Buyers beware, warns Allardyce

Two rival consortiums are considering a takeover bid for the club
and Rovers boss Allardyce said buyers should be aware that running
a football club is a unique business. The chaos that has engulfed
Liverpool has been a warning to anyone that they need to consider
all possible consequences. Allardyce said: “You cannot rush anybody
into a decision as big as buying a Premier League football club.
“They have to make sure they know exactly what they are getting
into. The last thing you would want to face as new owners is by
finding out it was not quite what they thought – which could have a
massive effect on how the club is developed and could be a
down-side rather than an up-side. “Any new owners need to make sure
exactly what they are getting into, exactly what is needed and how
the business is run. “If it’s going to happen we hope it happens
for the benefit of the club and for me as a manager so that we can
get better, stronger and be more successful.” The Blackburn manager
insists that takeover talk is not affecting his players at all.
Allardyce added: “I don’t think it affects the players, it’s in the
back of your mind and some players’ minds if and when it’s going to
happen, but it doesn’t affect you. “It’s always been there ever
since I’ve been here. The club has always been for sale from the
day I first walked in and the chairman told me that. “Because
recently there has been some interested parties doing some due
diligence you do think a little bit more about it.” Blackburn take
on Sunderland tomorrow in their first home match for four weeks
with Allardyce stressing the need for victory. He said: “We have
not played at Ewood for a month, it has been a long time. We want
to excite the fans and give them an entertaining game and win three
points. “We had 13 clean sheets last season and that’s one of the
things I have talked about, and that we must be more clinical with
our finishing. “Generally the teams that finished around mid-table
last season had a good home record but didn’t win enough points
away. We were like that and so were Sunderland. “I hope for my old
mate Steve Bruce that it carries on like that, I don’t want to see
him coming here and his team producing one of their best away
performances and getting a victory! “We have to be on top of our
game and make sure we get back to winning ways at Fortress Ewood.”
David Dunn is expected to play some part for Blackburn after
recovering from a hamstring strain but Vince Grella is still
missing with the same problem. Keith Andrews is also out after
having an operation on a groin injury while Ryan Nelsen is a doubt
with a thigh problem.