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Allardyce blocked from quitting Blackburn months before sacking

Sam Allardyce admits he planned to quit Blackburn Rovers several months before he was sacked by Venky's.

Allardyce has told United Arab Emirates newspaper XPRESS he was ready to take on his first coaching job in the UAE last summer, only to be stopped by Rovers.

He said: "I had an offer on the table to come to Dubai and manage Al Ahli, back in May or June last year, a role that David O'Leary eventually took over.

"Ironically, I wasn't allowed to leave Blackburn at the time due to contractual obligations and so I had to turn down the offer that I was ready to accept. It's a shame. I was ready to make the move to Al Ahli.

"I would be prepared to come and coach in the UAE Pro League if the club and objectives were a fit for me, of course I would. Let's see what transpires, but there's nothing on the table."

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