Saturday’s win over Wolves might have picked us up slightly but there’s a worrying deadline looming.
With no manager at the helm it seems that KO isn’t able to sort out any new players while at the same time making no progress with a manager. It appeared that we could have come out of the situation smelling of roses when Nigel Atkins became available however there’s been no news of talks.
It’s all gone a little quiet on the manager front. Player wise the only new face in is Matt Derbyshire who could make an impact upfront, however his hardly better than any of our current crop of strikers.
It looks like it’s all going to end up being a rush for the deadline on Thursday night with no manager in charge, all very worrying.
The only good point? Tom Ince and Matt Phillips are still with us!
This afternoon I tweeted that I couldn’t see the speculation about Michael Appleton going to Blackburn being true, however this is Blackpool FC.
Just a short time ago this appeared on the Blackburn Rovers website.
So Rovers are going in for Appleton, why, I don’t have a clue.
Appleton shouldn’t go simply because he’s only been Blackpool manager for a short time.
However if the other speculation is true that Appleton’s not having the best of times during the transfer window then there’s the chance that this could go ahead.
Knowing Karl Oyston he’s accept the offer as we’ll get…. sorry he’ll get the compensation money. Good business.
If Appleton goes then the season is pretty much over.
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!
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.
So a few of our Lancashire rivals are without a boss at the moment. Bolton, Burnley and Blackburn. With no football in the top two divisions with the international break it seems that bored journos are looking to put two and two together and link Ian Holloway with the vacant position at Blackburn Rovers.
No truth in the rumour I hear you say! But there is. Rovers Global adviser Shebby Singh has done his research online and found out about Ollie and his chicken coop making abilities.
Rovers backers Venky’s are one the largest producers of chicken meat in the world so would need a manager with a skillset such as Ollie’s, to make chicken coops and manage a team in the Championship with a view to promotion to the top flight!
Best get looking for a new manager looks like a done deal! Dam that Shebby Singh with his ultimate football knowledge!