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Anthony Stokes moves to Ewood Park

Striker Anthony Stokes has moved to Ewood Park fresh from helping Celtic win the Scottish Premier League title.

He's won four league titles and two Scottish Cups. But 20 years ago it was Blackburn who stole his heart.

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New bosses relish challenge

New Blackburn boss, Owen Coyle, and Blackpool's Gary Bowyer are both taking on clubs with years of frustrating results and disillusioned supporters.

But they've been telling our reporter, Chris Hall, they are both up for the challenge.

Owen Coyle appointed new manager of Blackburn Rovers

Owen Coyle Credit: PA Images

Owen Coyle has been appointed as the new manager of Blackburn Rovers. The former Burnley and Bolton Wanderers boss takes charge at Ewood Park after putting pen-to-paper on a two-year-deal.

Coyle will work alongside assistant manager Alan Irvine and first team coach Rob Kelly.

First and foremost I'm absolutely thrilled and honoured to be Blackburn Rovers manager and I look forward to working with terrific people at the club.

"The ultimate aim is to give a team that is representative of the fans, a team that is entertaining and hard working, and a team that can win."

Rovers Director Mike Cheston said: "We are delighted to welcome Owen to the club. We took our time and conducted a thorough search and Owen was the standout candidate.

"He brings with him a wealth of management experience, a strong track record in the Championship and we believe he will complement our existing coaching staff perfectly.

"He meets all of the criteria we were looking for and we firmly believe he is the right man to take this club forward.”

– Owen Coyle

Paul Lambert to leave Blackburn Rovers

Manager Paul Lambert will leave Blackburn Rovers after the club's last match of the season. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Blackburn Rovers says the club's manager Paul Lambert is to leave the club at the end of the current campaign.

The club says Lambert has decided to activate a release clause in his contract and will step down after Rovers' final game of the season against Reading on May 7.

The club has thanked Lambert for his efforts since joining in November and says the search for a new manager will begin immediately.

I would like to place on record my thanks to the Owners, and especially the players, staff and fans for the tremendous backing and support I have received since I arrived.

It’s a brilliant club, with great people, and I wish it every success in the future. For now, I remain fully focused and determined to try to win the final two games of the season, starting this Saturday against Rotherham.

– Paul Lambert

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Former Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes wishes club success... just not on Saturday!

Former Blackburn Rovers striker Jordan Rhodes hopes the club has success in the future, but not on Saturday.

Rhodes faces his old club when Rovers travel to Middlesbrough in the Championship.

He completed his move to North East for an undisclosed fee on transfer deadline day.

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