The Football League Paper - - CHRIS DUNLAVY -

STO­RIES link­ing Bur­ton boss Gary Rowett to Black­pool clearly didn’t credit the for­mer Derby County man with much sense.

Yes, the Seasiders are a Cham­pi­onship club with a solid fan­base and over a cen­tury of rich his­tory. But in the here and now, they are a com­plete and ut­ter sham­bles.

An owner who re­fuses to pay agents and is de­spised by 100 per cent of fans, a squad thin­ner than Flat Stan­ley and a trans­fer pol­icy seem­ingly based on root­ing through refuse. Not to men­tion a thor­oughly un­sur­pris­ing record of six de­feats from six games.

If Rowett joined Black­pool, he’d be in League One next sea­son with all the same prob­lems – if he still had a job at all.

Yet as things stand, he works for one of the most sta­ble, sup­port­ive own­ers in the business in Ben Robin­son, has to­tal au­ton­omy over trans­fers and, with 16 points from a pos­si­ble 18, looks fair set to end up in League One any­way.

It would be crazy to give that up. After all, look at poor Mike Ap­ple­ton. Just a few years ago, the Ox­ford boss was one of the most sought-after young coaches in Eng­land.

Now, after trau­matic spells work­ing at crack­pot clubs like Portsmouth, Black­pool and Black­burn, he is strug­gling to re­vive a side at the bot­tom of League Two.

Ap­ple­ton is no less tal­ented than be­fore. But such is the rep­u­ta­tional dam­age wrought by a man­age­rial mis­step. And Black­pool is cer­tainly that.

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