Murphy's praise for Blackburn Rovers caretaker Bowyer
10:00am Saturday 12th January 2013 in Sport
DANNY Murphy heaped praise on Gary Bowyer after Blackburn Rovers’ caretaker boss came close to signing off with a 100 per cent record last night.
Rovers drew 1-1 at Wolves in Bowyer’s final game in charge of the first team before handing over to Michael Appeton, who was confirmed as the club’s new boss two hours before last night’s game.
Jordan Rhodes’ 26th-minute penalty put Rovers ahead at Molineux and looked set to give Bowyer four wins out of four as caretaker boss.
Rovers would have moved up to eighth in the Championship table with victory but instead sit 12th after Roger Johnson ghosted in unmarked to head an equaliser for Wolves with 16 minutes remaining.
Bowyer, who may now return to his previous role as reserve team boss, guided Rovers to wins over Barnsley and Nottingham Forest as well as a cup triumph against Bristol City.
Asked about Appleton’s appointment, Murphy said: “I don’t know much about him.
“Today’s about giving credit to Gary for the job he’s done in the last four games – three wins and a good draw tonight.
“I thought first half we did okay but Wolves came at us and deserved their point.
“It’s a bit crazy, it’s not ideal to have had five managers at this stage of the season.
“We’ll move on now and have the new manager in Monday, and see how next week goes.”