Allardyce takes Rovers reins

Former Bolton and Newcastle boss Sam Allardyce has been appointed manager of Blackburn Rovers on a three-year contract, the English Premier League strugglers have announced.

"Blackburn Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Sam Allardyce as manager with immediate effect," a statement on the club's official website said. "Sam has signed a three-year contract."

The statement added: "A press conference will be held at Ewood Park at 4pm (1600GMT) tomorrow (Thursday)."

Blackburn, who sacked Paul Ince as manager yesterday, are currently second-bottom in the lucrative Premier League and facing relegation, having won just three out 17 games so far this season.

Allardyce, 54, was a candidate for the post of Blackburn manager when Ince was appointed after Mark Hughes's departure to join Premier League rivals Manchester City. He had eight years in charge of Bolton, establishing Rovers's fellow Lancashire side in the Premier League and making them tough to beat.

Allardyce took charge of Newcastle before the start of last season before being sacked in January by owner Mike Ashley. No sooner had Blackburn chairman John Williams announced Ince's departure on Tuesday than he made clear his intention to bring in a new manager to Ewood Park as quickly as possible.