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National media ridicules Rovers for sacking Appleton
BLACKBURN Rovers were today widely ridiculed in the national media after Michael Appleton was unceremoniously sacked yesterday.
Rovers have now had three full-time managers this season and five in total, with reserve team boss Gary Bowyer handed the task of steadying the ship until the end of the season.
Bowyer was in charge for four games prior to Appleton’s arrival and remained unbeaten during that spell.
Martin Samuel described the situation in equally bleak terms writing in the Daily Mail.
He said: “There really are few words to describe the idiocy of Blackburn Rovers’ decision to sack Michael Appleton, except to say that if the owners do not associate the crowd of 8,635 for an FA Cup quarter-final replay with their stewardship of the club, they are more stupid than they look. And frankly that isn’t possible.”
The boardroom divisions between Shebby Singh on one side and Derek Shaw on the other have attracted particular ridicule.
Ben Smith wrote for a BBC Sport comment piece: “The problem is bigger than any manager. At boardroom level, Blackburn is a club tearing itself apart. Singh and Shaw have not spoken since the turn of the year, avoiding each other on match days and watching from different boxes.”
The Sun described Appleton’s dismissal as chaotic and labelled the club a shambles while the Mirror described the shock axing as typical of Shebby’s Rovers.
The Rovers news was the main story in today’s Independent with the article pouring yet more scorn over the club.
Ian Herbert wrote: “Rovers continued their steep descent to becoming the most ridiculous club in British football.
“Appleton, the third Rovers manager to be dismissed this season, became the pawn in a power struggle between managing director Derek Shaw, who hired him, and global adviser Shebby Singh, whom Appleton believes wanted him out.
“What we have seen is the public unravelling of a proud football club because no one at the helm has the remotest idea about how to run one.”