Sackburn Rovers pot Michael Appleton

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Jamie Smith March 19, 2013
I hadn't heard about Appleton saying that, seems fairly ill ... 2 years ago

Blackburn Rovers have confirmed the sacking of Michael Appleton.

It’s that time of year again already. Venky’s have sacked yet another manager, with Appleton the third boss to be shown the door this season.

Steve Kean had Rovers in contention for promotion when he was sacked last year and Gary Bowyer – the caretaker – will lead the side in a relegation battle. In between Kean and Appleton, Henning Berg had an unhappy period in charge that included humiliation at the club’s Christmas party and a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

Berg had been critical of the Venky’s regime prior to taking over and it’s hard to see a manager with any credibility agreeing to take the job while they remain the club’s owners.

Michael Appleton has now left three clubs this season and incredibly they could all be relegated. Portsmouth are in the drop zone of League One and both Rovers and Blackpool are far from assured of Championship status for next season.

It’s hard to believe Appleton was linked with the vacancy at Turf Moor when Eddie Howe walked out and it seems his post-match comments have bitten him on the backside.

“I hope it’s damaging to Burnley and I hope it feels like it’s the worst result they have ever had,” said Appleton. Burnley fans will now never forget those words.

Rovers are 18th in the Championship, just four points clear of the drop zone, having failed to win since a surprise victory at Arsenal in the FA Cup over a month ago. They missed the chance to play at Wembley in the semi-finals by losing at home to Millwall.

After Appleton’s sacking was confirmed, Burnley fans rushed to back Rovers to be relegated, with odds of 15/1 still available.

Assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling have also lost their jobs.

Is it a case of what goes around comes around for Appleton? Comment below.

  • Andy Devanney
    Andy Devanney

    I’ve just had a text from a Blackburn friend of mine that says “we are the joke that keeps giving and giving.”

  • Mike

    Excellent choice of photo…

    • Kevin Robinson
      Kevin Robinsonin reply to Mike

      Jobsite – genius.

      • Jamie Smith
        Jamie Smithin reply to Kevin Robinson

        Believe it or not I didn’t spot that – the only photo of him we have!

  • Mike Mada

    Magic – it’s Christmas all year round with Venky’s!

  • ste

    ive just heard from a friend of mine they want judas as their next manager how gud an ending would it be to see him take the bastards down

  • Holtyclaret

    The gift that keeps giving. I’m amazed at the lack of furore regarding his comments after the game, but I guess the venkys have heard and seen enough. Thank god (he was my choice) he didn’t come to Burnley. Please please please let Judas take them down!

  • Colin

    I can think of a word that rhymes with Jobsite which sums up what I think about his post match comments!4

  • Wash

    Surely backing Rovers to be relegated would have been a better idea BEFORE Applehead was sacked, not after? There’s a much better chance of staying up without that loser in charge.

    • Jamie Smith
      Jamie Smithin reply to Wash

      Perhaps, but nobody could guess he was going to get sacked and regardless of Bowyer’s record in the previous caretaker spell. It’s a club in crisis and they’re only going one way – still decent value.

  • Vince

    Classless comment

  • James King

    I hadn’t heard about Appleton saying that, seems fairly ill advised to say the least. Still, Venkys just keep finding ways of making themselves funnier

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