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Allardyce: Blackburn working on improving Diouf image

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce has revealed they've been working hard on improving El Hadji Diouf's image.

For victory over Blackpool, even rival boss Ian Holloway was left impressed by his telling contribution on the left flank, claiming Allardyce had turned him 'from a rottweiler into a poodle'.

Allardyce told the Lancashire Telegraph: "We've spent a lot of time on making sure he tries to get rid of that image he had before. He's never going to lose it, there's no danger about that.

"It is about can you handle him. He's not so much a difficult character because he's a jovial pleasant lad and fantastic from that point of view, but he has little spells where he loses his cool and makes trouble for himself that he shouldn't make.

"But he's maturing somewhat and that's hopefully going to get better and better, and he keeps playing the football he was today.

"Basically we talked to him about the stuff he has to be careful of. People will look out for him because he portrays himself in this image with stand out clothes.

"He has some of the worst gear you've ever seen in your life. You can't miss him from three miles away with some of the colours. Big chains, big belts, big blond hair.

"He still goes out obviously but I don't think he's still flashing around in the big nightclubs around Manchester like he used to. That's helping his game."

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