Date: 22nd February 2017 at 8:35am
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Blackburn have confirmed former Burnley, Bolton and Wigan boss Owen Coyle – who took charge of his final Rovers game against Manchester United on Sunday – has left.

It was announced on Monday evening that a mutual agreement had seen Coyle, his assistant Sandy Stewart, first team coach John Henry and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes all leave Ewood Park with immediate effect.

A statement on Official Website read.

‘Blackburn Rovers wish to announce that manager Owen Coyle has left his role at Ewood Park by mutual agreement. Assistant manager Sandy Stewart, first team coach John Henry and goalkeeping coach Phil Hughes have also left the club.’

Having won just 11 of his 37 games in charge and with Blackburn second bottom – three points from safety – it was decided a different approach was needed if Rovers are to remain in the Championship.

‘The decision has been taken in order to give the club the best possible chance of climbing to a position of safety in the Championship in the remaining 15 games, which starts with the big trip to Burton Albion on Friday night.’

Coyle and his staff left Ewood with the clubs thanks and best wishes with the search for a new boss beginning ‘with immediate effect.’

‘The club would like to place on record its thanks to Owen and his staff for all their efforts this season and we wish them well for the future. The search for a new manager will begin with immediate effect. No further comments will be made at this stage.’

The appointment of Coyle hadn’t ever gone down well with the Blackburn faithful given his previous with bitter rivals Burnley. The fact the 50 year old had hardly proven successful at another rival Bolton – at Wigan or Houston Dynamo really – didn’t help either.

However, in fairness to Coyle few can claim he was ‘backed’ by Venky’s – who are now seeking a seventh permanent boss since 2010 – in the transfer market. But the fact that Blackburn have spent the majority of the season in the bottom three – going no higher than 20th – has left Rovers with a decision to make.

Blackburn’s financial position means relegation into League 1 would be disastrous with the next boss having 15 games to turn things around. A caretaker is almost certain to be in place for the crucial meeting with Burton on Friday as Rovers seek a first away win since November.

The next steps from Venky’s could quite literally make or break Rovers…

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