Blackburn have moved a step closer to naming their third manager this season after Blackpool gave them permission to open talks with Michael Appleton.
Rovers made an official approach to their npower Championship counterparts last night and former Portsmouth boss Appleton, who only took the reins at Bloomfield Road on November 7, now appears set to succeed Henning Berg at Ewood Park.
– Statement on Blackpool's official website, www.blackpoolfc.co.uk
"Blackpool FC can confirm that, following discussions with Blackburn Rovers and Michael Appleton, permission has been granted for the manager and Ashley Westwood to discuss personal terms with the club."
Blackpool first-team coach Ashley Westwood will also discuss terms with Rovers.