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.