In a shock turn of events, the Indian chicken giants decided that Big Sam wasn’t the person to take the Lancashire club forward. But why?
According to The Sun, the club’s owners were trying to force transfers onto Big Sam in the same style that saw Manchester City sign Robinho a few seasons ago. Unfortunately for Rovers fans, it wasn’t quite a former Real Madrid / Brazilian international that caused the row. Venky’s were keen on bringing in Middlesbrough’s Kris Boyd and San Jose Earthquake’s Geovanni.
Allaradyce is reported to have been unhappy at their transfer targets, preferring to target such stars as Roque Santa Cruz, David Bentley and Robbie Keane, but the new club owners disagreed.
Allardyce had suggested he would quit the Lancashire outfit if transfers were forced upon him, but he didn’t need to as the club owners sacked the former Bolton manager last night.
Club chairman John Williams, loved by the fans at Rovers, is said to have been forced to inform Allardyce himself despite hiring him as the club’s manager in 2008. The decision is said to have angered fans at Ewood Park as well as club captain Ryan Nelsen.
Nelsen told Sky Sports:
“He wasn’t given the credit he deserved, to tell the truth. This has come completely out of the blue.
“Once we got bought out you thought we were moving in a direction and Sam might be given a certain amount of financial resources to work with. But obviously he wasn’t even given that, which is devastating for the man.”
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