Blackburn Rovers sack Michael Appleton

He was ready for a new challenge in his career anyway wasn't he? well it had been two months...

Blackburn Rovers this afternoon fired another Manager, by giving the boot to Michael Appleton after only two months at the helm at Ewood Park.

Appleton's managerial reign in football can't be taken seriously since he left Portsmouth, with two short stinks in the Championship with Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.

The former West Bromwich Albion coach left Blackpool in acrimonious circumstances after only a brief spell in charge to move to Ewood Park, and now joins the ever growing list of unemployed managers thrown on the sack heap after failing to meet foreign owners expectations.

Appleton started well at Blackburn after winning four of his initial seven games with the club, including a 1-0 away win at Arsenal in the FA Cup.

Recently though, he hasn't picked up a victory in eight matches, and missed the opportunity to represent the club at Wembley as his side lost 0-1 at home to fellow Championship side Millwall in the Quarter Finals of the FA Cup.

His final game was a 1-1 home draw with local rivals Burnley, where a late equaliser by David Dunn ensured at least a point, with the club languishing precariously close to the relegation zone after spending a considerable amount of money in the summer.

The Blackburn Rovers Website confirmed: "Blackburn Rovers FC can confirm that Michael Appleton has been relieved of his duties as manager along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first-team coach Darren Moore and head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling."

Reserve Team coach Gary Bowyer will take on First Team duties once again for the remainder of the season.