Appleton sacking at Blackburn surprises Millwall manager

© Kieran Galvin
© Kieran Galvin

KENNY Jackett says he was surprised to learn that Michael Appleton had been sacked by Blackburn Rovers this week and admits even he fears about losing his job.

Jackett has been at the Lions helm for five-and-a-half years and is the sixth-longest serving manager in England but says he still worries about getting the axe despite his longevity.

But the 51-year-old attempts to banish such thoughts from his mind – because he believes they can manifest themselves in a manager's public demeanour.



"It does cross my mind – it does for every manager," Jackett told NewsAtDen. "In the end, you look at the industry you're in. But I'm experienced enough to put aside losing games and losing my job.

"If you worry about those things too much, it does creep into your manner with the players and the way you think. The key to it is breaking a season down into batches of games.

"I have done that differently during my career – it very much depends on the fixture list. This is quite a natural one where I can look from Leicester City to Derby County – and who knows beyond that.



"I can look at that period, write out an itinerary and get myself organised, focused and ready. That's important. That's what you end up putting all your focus into.

"Do those other worries creep in? Yes, of course. They are there but with time you learn to live with them and to realise that the only way you can affect things is by winning your next game.

"The industry is what it is and that's the life we choose."

Nevertheless, Jackett admitted Appleton's departure at Ewood Park, just 15 games and 67 days after his appointment, came out of the blue.

"I was very surprised," he said. "I don't know him that well but in the times we've met, he has come across as quite an impressive individual. He's well thought of inside of football.

"I have a lot of sympathy for him. I do not know the ins and outs of Blackburn, I only read bits in the newspapers like everyone else, but Blackburn are under a different sort of pressure to Millwall.

"We're trying to maintain our momentum after coming up from League One – we're one of the few teams in the Championship that hasn't been in the Premier League.

"Blackburn are coming from the other direction where they are coming down with a high wage bill and need to get back in. The new TV deal and parachute payments have crystallised it for everyone.

"I have never been in a situation where I've been relegated from the Premier League as a manager – only as an assistant at Watford. But the expectations go up once you've been in the top league."

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Alex Aldridge

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12 thoughts on “Appleton sacking at Blackburn surprises Millwall manager

  • March 22, 2013 at 13:25
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    Appleton falls must be all them poor excuses and negative comments he keeps dishing out, be able to hold hands with Pearson mabe they can get a market stall together , selling s*** to people, COYL another bites the dust

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  • March 22, 2013 at 13:26
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    Appleton falls must be all them poor excuses and negative comments he keeps dishing out, be able to hold hands with Pearson mabe they can get a market stall together , selling crap to people, COYL another bites the dust

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  • March 22, 2013 at 13:27
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    Appleton falls must be all them poor excuses and negative comments he keeps dishing out, be able to hold hands with Pearson mabe they can get a market stall together , selling rubbish to people, COYL another bites the dust

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  • March 22, 2013 at 13:50
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    Never rated the man, but come on, three managers in one season, they would be better off employing Dynamo if they really think that someone is going to work magic in a few weeks. Still, it shows what happens when you let people with a lot of money and no idea about the game buy a football club. Yes, it would be nice to have someone throw lots of money at Wall, but if this is the price you pay, then perhaps not.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 14:08
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    That's what happens when you work for a club which is owned by Chicken Farmers!

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    • March 22, 2013 at 14:23
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      A team that does cluck all.

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      • March 23, 2013 at 14:34
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        That's a very bad yolk.

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  • March 22, 2013 at 19:08
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    Next manager will be treading on egg shells.

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  • March 23, 2013 at 10:15
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    this is why the jackett out brigade should take note of what can happen. or maybe they should go and support blackburn cos you get lots of new managers there, but i see no improvement in results for all their changes.

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    • March 23, 2013 at 13:06
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      Thats the problem these days, with so much money in the game the owners do not have any patience and demand instant success.
      A manager needs time to build a side, even with the best players at their disposal it still takes time to gel the individual players into a successful side. Blackburn should know this from the time of Jack walker and Kenny Dalgleish.
      If Alex Ferguson had started with United this era and not when he did he would not have lasted the season with the results he was getting. United stuck with him and he has become the most successful club manager.
      That is the problem with all these non football orientated foreign owners and Sky and the greedy b******* in the premiership, F*** OFF and give us our game back.

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  • March 23, 2013 at 16:44
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    Couldn't of happened to a nicer bloke. I bet he's regretting shafting Blackpool now.

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  • March 23, 2013 at 18:29
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    These idiots think that they can buy a club from the championship and then magically transform them into the premiership with money. It doesn't always work like that. Cardiff have even had to change their colours. Given that Cardiff will probably make it into the promised land but for how long and how long will the manager be in situ? For the first 5 games ?
    Look at Southampton to see what can happen to a respected and competent manager.
    This money is ruining our game.

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