Blackburn Rovers manager Michael Appleton has been sacked after only 67 days in charge of the English Championship side. The thirty-seven-year-old took over as Blackburn manger in January after a short spell with Blackpool, and despite winning four of his first seven games in charge, the Englishman has been sacked following a poor run of form. Appleton’s assistant manager Ashley Westwood, the first team coach Darren Moore, and the head of senior recruitment Luke Dowling have also been sacked, and reserve team manger Gary Bowyer has been put in charge until the end of the season.
“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,” a club statement read.
Blackburn are without a win in their last eight games, and their last win was a 1-0 victory over Arsenal in the FA Cup Fifth Round. Appleton won four, drew five and lost six games in all competitions out of his short fifteen match spell in charge and leaves Blackburn in eighteenth place in the English Championship.
Venky’s, Blackburn’s owners, will be looking for their sixth manager this season, with Appleton, Gary Bowyer, Henning Berg, Eric Black and Steve Kean all plying their trade at Ewood Park.
It’s a shocker here at the Emirates, with Blackburn knocking Arsenal out of the FA Cup in the Fifth Round with Blackburn being the first side in thirty-four matches to beat Arsenal at home in the Cup. The game started heavily in Arsenal’s favor, and their first big chance coming in the twenty-fourth minute when a Tomas Rosicky corner found the head of Abou Diaby, but the midfielders glancing header was magnificently tipped wide by Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean. Arsenal kept on creating chances, and in the twenty-ninth minute, Tomas Vermaelen latched on to another Rosicky corner, and his header forced Kean to tip it wide. Arsenal really should have been in front in the forty-third though, when Rosicky slid a perfectly timed through ball to an onside Gervinho, but Gervinho horridly pulled his shot past an oncoming Kean, but wide. The second half started more open, and both sides tested the opposing goalkeepers, but nothing came out of the chances, and Arsenal settled back in to the game and stared dominating again. Arsenal could not find the net though, and desperately needed somebody unlock the Blackburn defense and reach the back of Kean’s net. That chance almost came for Arsenal in the sixty-seventh minute, but Rosicky’s shot from just outside the box hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced out. Arsenal got paid for not finishing their collection of chances in the seventy-second minute, when for the first time in the game Blackburn left-back Martin Olsson got forward down the left. His shot from the edge of the Arsenal box was parried by Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, and fell to Blackburn forward Colin Kazim-Richards, who scuffed his half-volley, but it bounce of the ground, off the post, and into the back of the net anyway. Amazingly Blackburn were winning. For the rest of the match, Blackburn predictably sat back and defended, and Arsenal’s biggest chance was a Theo Walcott header that was straight at Kean. But Blackburn held on to the lead, and finally won after four minutes of added time.
Man of the Match: Tomas Rosicky
This FA Cup Fifth Round match has so far been a good one, with Blackburn Rovers playing Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal started the match on top, but they had to wait for a good chance to come, and the first one came in the twenty-fourth minute, when a Tomas Rosicky corner found an open Abou Diaby, who’s glancing header wad magnificently tipped wide by Blackburn goalkeeper Jake Kean. Their next chance again came off a Tomas Rosicky corner, and it found the head of Tomas Vermaelen, and his looping header forced Kean to tip it wide. Arsenal really should have gone ahead in the forty-third minute though, when Rosicky slide a perfectly timed ball through to Gervinho, who horrendously put his shot wide of the post, even though Kean did charge. The last chance of the half was again an Arsenal shot, but Arteta’s dipping free-kick was easily saved by Kean. Whatever the score, the match is sure to be a good one, so look out for my full time review of it right here on Football Every Day!
This FA Cup Fifth Round match is going to bee a good one, with Arsenal looking to progress and win their first trophy since 2005. Arsene Wenger will be looking to win his first trophy in all competitions since their FA Cup win in the 2004/2005 season, and they will be looking to progress in this year cup with a win against English Championship side Blackburn Rovers. The last time these to teams met was in September of 2011, with Blackburn winning 4-3 in a thrilling match at Ewood Park. Blackburn will be hoping to reverse their below average form in this match, and advance to the quarterfinals and beat Arsenal for the second time in a row. Whoever wins though, the match will be an exciting one, so look out for my halftime and full time review of it, right here on Football Every Day!