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Allardyce named as Blackburn boss

Published: Wednesday 17 December 2008, 16.30CET
Sam Allardyce has been appointed manager of Blackburn Rovers FC, replacing Paul Ince who was dismissed on Tuesday and marking his return to the game after losing his job at Newcastle United FC in January.
Allardyce named as Blackburn boss
Sam Allardyce has been named as the new manager of Blackburn Rovers FC ©Getty Images
Published: Wednesday 17 December 2008, 16.30CET

Allardyce named as Blackburn boss

Sam Allardyce has been appointed manager of Blackburn Rovers FC, replacing Paul Ince who was dismissed on Tuesday and marking his return to the game after losing his job at Newcastle United FC in January.

Sam Allardyce has been appointed manager of Blackburn Rovers FC, replacing Paul Ince who was dismissed on Tuesday after just 17 Premier League games in charge of the Lancashire club.

Relegation threat
Allardyce has signed a three-year contract and will be charged with pulling the club out of the relegation zone following a run of six straight league defeats. Blackburn, who are second bottom and five points from safety, have not won in eleven Premier League matches since defeating Allardyce's former club Newcastle United FC on 27 September.

Bolton success
Allardyce has been out of a job since being dismissed by Newcastle in January, having only taken charge of the club eight months previously. That disappointment followed on from eight years of success at the helm of Bolton Wanderers FC, whom he established in the Premier League after leading them to promotion in 2001. Allardyce also qualified Bolton for the UEFA Cup in two of his last three seasons with the club. Blackburn are next in action at home to Stoke City FC on Saturday.

Last updated: 17/12/08 23.59CET

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