BLACKBURN - Experience of the relegation dogfight will be the key to keeping Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League, Sam Allardyce said on Thursday. Former Bolton Wanderers manager Allardyce has taken over at Ewood Park following the sacking of Paul Ince after just six months in charge. Ince had never managed in the top flight before but Blackburn, the 1995 champions, are now banking on a man who previously secured near neighbours Bolton's place in the Premier League to get Rovers out of the relegation zone. "Having been there before, I know what it's all about," Allardyce said at his official presentation. "I had experience of being in the bottom three in my first two years at Bolton and it's not the easiest place to play," he told a news conference. "But the team have got to play under that pressure now and under that pressure they have got to play to their best. "I hope the players will respond very quickly. They finished seventh in the league last season and we have to try and get back to that level of performance." DISMAL RUN Blackburn have not won for 11 league games in a run stretching back to the end of September and are five points adrift of the safety zone. But Allardyce, who had been out of work since ending an unsuccessful stint as manager of Newcastle United in January, believes he can do the job. "The players are disappointed they are in this position. People think they don't hurt but I think they are hurting at the moment and they want to put it right," he said. "You can't ever say they are too good to go down because many clubs who have said that have fallen foul of that statement. "We have to try to get the players as quickly as we can to play to the maximum of their ability and I think they are good enough to do that and get us out of trouble. "The thing that ultimately brings confidence back is results." Club chairman John Williams said Allardyce, 54, had always been Blackburn's first choice target to replace Ince. "The word is experience," said Williams. "He has been there and done it. "It's a difficult job where we are but there is a huge amount of confidence from the boardroom down to the training ground that we have got the man who can turn it round." BLACKBURN FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: My Secret Vice Sam Allardyce Boy's A Bit Special Danny Simpson What Happened Next? David May Plus! Rate Rovers players (and others) on Talentspotter
18 December 2008
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