Another Blackburn manager relieved of duty

The headline on the official Blackburn Rovers website is “managerial changes announced” – well, it does sound a little more suitable than “fourth manager needed in one season” doesn’t it?

Another Blackburn manager relieved of duty

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March 19th, 2013

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Blackburn Rovers owners Venky’s are keeping up the good work in stimulating the local economy, having provided the same job to three different people in the space of six months; and are now on the hunt for a fourth after dismissing Michael Appleton earlier today.

With 67 days and fifteen whole matches of managerial experience for the 1994/95 Premier League champions, Appleton still managed a full ten days more than predecessor Henning Berg. The highlight of his reign – and possibly his managerial career to date – will have been the away win at the Emirates which eliminated Arsenal in the fifth round of the FA Cup last month; their tame showing and subsequent replay loss to Millwall in the quarter-finals will have dampened the same spirits which cheered for Colin Kazim-Richards’ goal against the Gunners.

But having levelled ridiculously deep into stoppage-time to avoid defeat against 10-man Burnley – and keeping alive their record of more than thirty years without loss to the Clarets – Appleton’s departure was announced this morning after fifteen games in charge; only six of which were defeats.

Appleton joins Berg and Steve Kean – himself “forced to resign” from the club after growing impatience from fans and an “untenable” position within the setup – on the list of managerial assets which Venky’s have so mercilessly dispensed of in this season alone. Reserve team coach Gary Bowyer will return to his caretaker role until the end of the season, having now been tasked with the job of avoiding a second straight relegation.

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