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Big Sam - I wanted out of Rovers in the summer

Rovers manager Sam Allardyce has bought something right out of left field with news that he was ready to leave Blackburn in the summer of 2010 when an offer appeared from the United Arab Emirates.

Allardyce was linked with Al Ahli and was apparently ready to take the job as he is a fan of holidaying in that part of the world but was blocked from leaving by the club.

This was five months before he was told he was no longer required by new owners the Rao family.

Allardyce told XPRESS - 'I had an offer on the table to come to Dubai and manage Al Ahli, back in May or June last year, a role that David O'Leary eventually took over.

'Ironically, I wasn't allowed to leave Blackburn at the time due to contractual obligations and so I had to turn down the offer that I was ready to accept. It's a shame. I was ready to make the move to Al Ahli.

'I would be prepared to come and coach in the UAE Pro League if the club and objectives were a fit for me, of course I would. Let's see what transpires, but there's nothing on the table.'

Rovers are still in danger at the foot of the table under new boss Steve Kean and Big Sam believes that was has transpired in the last few months has shown that Venky's have been wayward in their decision making.

Sam continued - 'The club didn't see me as a part of their future plans, what more can I say? They decided to terminate my employment without any real discussion with me, or opportunity for me to show them how to become a top-five football club. I wanted the same thing they did, but these things don't just happen overnight.

'The decision to terminate my contract was made well before they joined the club in my opinion because of how quickly I was removed once they took over.

'They are where they are, and it proves that the decisions that were made at the club so far haven't been the right ones.'

Sour grapes or does he have a point?

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Writer: Mikey Delap Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday May 5 2011

Time: 8:46AM

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The first bit of this does sound a lot like sour grapes to me but he does make a good point at the end - we would have been safe under his management at this point if he was still here.
Mikey Delap
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05/05/2011 08:55:00

typical big sam sour grapes! remember when paul ince got the job instead of him and he said 'i didnt want it any way', just can't keep his mouth shut and get on with his life.
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05/05/2011 09:12:00

Saw him here at the Royal Meridien Hotel, at the Royal Wedding lunch. No doubt he likes the climate here. David O'Leary has already been sacked, btw - afterwards he said he found the attitude of the local players difficult to manage - he couldn't chastise them like he wanted to when they played badly. Can't imagine Sam would find them any easier.
Desert Kiwi
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05/05/2011 09:32:00

Theres no doubt in my mind that if he was still in charge we would have a few more points on the board. The owners should have given him until about this stage of the season to prove himself and then mutually agree to replace him in the summer if all wasn't well. By the sounds of it he wasn't too happy with the owners anyway so he probably would have accepted the decision.
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05/05/2011 09:54:00

i certainly feel bad for him, and i'm sure he's half smiling now with us tinkering with relegation...he def deserved the chance to play out the season.
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05/05/2011 15:19:00

If he was made of chocolate he'd eat hisself. He kept us up, football was dire to watch but effective. He was very well paid for his efforts and yet he keeps bleating about all kinds of worthless BS, he needs to get over it and start spending his compo
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05/05/2011 17:49:00

I would prefer mid-table longball football at the moment to losing and the risk of relegation. Still, Sam is entitled to his say as far as I'm concerned as he was treated badly - and he dislikes the owners not the club. But now we need to look forward and worry about ourselves and staying up as we have moved on.
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05/05/2011 20:34:00

My sympathy for him having the rug pulled out from under him has pretty much gone now. Yes, we would be safe with him as manager but after recently moaning about John Williams (when he blamed JW for us not signing Raul) and now this, the fact that he was treated badly seems about what he deserves. Maybe the new owners knew he wanted out in the summer so figured they'd be best off letting him go. Now, what they've done since - that's another matter...
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05/05/2011 21:11:00

The Craziest and most ridiculas decision ever to remove him as our Manager, and will go down as one of the stupidiest sackings the Premier league has ever witnessed. Sour Grapes??? Not a chance, put yourself in his shoes, sacked for no apparent reason after he had saved us from certain relegation.
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06/05/2011 01:46:00

.... Yes Sam and i am sure that Real Madrid and Barcelona were demanding your services but horrible old Rovers wouldn't let you go at any price!
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