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One of Newcastle's discarded managers has offered a word of advice to his former employers on their managerial situation...

Sam Allardyce's current club, Blackburn Rovers, are embroiled in a tense battle to avoid relegation along with his former club Newcastle United. 'Big Sam' who was sacked by the Magpies 14 months ago has said they need to stop dithering and appoint a full-time manager.

Currently, coach Chris Hughton is standing in at St James' Park for Joe Kinnear, who was taken ill in February and has since undergone triple bypass surgery to address a heart condition.

Kinnear was himself appointed initially as an interim boss by the Magpies after Allardyce's successor, Kevin Keegan, quit in September on a point of principle over transfer policy.

But Allardyce, now trying to steer Blackburn out of trouble, in competition with the Tyneside club, has spoken out about the managerial situation at the club that dismissed him.

Temporary boss Hughton is being assisted at the moment by former Nottingham Forest manager Colin Calderwood while Kinnear recuperates.

And Allardyce told The Times newspaper, “My brief comment on Newcastle is that they need a manager.

“You need your manager in this situation. If Joe Kinnear hasn’t fully  recovered, which I sincerely hope he does, then at this stage of the season, and in this position, your manager is crucial.

"The players need to know who’s in charge. That’s nothing against Chris Hughton or Colin Calderwood, but all the players know that they’re not the manager.

“The manager goes a long way towards deciding whether you stay up or get relegated, by his plan of action, by his selection process, by his substitutes, by his motivating and by what he draws on to try to get his players through that particular scenario," stressed Allardyce, adding, "You need a leader.”

Blackburn are currently one point and one place ahead of Newcastle in the Premier League table.

Mark Hinton, Goal.com

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