Last Updated: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:52
Blackpool have named Michael Appleton as their new manager after reaching an agreement for his release from Portsmouth.
Appleton moves to Bloomfield Road on a one-year rolling contract as successor to Ian Holloway, who ended a highly-successful three-and-a-half year stint with the Seasiders to join npower Championship counterparts Crystal Palace at the weekend.
Ashley Westwood also leaves Fratton Park to take up the role of first team coach alongside Appleton. Steve Thompson, who took caretaker charge in the two matches following Holloway's departure, stays on as assistant manager.
Appleton had his playing career cut short by a serious knee injury but has impressed in his first managerial role, earning plaudits in difficult circumstances at Portsmouth despite overseeing the financial stricken club's relegation to League One last season.
The 36-year-old former Manchester United youngster previously worked at West Brom as assistant under Chelsea boss Roberto Di Matteo and England manager Roy Hodgson.
Blackpool, who led the table in the opening weeks of the season, lie 12th in the Championship after earning a first win in six outings at Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night.
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