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Allardyce rules out West Brom job

Ousted Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce will not apply for the head coach vacancy at West Bromwich Albion follwoing the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo.

• West Brom axe Di Matteo
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Di Matteo was relieved of his duties after a run of 13 defeats in 18 matches, with first-team coach Michael Appleton placed in charge on a temporary basis.

Allardyce, who is a former West Brom player, coach and assistant manager was reported to top of the wanted list at the Hawthorns.

Albion operate with a system in which the head coach works under a sporting and technical director, Dan Ashworth - a hierachy that Allardyce is likely to find undesirable.

Allardyce has been out of work since he was surprisingly sacked by Blackburn in December, despite Rovers sitting comfortably in 13th place in the Premier League.

His name was also linked with West Ham when speculation over Avram Grant's future surfaced last month, but he is reported to be keen to try his luck overseas.

As well as Allardyce, the likes of Roy Hodgson, Chris Hughton, former Albion skipper Derek McInnes and ex-West Brom player Martin Jol have already been linked with a move to the Hawthorns.

Former West Brom midfielder Appleton has been coaching at the Hawthorns for five years and has the respect of the players - a crucial factor for the forthcoming home games with West Ham and Wolves.

Appleton may even be considered as a candidate - in the same way as Steve Kean has been promoted from within at Blackburn in succession to Allardyce - if he proves his worth in the hotseat.

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