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Michael Appleton spoke of his delight at becoming Blackburn’s new manager - just two months after he quit Pompey to take charge at Blackpool.

Appleton agreed terms on a two-and-a-half year deal yesterday after the Seasiders gave Championship rivals Rovers permission to speak to him.

The 37-year-old’s reign at Bloomfield Road lasted just 65 days, having left Pompey on November 7.

Former Blues coach Ashley Westwood will join Appleton at Ewood Park.

‘I am delighted to be joining such an historic club. This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I am excited about the challenge we have ahead of us,’ said Appleton.

‘I’d like to thank everyone at Blackpool for their efforts during my time there and the chairman for allowing me to come here. I wish them all the best for the future.’

Appleton was a popular figure with most Pompey fans during his short time as Blues boss but many were disappointed about the manner of the 37-year-old’s exit after he joined Blackpool, less than a day after insisting he had had no contact with the Seasiders.

The former West Brom coach missed Blackpool training on Thursday after hearing of Blackburn’s move to make him their new manager.