Appleton sacked by Blackburn after just two months in charge as Rovers look for their FOURTH manager of the season
11:24 GMT, 19 March 2013
12:10 GMT, 19 March 2013
Blackburn have sacked Michael Appleton after just over two months in charge at Ewood Park.
Rovers have made the decision to wield the axe on a third manager this season following Sunday's 1-1 draw with local rivals Burnley and last week's FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Millwall.
A statement read: '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.'
Sacked: Michael Appleton has left Blackburn after just two months
ROVERS MANAGER RECORDS
P15 W6 L6 D5
P10 W1 L3 D6
P8 W4 L2 D2
The club, without a win in eight games in all competitions, are 18th in the npower Championship table and just four points above the relegation zone.
Appleton left Blackpool to join Blackburn in the new year after just 65 days in charge at Bloomfield Road.
During 67 days in the Rovers job, Appleton won four, drew five and lost six of his 15 matches in charge.
It means that if Blackburn get another manager they will have had same number this season as Manchester United have had since 1972.
The goings on at Ewood Park this season are a far cry from the side that lifted the Premier League trophy in 1995 with Kenny Dalglish in charge and Alan Shearer and Chris Sutton playing up front.
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