Appleton skips Blackpool training to thrash out deal over Blackburn job
16:27 GMT, 10 January 2013
17:03 GMT, 10 January 2013
Michael Appleton has been given permission to speak with Blackburn.
The Blackpool boss is regarded as one of the brightest young managers in the game.
He has been mentored by Sir Alex Ferguson and Roy Hodgson since his playing career was ended by injury.
He will talk to Blackburn today and could even be their new manager in time to be at Molineux tomorrow night for the Championship clash with Wolves.
Rover and out Michael Appleton's reign at Blackpool could prove to be an
extremely short one with the former Portsmouth manager wanted at Ewood
Sportsmail understands Appleton and coach Ashley Westwood did not attend Blackpool’s training session on Thursday but were meeting chairman Karl Oyston to thrash out a deal.
It is believed Blackburn are prepared to pay
compensation of around 350,000.
Gary Bowyer will be in charge tomorrow if Appleton has not been appointed in time.
A statement from Blackburn managing director Derek Shaw was released on the club's official website last night confirming their interest in the 37-year-old former Portsmouth boss, with a Blackpool statement acknowledging a 'formal approach' shortly afterwards.
Blackpool reportedly rejected Rovers' initial approach and when contacted Shaw said: 'We’re in discussion, if that can be adequate.'
In the market: Blackburn need a new boss after Henning Berg was sacked
When pressed on whether Blackpool did turn down Blackburn's offer last night he added: 'I wouldn’t like to comment
on that. If there’s anything later we’ll certainly let you know.'
Appleton left Portsmouth for Blackpool on November 7 following Ian Holloway’s departure to Crystal Palace.
Henning Berg was appointed Blackburn manager seven days after Appleton but a run of one win in 10 games, including a 2-0 defeat by Blackpool at Bloomfield Road in his penultimate match, saw the ex-Norway defender sacked after 57 days in charge.
Blackburn have won all three games since Berg was dismissed and last week issued a statement to confirm reserve team manager Bowyer and head of youth Terry McPhillips would remain in caretaker charge until the end of this month.
This would now appear unlikely in light of the Appleton approach and Bowyer is due to address the media this lunchtime.
Appleton has won two and drawn seven of his 11 Championship games in charge of Blackpool, who are 14th in the table and six points shy of the play-offs – one point and one place behind Blackburn.