Last Updated: Wed, 07 Nov 2012 23:55
Michael Appleton has cited Blackpool's successful recent history as a key factor in his decision to become the npower Championship club's new manager.
Appleton's departure from Portsmouth to take the reins at Bloomfield Road was confirmed on Wednesday night, filling the breach left by Ian Holloway's surprise decision to join Crystal Palace.
Holloway led the Seasiders to the Barclays Premier League two seasons ago and West Ham denied them an instant return in the Championship play-off final last term.
"Getting the opportunity to come to a club that has had a lot of success over previous seasons is obviously a big part of wanting to be a part of it," Appleton told Blackpool's official website. "I met a few of the coaching staff a little bit earlier, we just had a bit of a chat and I got a feel for the place. I'm just desperate to meet the players now and crack on with the job."
And the 36-year-old assured fans that Blackpool's style of play is not set for any drastic overhaul.
He added: "As a new manager coming in you want to bring a few ideas to the new football club and the team but I think they've got to be small steps in doing that because if it's not broken then don't mend it, just tweak it a little bit."
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