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A big welcome to Michael Appleton

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.

Michael Appleton Blackpool

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!

Next Blackpool Manager? – Thompson odds on, but Coyle to complete three-way manager swap?

So Karl Oyston is to move quickly with the new manager and it looks like it’s a race between Steve Thompson, Owen Coyle and Paul Ince.

Thompson is the easy choice, already at the club, little or no disruption in the next week, possible the cheaper for wages. Paul Ince is know at the club, he’s often seen at home and away matches watching his son Tom. He’s not managed since a stint at Notts County in 2010-11 and bar some time with MK Dons hasn’t really made the grade too often.

The third choice is Owen “Judas to the Burnley Fans” Coyle. Who for me did a really good job at Burnley and was able to get them playing some great football with signing some good players in his time. He did however split Burnley while they were in the top flight for Bolton, which in the end didn’t work out.

If he did move we would have seen a strange three-way job swap with Coyle leaving Bolton, to be replaced by Dougie Freedman who left Crystal Palace who in turn was replaced by Ian Holloway who left us to be replaced by Coyle. They don’t call it the managerial merry-go-round for no reason.