Former Newcastle United manager Sam Allardyce, who was the manager on Tyneside for a short 8 months, has been announced as the new boss of Blackburn Rovers Football Club.
The Lancashire club moved quickly, as they said they would, after sacking Paul Ince yesterday, and have given the former Bolton and Newcastle manager a three-year contract. We imagine Sam will be absolutely delighted to be managing a Premier League club again, and Blackburn are an excellent club.
This is not a surprise since earlier this morning, another former Newcastle (and Blackburn) manager, Graeme Souness, took himself out of the reckoning for the Rovers’ job.
The short Blackburn Rovers statement said:
“Blackburn Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager with immediate effect. Sam has signed a three-year contract.”
The 54-year-old will be unveiled tomorrow, and we wish Big Sam the very best of luck, as we know he was more than keen to get back into football management, after his Newcastle adventure, and he’ll get right into the job no doubt for the home game against Stoke City on Saturday. A win in that game for Blackburn would not surprise us.
Sam said a few months ago that he desperately wanted to get back into football management, which is in his blood, and he wanted to make bigger decisions than what cereal to eat for breakfast every day.
Sam also took his fair amount of abuse from Newcastle fans, during his time on Tyneside, but he always said that was their right, and he never complained about it.
We think Sam’s a good man, and the fact he wasn’t successful at the Magpies didn’t say he didn’t work his socks off for our club, and we always appreciate that, whether the manager is successful or not.
All the best Big Sam.