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Sandy Stewart named new assistant

4 July 2016

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Rovers are delighted to announce the appointment of Sandy Stewart as the club’s new assistant manager.

The move sees Stewart reunited with Rovers boss Owen Coyle, who he has worked alongside at St. Johnstone, Burnley, Bolton Wanderers, Wigan Athletic and Houston Dynamo.

Stewart spent his entire playing career in Scotland and is best known for his 17-year association with Airdrie, where he played over 300 league games and spent four years as manager.

During a brief spell as caretaker manager of St. Johnstone, Stewart secured silverware in his one and only game in charge – winning the 2007-08 Scottish Challenge Cup – before following Coyle to Turf Moor, where they won promotion to the Premier League.  

Having spent the past 18 months in the MLS, the 50-year-old is delighted to be back in East Lancashire and working alongside his long-term ally.

“I’m obviously delighted to be here,” said the Scot. “When you’re out of football, you don’t know how long it’s going to be before you’re back in.

“I’ve been quite fortunate in that way through the years, I’ve always had an opportunity somewhere, so I’m delighted to be here at such a fantastic club as Blackburn Rovers.

“Myself and Owen have worked well together for a number of years. We’ve been at several clubs, the relationship we’ve had has been fantastic since we were team-mates at Airdrie and I’m delighted to be working with him again.

“The facilities here are first class and when I walked through the door I got that buzz again. I can’t wait to get involved with the players and hopefully we can build something. We’ll ask everybody to work really hard – players and staff alike – and hopefully that brings success.”

Manager Owen Coyle added: “Sandy’s SFA staff coach in Scotland, which is where everybody goes to do all their coaching badges and licenses, which tells you the level and the quality he has.

"He’s been with me a long time. We were players together in 1990 and we’ve had success where we’ve been. He knows the game inside out. He’s great with players and he brings a host of qualities and attributes that will serve Blackburn Rovers well.

"The great thing for me is he is very much his own man and it's important that you have staff in place like that. Sometimes he might see something different, which I like. 

"Rob Kelly is here as well and he's an outstanding coach with a good eye, so I think we've got a very good staff and Sandy will hugely complement what we have."

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