Allardyce raring to go again

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New Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce insisted the time was right for him to return to football management.

The 54-year-old was unveiled at a press conference at Ewood Park on Thursday, having rejected the chance to manage the Barclays Premier League club earlier this year.

He told the press conference, covered by Sky Sports News: "Six months ago it was a case of speaking with (chairman) John Williams, going home and talking to my better half. After 15 years straight managing and coaching I decided it was too early to jump back into the mainstream."

He added: "Now I can get going in terms of getting my teeth stuck into the job and improving results, certainly in the beginning."

Rovers are second bottom of the top flight with 13 points and Allardyce continued: "It's difficult - an unexpected position I think.

"Everyone here didn't expect the club to be in the position it is.

"But I've been there before and now the players must respond very quickly.

"You can never say you are too good to go down - clubs have fallen foul of that before - but the players have to play to the maximum of their ability to get us out of trouble, hopefully as quickly as possible."

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