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Blackburn confirm appointment of Appleton from Blackpool

Blackburn Rovers have completed the signing of manager Michael Appleton from Blackpool.

The 37-year old has departed Bloomfield Road after just 11 matches in charge following his replacement of Ian Holloway and has signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Rovers.

"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," read a statement from Appleton.

"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."

The Ewood Park job is Appleton's third of the campaign after starting with Portsmouth prior to his Blackpool move.

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