Blackburn Rovers have made an approach to Blackpool for manager Michael Appleton.
Rovers have been without a manager since sacking Norwegian Henning Berg on December 27, just 57 days after taking over from the unpopular Steve Kean, and the club say that Appleton is the only man they have approached concerning the vacancy.
Following the dismissal of Berg, a Champions League winner with Manchester United, Kevin Blackwell was strongly linked with the post. However, Rovers have now officially made an approach for their ideal candidate.
Derek Shaw, the managing director of Blackburn, told the club's official website: "I can confirm that we have made an official approach to Blackpool FC about our interest in speaking to Michael Appleton. This is the only candidate we have approached for the manager's job."
Appleton began his managerial career with a brief stint in charge of West Brom, taking over control of the first-team following the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo in February 2011, drawing his only match 3-3 against West Ham.
Since then, the 37-year-old has managed Portsmouth, seeing the club relegated amid financial woes in 2012 before replacing Ian Holloway as Blackpool boss on November 7.