LMA urge Rovers to be patient

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The League Managers Association have called on Blackburn to be patient with under-pressure manager Paul Ince.

A sixth successive Barclays Premier League defeat at the weekend, 3-0 at Wigan, extended Rovers' winless run to 11 matches and increased the scrutiny on Ince, whose position will be a matter for discussion after chairman John Williams expressed his disappointment with the result.

But in defence of Ince, LMA chief executive Richard Bevan added: "He has only been there five months, he has not brought in his own players."

He added: "Blackburn sold the likes of David Bentley and Brad Friedel for £20million and probably I think they were the lowest spenders from the transfer window in August, so I think we just need to give Paul time.

"I'm sure chairmen, the likes of John Williams at Blackburn, are under a lot of pressure," he told BBC Radio Five Live.

"They have got a massive commitment into the club, and what we have got to get over is that continuity, looking at allowing managers to build relationships with the fans, the players and particularly the board. If you do that, then stats and history shows that you will be more successful."

Looking ahead, Bevan added: "He has got big matches coming up - he has got Stoke at home, Sunderland away, Manchester City at home and Fulham away, so they are all matches where he can pick up points.

"I think the best example of where we've got to bring a bit of calm to the situation is to just look at (Bolton boss) Gary Megson.

"(At the) beginning of November everyone was saying he should be kicked out or resigning, he goes and wins four out of five matches and he wins Barclays Premier League Manager of the Month."

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