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Blackburn Fires Appleton After Two Months in Charge of Club

Blackburn Rovers, which were relegated from English soccer’s Premier League last season, fired coach Michael Appleton after 67 days in charge.

The 37-year-old left Blackpool to join Rovers on January 11, and was dismissed today along with assistant manager Ashley Westwood, first team coach Darren Moore and recruiter Luke Dowling, the Championship side said today on its website.

Blackburn is in 18th place in the Championship, behind Blackpool although it’s played one fewer match. The team last won Feb. 9, and since has lost four and drawn three.

Appleton replaced Henning Berg, who was fired Dec. 27 after 57 days as manager. Steve Kean, who was coach for two seasons, left in September.

Appleton, a former West Brom player, started the season at Portsmouth, and then left for Blackpool, where he was coach for 65 days.

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