BLACKBURN Rovers have tonight made an official approach for Blackpool manager Michael Appleton.

Despite announcing Gary Bowyer would continue as caretaker boss until the end of the month, Rovers have now confirmed Appleton is their managerial target - despite him only being joining Blackpool from Portsmouth two months ago.

Derek Shaw, Managing Director of Blackburn Rovers said:  "I can confirm that we have made an official approach to Blackpool FC about our interest in speaking to Michael Appleton. This is the only candidate we have approached for the manager's job."