English Premier League side Blackburn Rovers FC have announced the departure of manager Sam Allardyce.
A statement on the website of the Lancashire club, who recently changed hands, read: "The Venky's Group, owners of Blackburn Rovers, has today confirmed the departure of manager Sam Allardyce and assistant Neil McDonald with immediate effect. First-team coaching duties will be taken on by Steve Kean [currently first-team coach] for the immediate future. We have taken this decision as part of our wider plans and ambitions for the club."
Allardyce, 56, was appointed by Blackburn almost two years ago and his team lie 13th after Sunday's 2-1 loss to the club where he made his name as a manager, Bolton Wanderers FC. He has also been in charge of Limerick FC, Blackpool FC, Notts County FC and Newcastle United FC.