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Transfer row led to Sam sacking

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce was sacked because he refused to have new players forced upon him by the club's new owners, according to widespread reports.

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Allardyce wanted to spend the modest £5 million investment promised by the Venky's group on his own transfer targets but the Indian-based poultry company, which secured a controlling interest at Ewood Park last month, has already struck a deal with one of Europe's leading sports rights agencies, Kentaro.

Kentaro are headed by agent Jerome Anderson, who helped former Manchester City manager Sven-Goran Eriksson sign the likes of Elano, Martin Petrov, Vedran Corluka and Geovanni when Thaksin Shinawatra began the revolution at Eastlands back in 2007.

Blackburn's owners reportedly seem more inclined to back Anderson's judgement when it comes to player recruitment rather than that of manager Allardyce, whose style and tactics have already been criticised by Venky's chairwoman Anuradha J Desai.

"We don't just want results, we want entertainment too," Desai said last month. "We should go up in the rankings but playing well is not just about winning."

Blackburn's search for a new manager is already under way, with former Ajax boss Martin Jol, Axed Newcastle manager Chris Hughton and even Diego Maradona mentioned as potential successors to Allardyce, who replaced Paul Ince at the Ewood Park helm in December 2008.

However, Desai said on Tuesday that she wanted to install a British manager that can bring entertaining football to Ewood Park.

"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. 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.''


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