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Big Sam talks Matt Derbyshire

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has highlighted the ability of potential Saturday opponent Matt Derbyshire and explained the reason behind letting the ex-Blackburn man leave Ewood Park.

Derbyshire is a Blackburn fan and was thought to be a long term fixture at Ewood Park before falling out of favour with Big Sam after he took over from Paul Ince.

Matty was initially loaned to Olympiakos in Greece before making a permanent move last summer but the former England under-21 regular sealed a move back to Birmingham a few days back (are you still following?).

Birmingham face Rovers at St Andrews in two days time and Sam has now revealed that Derbs leaving Blackburn corrected a financial imbalance at the club.

Allardyce told Sky Sports - 'He is a very good goalscorer, we all know that, and that is why we got an unbelievably good fee,'

'We let him go there on loan and he became a hero, they paid a lot of money for him and we capitalised on that because we needed to.

'He was part of the healing process for Blackburn's financial difficulties. Over four million euros was one of the best deals, for him and for us, that I've done in my time.

'Now he comes back, hopefully not to haunt us on Saturday, because we know that, particularly off the bench, he is good at turning a game with goals.'

The Rovers boss admitted his surprise when he heard that Derbs was back in England after initially being told that he wanted to leave the UK no longer than 12 months ago.

Allardyce added - 'I don't know why he is back, he told me that the place he wanted to be is Greece.

'He said he didn't want to stay in this country, it's that good there he wanted to be there, so I don't quite know what has happened along the line. Obviously it's not quite as good as he thought it was.'

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 19 2010

Time: 8:39PM

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I am pleased to see Matty back in England and I hope he bangs in the goals... after Saturday.
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19/08/2010 20:43:00

Glad Matty is back, unhappy that he's not in a Rovers shirt where he belongs... Big Sam would have got more credibility if he admitted selling Matty was a big mistake and wished that he had never done it, no matter the money.
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19/08/2010 21:20:00

But the fat idiot spent 6million on Kalinic, who's inferior to Derbyshire imo 1 of Englands brightest attacking prospects & natural finishers.
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20/08/2010 01:46:00

I don't see it. I think Niko is a far superior player to Derbs. And I think he will prove that in the future. Only time will tell, but I think Kalinic will score more and be worth a heck of a lot more in the future than Matty will.
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20/08/2010 08:51:00

Should not had sold Derbyshire in the 1st place, fringe players like Zurab & Roberts should had been offloaded to ease our financial diificulties. I got no doubts Derbs will be back to haunt us, a natural goalscorer that's what we been lacking and been searching for. Sam made a big mistake, that's why we are now in a situation of lacking a goalscorer.
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20/08/2010 09:34:00

His goalscoring record throughout his entire career, is 31 goals in 116 mathces. Thats a goals per game ratio of 0.27 Granted, quite a lot of his Rovers appearances were as a sub. But that is not the record of a natural goalscorer. I don't know how anyone can say he is better than Niko. Niko is stronger, faster, a better finisher and an all around better player than Derbs.
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20/08/2010 11:04:00

I think the comparison with Niko is uncalled for - Niko is stronger and has more skill, Derbs is quicker and was one of us! The point is Big Sam is short of strikers - he should have kept matty and got rid of benni - theb he wouldn't have needed to have loan players
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20/08/2010 11:43:00

He was one of us, and still is one of us. But there's no room for sentiment in football. He only ever scored 10 league goals for us, not a huge contribution. It doesn't matter what is said about Benni, he was a very good player for us. Sure he may have lagged behind in his last couple of seasons, but he scored goals for us. More than Derbs did at any rate.
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20/08/2010 13:04:00

It was a shame that Matty left (was forced out) and sadly ironic that less than a year later we are in a situation where we are struggling for goals. I believe Nicko is the future but if we had Matty on-board, we would have more of a goalscroig threat. Still, I wish him all the best and bet of the weekend has to be Matty Derbs scoring at anytime...its inevitable I'm afraid!
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20/08/2010 13:31:00

The reason Derbs will get an easier ride than Benni is because he had the passion, if not quite the skill...
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20/08/2010 15:04:00

I have to say i don't agree with the big man here. If it was 4 million euros that was about 3 million pounds at the time. i wouldn't call it an unbelievable fee at all being an England u21 player. Matt was a very good player and played well every time i saw him.
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20/08/2010 18:52:00

Matt Derbyshire is overrated.. he was good at coming on from the bench and grabbing a goal.. and nothing else.. start him and he would flop.. look at our 2 best managers Big Sam and Hughes... only ever used him from the bench... only manager to start him was that Idiot Ince... Niko Kalinic is an amazing talent and you can see that when he is on the ball.. the goal he scored against spurs last season was absolute quality and was wrongly disallowed... an example of what is to come from the lad..
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20/08/2010 21:02:00

2 better managers*
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