Michael Appleton: Blackpool boss misses Thursday training

Winger Thomas Ince confirmed that Michael Appleton did not take training on Thursday after an approach from Blackburn for the Blackpool boss.

Rovers wanted to speak to Appleton, 37, regarding their managerial vacancy.

BBC Radio Lancashire reported that Appleton held talks with Blackpool chairman Karl Oyston as assistant Steve Thompson led Thursday's session.

Blackburn Rovers & Blackpool: Managerial timeline

Henning Berg

28 September: Steve Kean "forced to resign" as manager of Blackburn Rovers

31 October: Former Blackburn defender Henning Berg appointed as Kean's successor

3 November: Ian Holloway leaves Blackpool to become manager of Crystal Palace

7 November: Michael Appleton departs Portsmouth to take charge at Bloomfield Road

27 December: Berg sacked by Blackburn after just 57 days in charge of Rovers

10 January: Blackpool reject Blackburn's approach to speak to Appleton regarding managerial vacancy at Ewood Park

Meanwhile, Blackburn caretaker boss Gary Bowyer said he expected to be in charge of Rovers at Wolves on Friday.

News of Blackburn's move for Appleton was made public late on Wednesday evening, with managing director Derek Shaw saying he was the only candidate the Championship club had approached. 

Since the former Portsmouth boss took charge at Bloomfield Road on 7 November, Blackpool have won two, lost two and drawn eight of their 12 matches in all competitions.

After revealing Appleton did not work with the team on Thursday morning, Ince said: "It's been like any normal day. We can't worry about things that are out of the players' control.

"As players, we stick together. There's a great bunch of lads in there and all we're doing is looking forward to Saturday [when Blackpool play Charlton].

"Whoever's our manager is whoever's our manager. We can't worry about what's happening off the football pitch. We have to worry about working hard in training, going to Charlton and getting a win."

And Ince, who has been the subject of recent interest from Liverpool, added that the uncertainty surrounding the managerial position will not have any bearing on his own future.

"My future right now is here," said the 20-year-old, who began his career at Anfield. "I'm a Blackpool player, I'm contracted to Blackpool and I'll continue to give 100% for this team."

Blackburn have won all three matches under Bowyer, since sacking Henning Berg on 27 December after just 57 days in charge.

Bowyer said: "We were told that we had it until the end of January, but like I stressed when that announcement was made, anything can happen in that month.

"The club have made an official approach. Myself and Terry [McPhillips] will continue to prepare the team. If there's anything different, we'll be told about it, I'm sure.

"As we stand, we expect to be taking the team at Wolves."