After 67 days and 15 games, Michael Appleton was sacked as manager of Blackburn with the East Lancashire derby being his last game in charge.
A man Appleton claims to have never met during his short tenure sacked him. The owners of the club sacked Appleton without the decency of informing the club’s managing director Derek Shaw. The only thing you can say is certain about the Venkys, is that they don't know what there doing.
When they first took over many Blackburn fans thought it was a good thing. They would bring some financial stability and maybe bring in some quality players in our push for a higher spot in the Premier League.
Look at them now, 18th position in the Championship, it's a shambles!
Their weren't any problems in appointing Michael Appleton, his track record showed he could have a good time at Rovers and that he could turn the club around from recent history.
He was named manager on the 11th of January 2013 and since then, 15 games played, four wins, five draws and six losses. The Arsenal game was a big turning point, leading up to it, we'd won three out of four games, drawing the other.
After the 1-0 at Arsenal I really thought we would kick on and push for a play off position but instead the opposite happened. The next three games were lost. To The players didn't look like they were complacent, they just didn't put in the required effort that was needed.
In the end though, Appleton could just turn around and say that injuries have been at a high and there's hasn't been enough options, yes we've missed Colin Kazim-Richards, many people don't like him, think he's lazy and so on but he's got a strong presence, and he can make things happen.
Also, letting players like Ruben Rochina and Mauro Formica go was a mistake, they were the only creative players who really could make things happen, Rochina could change a game with one little trick or pass, there isn't anyone in the squad now that you can name as a creative player/playmaker.
The big question is: What will the Venkys do next? The problem facing them now is similar to the one at Chelsea. Many self-respecting managers wouldn’t risk their reputation by going to Ewood Park anymore.
Once a respected, strong club in the Premier League, now an unstable club, who's owners don't know what they're doing. Before they arrived Blackburn were sitting comfortably in the top division with a good manager in Sam Allardyce. Now there is a very real possibility of falling in to the abyss of the Football League.
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