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Appleton: No contact from Blackpool

7 November 2012

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton says he has not yet been granted permission to speak to Blackpool about their vacant managerial position after watching his side go down 1-0 at home to Brentford.

Appleton is the bookies' favourite to take over from Ian Holloway as Seasiders boss, with the club reportedly planning to unveil their new manager on Wednesday morning. But the former West Brom coach, whose side suffered a fourth straight defeat courtesy of a Clayton Donaldson header after nine minutes, says he is yet to hear official word of an approach.

Asked if he had been offered he role, he said: "I've not heard anything from anyone at the football club (Portsmouth), so until I'm told any differently, I'm going to do what I've got to do."

He added: "Obviously I need to have a conversation with (Portsmouth administrator) Trevor (Birch), but I haven't had that conversation with him. If it is true, obviously I'm not aware of it.

"I'm sure a conversation will take place between me and Trevor as it always does after every game. If there is any information to be told, I'm sure he will tell me."

Asked if he would be interested in the role if an offer was made, he said: "There is no point me answering a hypothetic question. It hasn't happened. As soon as I start taking my eye off the ball, it's not fair on the players."

Meanwhile, Brentford boss Uwe Rosler paid tribute to his side for their controlled and disciplined performance at Fratton Park.

He said: "In the last 10 minutes with five minutes of injury time, we never looked like we panicked. We tried to press them high up - that was the plan.

"We tried to keep them away from our goal and it was magnificent. The players dug in big time. We kept very good possession in the last five minutes."

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