Big Sam thought he had Blackburn Rovers deal for Lewandowski

SAM Allardyce has admitted that he thought Blackburn Rovers were in pole position to sign Borussia Dortmund’s four-goal Champions League hero Robert Lewandowski – only for the ash cloud to intervene three years ago.

Lewandowski incredibly scored all four goals in Dortmund’s 4-1 semi final first leg win over Real Madrid on Wednesday night, after the German club beat Rovers in the chase of the Polish international striker in 2010.

Now 24, Lewandowski had been due to fly to Ewood Park to watch Rovers’ match against Everton during a brief break in the Polish season, as he weighed up his future amid rival interest from Dortmund and Italian side Genoa.

But the volcanic ash cloud emanating from Iceland grounded flights, and he never arrived.

With Rovers struggling to find the finances to make the deal happen, Lewandowski would soon agree terms with Dortmund and the rest is history.

Short of cash in the months before the club’s takeover, Rovers eventually added to their strike force with the signings of Benjani and Mame Biram Diouf.

Rovers still rue missing out on Lewandowski, even if they have no complaints about the form of current strike ace Jordan Rhodes.

“I’d like to see him and Jordan play up front together that’s for sure,” caretaker boss Gary Bowyer said.

“If we can arrange that for the next two games that would be decent!”

Allardyce, now in charge of West Ham, said: “It got blocked at that particular time.

“My distant memory is not that great but John (Williams) and the board said, ‘We are not going to commit that amount of money to him.’ “He was put forward to sign, very strongly, by our recruitment staff, but unfortunately it was one that got knocked back.”

“I thought at that time that we had an edge on everyone else because of the attraction of the Premier League.

“It was around three or four million euros, something like that.

“Financially, Blackburn Rovers was particularly strapped at the time and it was one of those where, I can’t be absolutely certain, but it did get turned down.

“I can’t exactly remember what the reasons were, but it did. I watched him play but I didn’t get the chance to meet him.

“He’ll be worth about £40m now.”

Comments (11)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

11:46am Fri 26 Apr 13

juanbbien says...

Make your mind up was it the Volcanic Ash or was it the board not sanctioning the money.
Make your mind up was it the Volcanic Ash or was it the board not sanctioning the money. juanbbien

12:33pm Fri 26 Apr 13

1952 rover says...

Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard. 1952 rover

12:41pm Fri 26 Apr 13

bburnrover says...

Seems to me the LET were listening to Talk Sport over the last 12 hours with Murphys interview and BFS stating we hadnt the brass to buy him at that time.

I hope Murphy goes abroad he blames our poor displays on all the other teams trying to get one over a Premiership squad. I just think he was past it in the Premiership and he cannot cope with the Championship he is just too weak and slow.
Seems to me the LET were listening to Talk Sport over the last 12 hours with Murphys interview and BFS stating we hadnt the brass to buy him at that time. I hope Murphy goes abroad he blames our poor displays on all the other teams trying to get one over a Premiership squad. I just think he was past it in the Premiership and he cannot cope with the Championship he is just too weak and slow. bburnrover

12:45pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Bazzer says...

1952 rover wrote:
Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.
[quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.[/p][/quote]And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood. Bazzer

1:19pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Rover82 says...

So we didn't have 3 or 4 million euros for Lewandowski but we found £6 million for Kalinic? I think BFS is trying to make himself sound even better than he normally does.....
So we didn't have 3 or 4 million euros for Lewandowski but we found £6 million for Kalinic? I think BFS is trying to make himself sound even better than he normally does..... Rover82

1:23pm Fri 26 Apr 13

hasslem hasslem says...

