Football - Fans' group unhappy with Appleton approach

Michael Appleton's proposed appointment as Blackburn manager will not be a popular one, according to the leader of the club's major supporters' pressure group.

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Blackpool cleared the way for Appleton hold talks with npower Championship counterparts Rovers over becoming their third boss this season in the wake of Steve Kean and Henning Berg's departures, despite the 37-year-old only arriving at Bloomfield Road on November 7 to replace Ian Holloway.

Wayne Wild, co-chairman of the Rovers Trust - a group committed to fan ownership at Ewood Park in response to the Venky's regime - is concerned the club will once again pay the price for placing an inexperienced man at the helm.

"Most supporters you speak to will say it's not an appointment they welcome," Wild told Press Association Sport.

"Whether he turns out to be a good appointment, again, he's a gamble - you just don't know.

"It's not up to fans really to make statements about management decisions but it does show the incapability of the club's owners, even after two years, repeating the same mistakes.

"In effect, what we've done is paid Sam Allardyce's contract up because we sacked him, Steve Kean walked out, we've then had Berg in on a three-year contract and paid him off after 10 games.

"And now we're going to pay compensation possibly for another manager. With the right decision at the right time we could have had somebody on fairly high wages for that - a (Harry) Redknapp, a (Ian) Holloway or somebody similar."

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