Blackburn Rovers had a Transfer Deadline day to forget as they failed to submit the paperwork for DJ Campbell and Jerome Thomas to the FA in time.
The pair looked certain to sign for the East Lancashire outfit but moments after the window slammed shut, much to the annoyance of the Ewood Park faithful, the disappointing news was revealed.
The day started brightly for Rovers as Appleton went about trimming the wage bill firstly releasing Simon Vukcevic and then allowing the inconsistent Ruben Rochina to return to Spain as part of a loan move to Real Zaragoza. Youngsters Jordan Slew, Diogo Rosado and Micah Evans also found themselves departing Ewood Park, as Appleton wasted no time stripping the squad of any deadwood.
Sought after Martin Olsson will remain at the club as West Ham failed to meet Blackburn’s valuation of the Swedish left back. The same team failed to capture the signature of Paul Robinson who has found himself out of favour at Ewood Park with Jake Kean cementing his place between the posts. The former England number one will now be left to fight for his position, much to his disappointment. Appleton and co will also be disappointed not to get rid of the fans favourite who is undoubtedly a heavy burden on the Rovers wage bill.
Gael Givet, another high earner, failed to finalise a move back to France. But with Rovers failing to add an additional centre half to their squad his stay could be a blessing in disguise for Appleton who only has three recognised central defenders at his disposal.
Anton Forrester swapped Merseyside for Lancashire as the youngster joined Rovers on a free transfer but Appleton failed to add any recognised players to his squad despite his attempts.
The former Blackpool and Portsmouth manager has effectively restructured his Rovers back room staff and the club looked to be heading in the right direction after a turbulent six months. But last nights farcical has again highlighted Blackburn’s problems stretch further than the pitch and they need to be ironed out sooner rather than later.
However hope is not lost as Appleton aims to rectify the mistakes of Deadline day by signing Campbell and Thomas on loan once the emergency loan window opens on Thursday.