Ewood Park

Next Game

Blackburn v Wolves

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Appleton exit shocks Phillips

Kevin Phillips admits Michael Appleton's impending departure came as a "big surprise" to the Blackpool players, but the veteran striker has not ruled out replacing the Blackburn-bound manager.

Last Updated: 11/01/13 at 11:02 Post Comment

Kevin Phillips: Admits Michael Appleton's exit surprised the Blackpool playe

Kevin Phillips: Admits Michael Appleton's exit surprised the Blackpool playe

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Appleton was given permission by Blackpool to speak to Rovers on Thursday about the possibility of replacing Henning Berg, who was sacked a fortnight ago after just 10 games in charge.

Former Portsmouth boss Appleton has himself only been in the Blackpool hotseat for two months, having arrived at Bloomfield Road in November to take over from Ian Holloway.

With Blackburn set to confirm Appleton as their new boss before Friday night's Championship trip to Wolves, Phillips admitted the prospect of working under another new manager came as a shock to him and his Blackpool team-mates.

The forward told the Football League Hour on Sky Sports News Radio: "It is a big surprise to the players. When we reported for training on Tuesday, the manager wasn't in, which raised a few eyebrows amongst the lads because he hasn't missed a single day since he has been here.

"It (Blackburn's approach) broke on Sky Sports on Wednesday night and then Thursday, he wasn't at training and we heard he could be on his way to Ewood Park, which came as a big surprise and a shock to everyone."

Phillips, who will be 40 in the summer, admitted he wants to stay in the game when he retires and refused to rule out the possibility of taking charge at Blackpool.

He said: "I would certainly look at it.

"Whether it would be as a player-coach, I don't know. I want to stay in the game, so if it was presented to me, I'd certainly look at it and give it my full attention."

Whoever takes charge, one of the new manager's first tasks may be to address the future of winger Thomas Ince, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool this month.

Phillips, though, believes the 20-year-old should remain at Bloomfield Road at least until the end of the season.

"I'd like to see him stay and continue to learn his trade because I think it will benefit him in the long run," said Phillips. "He still has a lot to improve upon and learn.

"Last Saturday's game (at Fulham in the FA Cup) was a good test against Premier League opposition and I think he found it a little bit more difficult than he thought it would be.

"Another six months certainly would not do him any harm. If he finishes the season as strongly as he started it, then he will certainly get get his move in the summer."

Listen to Sky Sports News Radio's Football League Hour here, with Mikey Burrows and Dean Windass joined by Phillips, new Plymouth boss John Sheridan, MK Dons captain Dean Lewington and Doncaster new boy Lee Fowler.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's a bloody good goal, though. Sh!t, the kid's gonna be the worlds best before we know it, isn't he? He's got the touch of genius in him. Like Neymar, but with muscles and stuff. He's doing a Ronaldo as we watch. He's bulked up to be able to ride the tackles, but he's improved technically as well. His touch is sublime. Bugger.

HarryBoulton
WATCH: Hazard's stunning goal

A

hhh, Jose arguing with another managers wife, clearest sign yet that we are going mental during the close season. I am rocking back and forth on my haunches.

hump3.
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

I

t's only a matter of time before one of them throws in a yo mamma

lee
Jose hits back at Rafa's wife

Footer 365

Chelsea fail with £25m bid for Everton's John Stones

Everton have rejected an improved bid of £25m from Chelsea for centre-half John Stones, according to Sky sources.

Jose: 'Cabaye move makes PL harder'

Jose Mourinho claims the transfer of players like Yohan Cabaye to mid-table clubs makes the PL "very, very hard" to win.

Real reopen talks over £28m De Gea deal

Real Madrid have reportedly reopened negotiations with Manchester United over David de Gea and may complete a deal in the coming days.

Mail Box

Mails: This Is My Perfect Moment

Lots of Mailboxers channel their inner Martine McCutcheon to bring you their perfect footballing moments. Plus thoughts on Blatter, names, and Chelsea worries...

Mails: Let's Talk About Jose's Failures...

We don't talk about them because Chelsea won the title...but imagine if LVG or Brendan Rodgers had signed Juan Cuadrado. Plus, a trawl through the squads...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company