach role.

Defensive coach Nigel Winterburn, who was signed on a part-time basis in July, also leaves Ewood Park.

Allardyce said: "We have decided to let Robbie Fowler go. His contract was due for renewal and I decided not to renew that.


"I also spoke to Nigel Winterburn today to say that, from my point of view, in terms of specialist defensive coaching, I think I can look after that area myself now."

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see also
Allardyce holds Santa Cruz talks
23 Dec 08 |  Blackburn
Lowly Blackburn sack manager Ince
16 Dec 08 |  Blackburn
Fowler holds talks with Grimsby
01 Dec 08 |  Grimsby
Blackburn complete Fowler signing
12 Sep 08 |  Blackburn
Winterburn given Blackburn role
14 Jul 08 |  Blackburn

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