Souness - I'm not Blackburn's man

Graeme Souness has ruled himself out of the running for the Blackburn job despite being one of the favourites to succeed Paul Ince.

The Scot, who left Rovers in 2004 to manage Newcastle, said he is not surprised to be linked with job.

But he told the Lancashire Telegraph: "I don't know anything and have had no contact at all from Blackburn Rovers.

"It doesn't surprise me to see my name in there but I'm not your man, I can definitely say that."

Souness' stance makes it even more likely that Sam Allardyce will be offered the job.

The former Bolton and Newcastle boss is keen to get back into management after nearly a year out of the game, and the antipathy from Blackburn fans when he was linked with the post before Ince was appointed appears to have disappeared.

Blackburn chairman John Williams confirmed that he has one name at the top of his wish-list and hopes to make an announcement before the end of the week.

Williams said: "I do have an idea of who I want to come in and we will be working to try and make that happen over the next couple of days.

"Hopefully we will have someone in by the weekend but there are no guarantees, we have to make sure we get the right man now.

"You can't underestimate how much of a boost a physical presence could have on Saturday for what is an absolutely mammoth game.

"Everyone needs to know how big this game is as this is a time the club really has to come together."