Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy feels he has been revitalised by new manager Sam Allardyce after growing frustrated under Paul Ince.
The South Africa international has scored four goals in as many games since Allardyce took over at Ewood Park last month and he admits he was unhappy while Ince was in charge and was beginning to fear for his World Cup prospects due of a lack of opportunities.
The 31-year-old told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "I don't know why I didn't play, I really don't know. I would love to know but it is part and parcel of football."
He added: "Some managers just prefer certain players and if you don't fit what a manager likes and the way he wants to play then you don't fit. You just get the boot.
"It was difficult, of course, especially when you get to my age and you are playing for a country that is hosting the World Cup. You want to play and you always want to be in the mix so by the time the World Cup comes, you are ready.
"It was hard, every time I kept going to the national team I am like a really important figure for my country but I don't play for my club.
"People ask questions, 'Is he the right man?' 'Should he play?', 'Should someone else get the chance?' Those type of things go through your head."
McCarthy made just four Barclays Premier League starts during Ince's six-month reign, during which time the club slipped into the bottom three.
Rovers are now unbeaten in five games with last weekend's 3-0 win over Newcastle, in which McCarthy scored, lifting them out of the relegation zone.
McCarthy added: "When things are done right it makes a lot of sense and things become a lot easier. How well we have played in the last couple of games, and how we can even be in this situation I can't even understand."
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