CLUB SHOULD CHALLENGE
Blackburn's new manager Michael Appleton has said that he wants the club to challenge for a promotion spot come the end of the season, and he has identified a few January signings in order to help the club do so.
Blackburn managed to attract the services of the Blackpool manager Appleton in the middle of the campaign. He has said that he wants to bring in at least three players before the end of the January transfer window. Appleton's first match as Blackburn manager finished as a 1-1 draw at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion. The team will be making the trip to Derby County for the fourth round of the FA Cup during the weekend.
Even though the FA Cup is not the priority for Appleton and Blackburn, the manager will be hoping to get a good result in the match hoping that it will help improve the confidence of the team. Blackburn are expected to challenge for promotion spot at the start of the season, but the possibility of them finishing in the play-offs is the best that the team can hope that the moment. Appleton believes that Blackburn will be able to challenge for promotion spot if they bring in a few quality players before the transfer window shuts down.
"I've got the green light to pursue certain players. Whether they get over the line or not is another question. We'll be working our socks off to make sure it happens. We need three or four new faces to give everyone a lift. We've all been there, where you've played ever so well, not got that second goal and been punished. It feels like a defeat sometimes. We've also been on the other side of it at some point in our careers," said Appleton after the match.