In a major surprise, Blackburn Rovers have fired Sam Allardyce, even though Blackburn are five points clear of the relegation zone and in no obvious danger of relegation.
A statement on the Blackburn web site read:
“The Venky’s Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers Football Club, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant manager Neil McDonald withimmediate effect. 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.”
Big Sam, who was being tipped to be the next England manager, released his own statement saying:
“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.”
This is obviously a move by Rover’s new ownership group, who after buying the club last month, now want to put their own man in charge. Can’t blame them for that.
So who will that man be? The early favourites are former Tottenham boss Martin Jol, who was linked to the Newcastle job last week after quitting Ajax and former Aston Villa boss Martin O’Neill.