Normally, we wouldn’t be writing too much about the firing of a Championship manager on a bad run because this happens frequently. But Blackburn Rovers’ firing Michael Appleton for a string of bad results gives us a series of interesting facts.
- Rovers are now looking for their 4th manager this season and 6th in the past 3 seasons, having fired Sam Allardyce when Venky’s bought the club from the Walker Trust. Appleton was preceded this season by Steve Kean and Henning Berg.
- Appleton began the season at desperately strapped Portsmouth, moved on to Blackpool to replace Ian Holloway (who went to Crystal Palace to replace Dougie Freedman, who bolted to Bolton), and then left the Tangerines for Blackburn.
- Appleton coached all three of the teams he’s been in charge of this season in the FA Cup — players can be cup-tied, but not managers, apparently.
Bad run of form on Appleton’s part aside, even Roman Abramovich would venture that Venky’s is a bit fast with the pink slips.
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