Michael Appleton: Blackpool grant Blackburn permission for talks

Blackburn Rovers are set to appoint Blackpool manager Michael Appleton as their new boss on Friday.

Blackburn were granted permission to speak to the former Portsmouth boss, who has only been at Blackpool for 66 days, on Thursday evening.

The deal to take the 37-year-old to Ewood Park is expected to be completed swiftly and he may watch Rovers play Wolves from the stands at Molineux.

Caretaker boss Gary Bowyer is likely to be in charge of the team.

He has led Blackburn to three straight wins in his temporary spell as boss.

Michael Appleton - the manager

  • Took charge of West Brom for one game in February 2011
  • Appointed Portsmouth boss in November 2011
  • Pompey record - P51 W13 D11 L27
  • Appointed Blackpool boss November 2012
  • Blackpool record - P12 W2 D8 L2

The Tangerines rejected the initial approach for Appleton, who only took charge at Bloomfield Road on 7 November.

But a club statement released on Thursday said:  "Following discussions with Blackburn Rovers and Michael Appleton, permission has been granted for the manager to discuss personal terms with the club."

First-team coach Ashley Westwood will also speak to Blackburn about joining Appleton.

Rovers have won all three matches since Henning Berg was sacked on 27 December.

Appleton did not take training at Blackpool on Thursday, with assistant Steve Thompson leading the session.

Appleton left Portsmouth on 7 November to replace Ian Holloway at Bloomfield Road and has won two, lost two and drawn eight of his 12 matches in charge of the Seasiders.

Rovers are in 13th place in the Championship, five points short of the play-off places and one place above Blackpool, whose last win came against Blackburn on 15 December.

Michael Appleton

Blackpool have granted Blackburn Rovers permission to speak to Michael Appleton about their managerial vacancy.

The Tangerines rejected Blackburn's initial approach for the 37-year-old.

But a club statement said:  "Following discussions with Blackburn Rovers and Michael Appleton, permission has been granted for the manager to discuss personal terms with the club."

First-team coach Ashley Westwood will also speak to Blackburn about joining Appleton at Ewood Park.

Appleton did not take training at Blackpool on Thursday, with assistant Steve Thompson leading the session.

Michael Appleton - the manager

  • Took charge of West Brom for one game in February 2011
  • Appointed Portsmouth boss in November 2011
  • Pompey record - P51 W13 D11 L27
  • Appointed Blackpool boss November 2012
  • Blackpool record - P12 W2 D8 L2

Blackburn have been without a manager since sacking Henning Berg on 27 December.

Since then, they have won all three matches under caretaker boss Gary Bowyer, who told the media on Thursday afternoon that he expected to take charge of the team for their fixture at Wolves on Friday.

Appleton left Portsmouth on 7 November to replace Ian Holloway ay Bloomfield Road and has won two, lost two and drawn eight of his 12 matches in charge of the Seasiders.

Rovers are in 13th place in the Championship, five points short of the play-off places and one place above Blackpool, whose last win came against Blackburn on 15 December.

Last week, Rovers global advisor Shebby Singh told BBC Radio Lancashire that the club wanted their next manager to accept a short-term contract.

Singh said: "If somebody has got the ambition, the knowledge and the experience, there will be people who will take the job.

"We are looking to offer a short-term contract with specific targets, and upon achieving those targets it will trigger a longer-term contract."