Sam Allardyce ‘shocked’ by Blackburn Rovers axe
Manager Sam Allardyce says he is “shocked and disappointed” after being sacked by Blackburn Rovers.
Allardyce and his assistant Neil McDonald were shown the door by the club’s new owners, the Venky’s Group from India, on Monday afternoon.
The 56-year-old manager leaves Rovers 13th in the Premier League and five points above the relegation zone.
“I am very shocked and disappointed to be leaving Blackburn,” said Allardyce. “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.”
Rovers have announced that first-team coach Steve Kean will take temporary charge of the club as they begin their search for a new manager.
Martin O’Neill and Martin Jol are the early favourites to succeed Allardyce at Ewood Park.