Football: Souness volunteers for Blackburn post

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GRAEME SOUNESS last night admitted he wants to be listed among the contenders for the vacant managerial post at Blackburn Rovers.

Brian Kidd's departure from Ewood Park on Wednesday has already prompted speculation that Souness could be just the man to appeal to Blackburn's owner, Jack Walker.

Souness, the former Liverpool, Southampton and Rangers manager, left Portugal's Benfica in controversial circumstances earlier this year. However, the former Scotland international insists he is searching for a return to club management and he views affluent Blackburn, struggling in the First Division, as a challenge to relish.

"Any job I'm offered I will think hard about, but the Blackburn post is an attractive one," Souness said. "It's a job which would be attractive to me and a lot of other people as well. A lot of people will be chasing it.

"I've had no contact with Blackburn. It would be of interest to me, but the same will apply to a lot of other people.

"I feel sorry for what has happened to Brian Kidd, but that's the nature of the modern game. There'll be a lot more people in his position before the season's out. I want to get back into club football because I enjoy the day-to-day involvement. You can never say never about anything because you never know."

There was also speculation yesterday that Joe Kinnear, the former Wimbledon manager, was on the short-list to replace Kidd.

Brian McClair followed Kidd out of Blackburn yesterday after he was sacked from his post as first-team coach. The former Manchester United striker joined Kidd 11 months ago but had little experience for his role at Ewood Park and has now also paid the price for Rovers' poor form.

The Bolton Wanderers manager, Sam Allardyce, is signing Barnsley's right- back Nicky Eaden in a pounds 500,000 deal to replace Neil Cox.

Allardyce hopes to tie up the move for Eaden today after agreeing the sale of the experienced Cox to Watford for a similar price. Cox is being sold by Bolton because he is a free agent at the end of the season, and Barnsley are letting Eaden go for the same reason.

Joe Royle is keen to add Robert Taylor to his squad at Manchester City. The Gillingham striker was on the brink of a move to Maine Road a fortnight ago before he picked up an injury. Charlton are also interested, but the City manager is confident of getting his man.

Birmingham City have signed the 17-year-old midfielder Marco Russo on a free transfer from the Italian Serie A club Reggina.

The Football League has agreed to lift the transfer embargo at Crystal Palace after the Professional Footballers' Association withdrew its objection to the club signing new players. The PFA had been concerned that the Palace squad was still owed outstanding wages from earlier this year.