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McDonald Appointed Assistant Manager

Neil McDonald has been appointed as the new assistant manager of Blackburn Rovers to work under Sam Allardyce.

Neil was the head coach at Leeds United but is best known for being a key member of Big Sam's back room team at Bolton. Particularly from a fitness point of view.

In response to this, Archie Knox and Ray Mathias have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.

Whilst they have left a sour taste in many fans mouths, I am sure all Rovers fans would like to thank Archie and Ray for their efforts.

Karl Robinson will remain on the coaching staff.

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday December 18 2008

Time: 11:06AM

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I think many will be pleased that Knox and Mathias are gone. Let me be the first to welcome Neil and wish him the best of luck at Rovers.
Mikey D
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18/12/2008 11:13:00

welcome aboard neil, now get our boys fit!!!
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18/12/2008 11:22:00

Yep, welcome aboard and good luck!
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18/12/2008 11:40:00

And what about Tugay? Will he become some kind of player - manager assistant?
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18/12/2008 13:25:00

My guess is player coach? all will be revealed I am sure??!
Mikey D
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18/12/2008 14:30:00

I would guess Tugay will continue with his player-coach role...Allardice does like his older (or more experienced) players (Hierro for Bolton springs to mind...), so maybe Tug's will get more games!??!
Decimus Poole
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18/12/2008 15:54:00

I dont know if he could cope with any more than he is playing now could he? His performances would suffer I would think...
Mikey D
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18/12/2008 15:59:00

it was obvious he would bring in someone he trusts and has worked with before, but has said mathies and knox stays for now
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18/12/2008 17:15:00

There gone mate... Knox and Mathiass have gone...
Mikey D
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18/12/2008 18:26:00

McDonald is a good appointment, who is unlucky not to still be a manager in his own right. A potentially long-term successor to Big Sam perhaps?!?!
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19/12/2008 09:49:00


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