Of course it’s as big a shock for me as for all you that the manager Big Sam has departured the club. We have absolutely not done badly this season and with victory against Bolton yesterday we would have been in a very comfortable sixth place. And the table situation does not reflect on how our performance has been in this year’s Premier League season. But this is the football game and the new owners want new ideas into the club. Therefore, I hope, and expect that the new manager is someone who is skilled enough and prolific enough to take us one step further. In Blackburn Rovers, we are all professionals and will of course continue to work very hard to bring the club further, and will of course welcome a new manager. To Big Sam, I want to thank him for our cooperation and wish him continued success in his career.

Morten Gamst Pedersen