MICHAEL Appleton says he left Blackpool for footballing reasons.
Much has been made of the 37-year-old quitting Bloomfield Road last week to take over at Lancashire rivals Blackburn.
While Pool chairman Karl Oyston said Appleton was tempted by a “lucrative financial package”, the former boss insists money never came into it.
Appleton said: “There’s been a lot said about why I left Blackpool. I’ve listened to people, read a lot of things and spoken to people in the game who have heard things said about me.
“But a chance came to manage an unbelievably good club and I just wanted to be part of it. It was purely a football decision.”
Appleton made history by becoming the shortest-serving Blackpool manager in history, lasting only 64 days.
Despite his stay being so short, he spoke in glowing terms about his time on the Fylde coast.
Appleton said: “I didn’t expect to be there for such a short time but you never know what’s around the corner in football.
“I appreciate everything Pool gave me. They brought me from Portsmouth and gave me a chance in the Championship.
“I had an honest and frank conversation with Karl Oyston, and we shook hands and said goodbye on good terms.
“Everything about my time at Blackpool was positive. The players responded well to me and my ideas.
“It was only 64 days, but it was a good 64 days.”
Prior to his departure, Appleton spoke of his frustrations over the pitch at Bloomfield Road and the lack of movement in the transfer market.
But he was quick to point out there was no fall out between him and chairman Oyston.
He revealed: “There was no fall-out at Blackpool, despite what people may have said. It was just about football.
“Blackburn is a club which has deep history and there’s a lot of quality in the side.
“The owners are very ambitious and want to get back to the Premier League.
“This is a Premier League club and the opportunity to come here was too good to turn down.
“There’s a demand at this club to get back to the Premier League.”
Blackpool continued their search for a new manager today, exactly a week after Appleton quit.
Approaches for Phil Parkinson, Peter Houston, Lee Clark and Karl Robinson have all come to nothing so far, while Sean O’Driscoll turned down Pool’s offer of the job.