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Blackburn begin search for another new manager after sacking former Ireland striker Coyle

The former English champions are second from bottom in the Championship.

Queens Park Rangers v Blackburn Rovers - Emirates FA Cup - Third Round - Loftus Road Owen Coyle's time as Blackburn Rovers manager is over. Source: Dominic Lipinski

ENGLISH SECOND-TIER STRUGGLERS Blackburn Rovers are seeking their seventh full-time manager since Indian owners Venkys bought the club in 2010 after Owen Coyle left departed this afternoon.

The 50-year-old — who guided them to just 11 wins in 37 matches since taking over in June last year — leaves with the former English champions second from bottom of the Championship and three points adrift of safety.

Coyle, who has also taken charge of Burnley, Bolton Wanderers and Wigan Athletic amongst other clubs, departs just two days after Rovers won compliments for their performance in the 2-1 FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Manchester United.

Owen Coyle Republic of Ireland 15/12/1994 Coyle was capped by the Republic of Ireland in 1994. Source: Lorraine O'Sullivan/INPHO

“The decision has been taken to give the club the best possible chance of climbing to a position of safety in the Championship,” said a club statement.

Blackburn’s next game is away to fellow Championship strugglers Burton Albion on Friday.

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