Appleton is Blackburn's third manager this season… and they are his third club of campaign!
18:31 GMT, 11 January 2013
18:37 GMT, 11 January 2013
Blackburn have confirmed the appointment of Michael Appleton as their new manager.
Appleton becomes Rovers' third boss this season despite only taking over at Championship rivals Blackpool two months ago.
The 37-year-old former Manchester United and Preston midfielder, who began the season in charge of League One Portsmouth, has agreed a two-and-a-half year deal at Ewood Park.
Third time lucky Appleton succeeds Steve Kean and Henning Berg
Ashley Westwood, first-team coach under Appleton at both of his previous two clubs, will join him as assistant.
In a statement released by Blackburn, Appleton said: 'I am delighted to
be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me
and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us.
'I can't wait to start working with what is a very talented group of players.
'I'd like to thank everyone at Blackpool for their efforts during my
time there and the chairman for allowing me to come here. I wish them
all the best for the future.'
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Rovers' managing director Derek Shaw said: 'We are delighted to welcome both Michael and Ashley to the football club.
'They are both highly regarded within the game and we are confident that
they have the drive and ambition to take this club forward.
'We will do everything in our powers to support them in our quest to make an instant return to the Premier League.'