Writer: Mikey Delap
Date:Tuesday July 7 2009
Rovers could next season be aiming for a run in one of the cups instead of a big push for Europe - thats according to Sam Allardyce.
The first priority this season will be, of course, to avoid last season struggles but if the opportunity to get a sneaky bonus in comes around - the limited resources of Rovers will be used to aim for one of the cups rather than a stab at the Europa League.
Big Sam speaking to Sky Sports said - "Personally having experienced Europe, which was a great experience, I`d much sooner get to a cup final than go through the season and finish playing in the Europa League.
"Because you speak to all managers with much bigger, greater squads than Blackburn have or Bolton had and listen to them moaning. Martin O`Neill, Harry Redknapp, Man City last year saying we`re being killed by the amount of games we have to play in the UEFA Cup.
"We did lots and lots of research many years ago on playing in Europe and realistically you have to increase your squad by 50 per cent minimum to compete at that level if you want to have a successful Premier League season and a successful Europa League campaign.
"You imagine going to your chairman or your financial director and saying well done Sam but now you`ve got to give 50 per cent more squad. It doesn`t happen.
"So you`ve got to be careful about your balancing act.
"Of course, we would take it with open arms because it`s a great achievement. But it`s not as good as getting into the FA Cup final or the Carling Cup final."
Personally I'd take tenth spot and a cup final right now!
Date:Tuesday July 7 2009
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