Allardyce sacrificed in search of ‘good football’ and to be ‘fourth or fifth in the league’
Published 14/12/2010 | 12:37
Blackburn’s owners, Venky’s, have revealed they are searching for a British manager to replace the sacked Sam Allardyce who can deliver "good football" and eventually take the club to a top-four finish, and are prepared to wait for the right man.
Venky’s chairman Anuradha Desai asked for fans to show patience and trust as they set about turning Blackburn Rovers in to India’s favourite team.
The names of Martin Jol, Sven Goran Eriksson and even Diego Maradona have emerged as potential replacements though Desai’s desire for someone with experience of the English game appears to rule out the trio.
“We want good football and Blackburn to be fourth or fifth in the league or even better,” Desai told the Lancashire Telegraph.
“The fans should trust us because this is in the best interests of the club.
“It is nothing against Sam but we have a different vision looking forward and we want the club to grow.
“It is not about the Bolton match. It has been a long time in our minds. We wanted good football, wanted the games to be interesting and of course wanted to win and to have good players.
“The fans should trust us and have belief in us.”
Having rejected plans by the Venky’s group, the Indian-based poultry company which secured a controlling interest at Ewood Park last month, to rely on advice from the sports agency Kentaro in relation to transfer targets, Allardyce was sacked by chairman John Williams on the orders of Venky’s.
The owners’ list of potential transfer targets are said to have had former Hull City midfielder Geovanni and Middlesbrough striker Kris Boyd at its centre whereas Allardyce wanted to move for Robbie Keane and David Bentley at Tottenham and Roque Santa Cruz, the former Rovers striker who has been marginalised at Manchester City.
Blackburn will not be rushed in to an appointment, with the owners expressing confidence in Steve Keane, one of Allardyce’s coaches, as an able caretaker manager.
“Our thinking now is that it will be a British manager, but we are open if there is an outstanding candidate: someone who would be really, really good for the club,” said Desai.
“Right now Steve Kean will take over while we are looking for someone to take over on a permanent basis.”