Karl Oyston promised to move fast to find a replacement to Ian Holloway and for once he delivered on his promise. Less than a week since the departure of Holloway Karl got his man signing up Michael Appleton from Portsmouth as the new Blackpool manager.
The Manc who played for Manchester United, Preston (it’s best we try to forget this) and West Brom had his career cut short after a botched knee opp and finished playing back in 2001 aged 26. Since then he spend time at West Brom working up the age groups and then with managers Roberto Di Matteo and Roy Hodgson as an assistant manager.
He then spend just short of a year at Portsmouth as manager under somewhat difficult circumstances, including two administrations, losing all his players in the summer and having to sign players for free on monthly rolling contracts.
A totally different manager to Ian Holloway, Appy (guess it’s the nickname for him) on the exterior seems a little calmer, well-drilled in the coaching aspects of the game and not being the out-and-out man-manager Holloway was/is.
One concern of the appointment is that he has been selected due to having experience of working under difficult conditions. Karl’s thinking might be – He’s a manager that’s not had a penny to spend in the past year, is used to rolling contracts, having to loan in players, find players for free and working with a tight budget – therefore he should find it somewhat easy as the Blackpool manager. Time will tell if he’s going to cope with the Karl Oyston regime of doing things!
First task for Appy is this Saturday in the Lancashire / North-West derby with Bolton. He might look to stick with the same 11 that grabbed the impressive mid-week win over Sheffield Wednesday. Ian Evatt is back after a one match ban but with the first clean sheet in 11 matches it might be best to stick to the same back 5 that started against Wednesday which included Craig Cathcart in place of Evatt.
I can see the fans getting fully behind Appleton, so here’s looking forward to the first game in the Appleton era!