Bazzer wrote:
1952 rover wrote:
Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.
you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.[/p][/quote]And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.[/p][/quote]you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too hasslem hasslem

1:37pm Fri 26 Apr 13

1952 rover says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
1952 rover wrote:
Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.
you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too
Bazzer. Everyone moaned at his style of play. And now he is a God. Think Not.
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.[/p][/quote]And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.[/p][/quote]you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too[/p][/quote]Bazzer. Everyone moaned at his style of play. And now he is a God. Think Not. 1952 rover

1:52pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Bazzer says...

hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
1952 rover wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.
you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too
Never! And Stoke's survival and West Ham's prosperity this year shows the way forward for the smaller club. Talk of lovers? You fell into the trap of moving off to pastures green and it all went to rats! Happens all the time....
[quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.[/p][/quote]And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.[/p][/quote]you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too[/p][/quote]Never! And Stoke's survival and West Ham's prosperity this year shows the way forward for the smaller club. Talk of lovers? You fell into the trap of moving off to pastures green and it all went to rats! Happens all the time.... Bazzer

2:43pm Fri 26 Apr 13

hasslem hasslem says...

Bazzer wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
1952 rover wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.
you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too
Never! And Stoke's survival and West Ham's prosperity this year shows the way forward for the smaller club. Talk of lovers? You fell into the trap of moving off to pastures green and it all went to rats! Happens all the time....
EH?
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.[/p][/quote]And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.[/p][/quote]you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too[/p][/quote]Never! And Stoke's survival and West Ham's prosperity this year shows the way forward for the smaller club. Talk of lovers? You fell into the trap of moving off to pastures green and it all went to rats! Happens all the time....[/p][/quote]EH? hasslem hasslem

6:42pm Fri 26 Apr 13

Bazzer says...

Biggest ever Rovers miss? Undoubtedly Ned Doig.
Biggest ever Rovers miss? Undoubtedly Ned Doig. Bazzer

9:00am Sat 27 Apr 13

whappen says...

Bazzer wrote:
hasslem hasslem wrote:
Bazzer wrote:
1952 rover wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.
And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.
you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too
Never! And Stoke's survival and West Ham's prosperity this year shows the way forward for the smaller club. Talk of lovers? You fell into the trap of moving off to pastures green and it all went to rats! Happens all the time....
And do you realistically think BFS would have stood for all the BS this lot has piled on us?

He MAY have stayed but there would have needed to be a serious change of direction by the owners and no meddling by you know who. So were either of those going to happen? I think not; he'd have jumped ship as sure as eggs is eggs, and quickly. He may have lasted to the end of the first season or possibly only until JW left in Jan 11; whichever, it wouldn't have been long. Then again, with all the agent activity, he may have spotted an "opportunity".

As we all know, devious moves were afoot of course and the decision was made for him.

If the board had turned down his request to buy Lewandowski, what would have been the point in him flying to the UK anyway? Make your mind up man.

And if BFS' or Pulis' "style" of play is the way forward for smaller clubs (I think there would be plenty of Stoke and WHU fans none too happy with that description) then gawd help us all.
[quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]hasslem hasslem[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Bazzer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]1952 rover[/bold] wrote: Who even cares what BFS Say,s He is a big blow hard.[/p][/quote]And ever since we dumped him the cold winds have whistled around Ewood.[/p][/quote]you really need to get over it bazzer - you are just another spurned lover from his past.....he has moved on, you need to do too[/p][/quote]Never! And Stoke's survival and West Ham's prosperity this year shows the way forward for the smaller club. Talk of lovers? You fell into the trap of moving off to pastures green and it all went to rats! Happens all the time....[/p][/quote]And do you realistically think BFS would have stood for all the BS this lot has piled on us? He MAY have stayed but there would have needed to be a serious change of direction by the owners and no meddling by you know who. So were either of those going to happen? I think not; he'd have jumped ship as sure as eggs is eggs, and quickly. He may have lasted to the end of the first season or possibly only until JW left in Jan 11; whichever, it wouldn't have been long. Then again, with all the agent activity, he may have spotted an "opportunity". As we all know, devious moves were afoot of course and the decision was made for him. If the board had turned down his request to buy Lewandowski, what would have been the point in him flying to the UK anyway? Make your mind up man. And if BFS' or Pulis' "style" of play is the way forward for smaller clubs (I think there would be plenty of Stoke and WHU fans none too happy with that description) then gawd help us all. whappen

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

Get Adobe Flash player
About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree