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last updated Wednesday 13th January 2010, 8:00 AM
Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce
Blackburn manager
Sam Allardyce
Sam Allardyce is under massive pressure at Blackburn Rovers - with two games to turn round the widening rifts at all levels of the club.

Allardyce and his players had angry words in the dressing room after their disappointing defeat by Manchester City - and there are growing groans at board-room level about recent displays.

But the real breaking point could be brought on by the fans who mocked the team at City and are now in open revolt about the side's tactics and the form of key players.

Now Allardyce needs results and performances in the next two home games against Aston Villa in the Carling Cup tomorrow night and the home game with Roy Hodgson's Fulham.

The discontent has been increasing since Allardyce came back from his break with a heart condition, with his team failing to win a game since as the slide continues.

There was fury all round in the dressing room when Allardyce laid into the players after the City hammering, with a couple of leading seniors snapping back about the way the game had gone.

Allardyce looked furious during the game and was equally angry after the match when he was seen in a VIP suite, growling about the performance - while Rovers directors kept their distance.

The appointment of Allardyce a year ago paid off when he took Rovers to safety at a time when Paul Ince's disastrous reign had threatened their survival.

Allardyce has powerful backers in the board room, but the tide has turned with some and 'neutrals' behind the scenes are now worried that he may have lost some of his touch after his lay-off.

But the real crunch will come if the supporters turn in the next two games and the signs are that the angry minority is also growing rapidly.

Allardyce's preference for a system with one striker is not going down well with the team and the supporters and two uncomfortable home matches will bring the crisis to a head.

Rovers would be faced with the tough of finding a new boss if Allardyce was pushed or jumped. However Mark Hughes's availability is bound to plant a thought or two in some minds.

Source Alan Nixon at The Mirror
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