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Big Sam: Changes Inevitable

Blackburn Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has once again admitted that changes will happen at Ewood Park this summer.

Allardyce had already admitted that he was looking to make changes this summer but again reaffirmed this when talking to Sky Sports after our televised defeat against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon, admitting that these changes will be due to him wanting change but also because some players will want to leave, however, Big Sam says that those coming in will be better than those that go.

Allardyce told Sky Sports: "We'll probably make changes with the playing staff - I think that's inevitable.

"I think the vast majority of the squad are good enough but we obviously have some natural wastage. Those players will leave and the ones we bring in will have to be better than what we've got.

"It will be difficult with a limited budget but we'll scour the world for the best footballers we can find.

Securing our Premier League status was his (and our) priority upon his arrival and with this now achieved looking to the future is what he is doing and he wants to build a side that can move us forward again.

He added: "Securing Premier League status is always our priority but now we must build on that for the fans.

The first player to go was confirmed today when Carlos Villanueva signed a lucrative contract to play in Dubai next season. The departure of the Chilean will disappoint many but in Sam Allardyce we trust, and I don't doubt his ability to work well in the transfer market this summer to make us a much better team next season.


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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday May 18 2009

Time: 4:16PM

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I think we will see roque leave as soon as the season is over even if its only for 13 or 14 million just so Sam can get on with bringing in some new players. We need a striker, a RB, a CB and a LM at least. Plus if we could keep Reid fit for a whole season we could be in good shape. His performances for the republic at the start of the season showed just how good he could be
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18/05/2009 16:36:00

I trust Sam in the market too. No Joey Barton though... no f'ing way!
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18/05/2009 16:57:00

Well if the rumour is true about cutting the wage bill by 5mill what is that about.
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18/05/2009 17:11:00

Roverjoy, i wouldnt worry too much about that...Rovers are known to pay massive wages...the loss of RSC and Ooijer will cover this and along with the "natural wastage" of Simpson, Villenueva and the likes of Mokoena and Derbyshire etc i cant see BSA having a problem balancing the books....we need a right back, Givet will cover LB and CB positions. A CM to cover the loss of Tugay and a CF to cover RSC (looks lik Crouch) - I think he mght do a couple of surprise loans for cover on the LM and another striker!!! Big changes...but we will be better or it!!!
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19/05/2009 00:45:00

don't know about everyone else, but i'm certainly not disappointed to see the back of Carlos. quality, but too weak for this league
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19/05/2009 07:27:00

Well with RSC wages off the books that is 2.35 million off the bill per year already!!!! We will come good I am really confident the big man can take us forward.
Mikey D
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19/05/2009 14:14:00

Unbelievable to think that that snakey git (RSC) has taken 2.35m from us in the past 12 months!!!!! If he had been a race horse we'd ave put him down by now!!!!
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19/05/2009 19:23:00

If/when we lose RSC we need to replace him as a priority - Crouch, Bent etc would be fair choices, however we need someone who will score 15-20 goals in a season - or we need the goals from elsewhere in the team, Benni, Roberts, midfield. I know that a lot of people are angry at RSC (and rightly so) however, if he goes and we don't get a like for like we could be in trouble again next season.
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20/05/2009 09:21:00

If Newcastle go down, they have some good players that would be worth poaching (Owen, Martins, Nolan, Duff, Butt...). However, they could demand high wages. If he brings them in for minimal amounts thought, may be worth spending big on wages. Maybe thats why he wishes for a big reduction in wage bills. I would guess Givet would demand a high wage package...
Decimus Poole
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20/05/2009 13:55:00

We are a team in need of change, not saying that the team aint good - but the fringe players are just ok at best, I know we cant have great players hanging around for a game, like Utd, Chelsea etc but we are a team that should be bringing in better!!! Oh and I wouldnt touch ANY of the Newcastle players IF they go down - they are there for a reason and the best player is prob away to Arsenal ( Bassong )
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