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Blackburn Rovers blog: Appleton must get a fair crack of the whip
ANOTHER bizarre week in the topsy turvy world of Blackburn Rovers under Venky’s.
Just days after the announcement Gary Bowyer was to be allowed to continue as caretaker until at least January and we have a new manager.
And it would seem he is a manager, on paper, with no great record to scream about and without the experience you may have thought the next gaffer would have been expected to have.
That said, it is time for us to give Michael Appleton our full backing.
No matter how disappointed fans may be with the appointment, it isn’t his fault he has been given the job, and nobody knows how successful he will be.
I thought it was a bit unfair of the Action Group to threaten protest action over the appointment. Let’s at least give him a game eh?
In fairness he hasn’t really had a chance to shine in management if you look at his record.
A game as West Brom boss, then a year at Portsmouth who are one of a small cluster of clubs in a far worse position than Rovers.
Then two months at Blackpool who had just spent a number of years overachieveing under the excellent Ian Holloway – who wasn’t good enough for our Shebby.
Speaking of Shebby, the future does not look bright for our once outspoken ‘global adviser’. He has gone quiet recently, which is quite refreshing, and had no input in the appointment of our new manager.
I for one won’t be sad to see him go – if he does.
On the pitch we have gone four games unbeaten, a great run in the current climate, and huge thanks must go to Gary Bowyer for seemingly steadying the ship and making the players happy.
He has put himself in the shop window if any clubs out there are looking to gamble on a managerial appointment, having been touted to take the job here on a permanent basis.
I hope he stays at the club as, it would seem, he is a popular member of the backroom team who is clearly an asset on the training ground.
Meanwhile Appleton goes straight into the firing line with four consecutive must-win home league games against Charlton, Brighton, Ipswich and Bristol City.
Those matches will really make or break his Rovers career, and our season, so he needs to be given our support.
Meanwhile, there have been reports that David Bentley could be lined up for an Ewood return.
Bentley, as so often happens, never reached the same heights as he had at Rovers after leaving but he could be just what we need to provide Jordan Rhodes with ammunition.
I am hopeful this one is true.