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.
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