Championship news

Appleton denies Venky's agent link

January 18, 2013
By Richard Jolly

Blackburn Rovers' new manager Michael Appleton has denied he is represented by the agent Jerome Anderson, who is linked to club owners Venky's.

Michael Appleton
PA PhotosMichael Appleton has been handed transfer control at Ewood Park

Anderson advised Venky's when they bought Rovers in 2010, while former manager Steve Kean was also a client of his.

And when Blackburn moved for Appleton from Championship rivals Blackpool, rumours emerged that Appleton had signed up with Anderson.

However, the former Portsmouth manager has brushed suggestions aside of a link with the agent, claiming he does not even have a representative.

"For a start I've never met Jerome in my life, secondly I haven't got an agent," he said. "Once the conversation took place between Derek [Shaw, Blackburn's managing director] and Karl [Oyston, Blackpool chairman] and there was an indication that I was allowed to speak to Blackburn, from my point of view, it's a lot cheaper not to have an agent and I learned that very quickly as a player. It was just a matter of turning up with a lawyer to make sure the contracts were done properly and it saved me a few quid."

Despite previous Rovers manager Henning Berg only being given ten games before facing the sack, Appleton said he expects to be at Ewood Park next season even if the club, currently 13th in the Championship, fail to win promotion.

"I certainly hope so. There's been no indication that if that didn't happen things would be any different," he said. "I'm quite relaxed about that and I have no issues about that. It's obviously a short period of time. It's 20 games [to go]. It's doable, but it's certainly going to be one hell of a challenge and we've got to hit the ground running for that to happen."

During his time at the club, former manager Kean used to go to India - where Venky's is based - once a month to meet with the owners, but Appleton believes he will not be required to jet-set across the world quite so often.

"It is important that you stay in contact with your owners, even though they are on the other side of the world," he said. "Whether going over once a month is necessary, I am not too sure. If it means me going over three or four times a year to give them an update of what is happening and how the club is running from an operational point of view, I have no issues with that."