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Blackburn boss Allardyce admits upsetting Man Utd's Ferguson over Sbragia raid

Blackburn Rovers boss Sam Allardyce admits he upset Sir Alex Ferguson when he moved to have for former Manchester United coach Ricky Sbragia join his backroom staff at Bolton Wanderers.

"I played against Ricky and came across him again when I was helping out at Sunderland's academy in the '90s," said Allardyce.

"He was thorough and impressed me with the way he went about his job. So when I needed a new coach at Bolton, I decided to go for Ricky.

"But it's never easy to get anyone out of Old Trafford. When I called Alex he wasn't happy and told me he didn't want Ricky to go.

"I had a position available as first-team coach that allowed Ricky to challenge himself in a higher position.

"That said, leaving United is a massive decision and he'd been there three or four years and done very well.

"Alex eventually agreed to have a word with Ricky and see what he felt about it and we came to an agreement.

"It said a lot about Ricky that Alex didn't want to lose him and it proved good for me because he played a key part in Bolton's success."

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