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Nuno Henrique - 'Appleton was destroying Blackburn'

Portuguese defender Nuno Henrique has backed the decision of the Venkys to axe the now former Blackburn Rovers manager.

Owners of Blackburn Rovers, the Venkys, have taken a huge amount of criticism in the wake of their decision to sack their third permanent manager of the season.

Michael Appleton did not even last three months at the club, but presided over a run of seven league games without a win, as well as an FA Cup quarter-final loss to Millwall.

With Rovers sitting just four points off the relegation zone, there are those who however agree with the decision to get rid of Appleton, and one of those is defender Nuno Henrique.

Henrique, who signed last summer, has been speaking in his homeland about the dismissal, with newspaper A Bola carrying his words.

He said: "I am happy at a club that offers me all the conditions, so I want to stay at Blackburn many years.

"Sacking the coach was the best decision of the director, as (he) was committing many mistakes, was destroying the team.

"From the moment he got on the team, we lost our usual play and tactics. Under his guidance, the teams we faced at home were able to win, while we could not turn our game."

Henrique also went onto criticise Appleton for pushing away Ruben Rochina and Diego Rosado, who he felt were good talents for Rovers to exploit but were permitted to leave the club in January.

The 26-year-old also praised caretaker manager Gary Bowyer, adding that when the 41-year-old was in charge at the turn of the year, Rovers still had a chance of the play-offs despite Henning Berg's poor record previous, acknowledging they now have a relegation fight on their hands.

His words certainly present a new take on the decision. While the Venky's hire-and-fire regime is clearly not working, perhaps the decision to appoint the inexperienced Appleton in the first place was the biggest mistake they made all season.

From the sounds of it, Nuno Henrique would certainly agree.

What do you think of his comments?

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