Harford admits he considered standing down

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Ray Harford admitted yesterday that he had contemplated asking Kenny Dalglish to resume control at Blackburn Rovers before he appointed Derek Fazackerley as first-team coach to halt the slide in form by the champions.

Dalglish has been elevated to a position of director of football to allow Harford, his former assistant, to become manager. The change has not brought success with only one win in the Premiership and a 1-0 defeat by Spartak Moscow in their opening Champions League game.

Explaining that he was to take a more "hands off" role to allow Fazackerley, who was formerly at Newcastle, his head, Harford said: "Maybe I got too close to things after being coach for four years. I needed to step back a bit and observe.

"We needed a change of personnel or else it was going to be too much of the same. A different face was needed, a different voice."