Appleton beats Carr to shortest serving boss

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MICHAEL Appleton is by some way the shortest-serving manager, excluding caretakers, in the history of Blackpool FC.

Counting November 8 as his first day in the job (he was appointed the previous evening), yesterday was only Appleton’s 64th in charge.

The previous shortest reign was that of Graham Carr, who lasted 173 days in 1990.

Other Pool bosses who failed to complete 12 months in the job were Sydney Beaumont (1927-28), Stan Ternent (1979-80) and Gary Megson (1996-97).

Unsurprisingly, Appleton also presided over the fewest matches of any Pool boss (12) and achieved the fewest wins (two).

Carr, whose tenure included much of the 1990 close-season, managed only seven more matches but achieved six victories.