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In the Frame: Michael Appleton

Who will be the new manager following the departure of Eddie Howe back to his former club, AFC Bournemouth last Friday? We have already discussed the controversial prospect of former gaffer Owen Coyle returning to Turf Moor so we now look at another early favourite, Portsmouth manager, Michael Appleton.

Appleton now appears to be one of bookies' firm favourites with odds yesterday having dropped from 6/1 earlier in the day to 11/4.

If Appleton is on the club's radar they could face still opposition from Bolton Wanderers who are also in the market for a new manager following the sacking of former Burnley boss, Owen Coyle just a few days before Howe left.

The 36 year old was keen to play down links to either club telling the press:

"I have not spoken to anyone from Bolton and I haven`t talked to Burnley, either,

"It is nice to be linked because it means you are doing something right."

It is possible though that he could be attracted by either club if he is interested in making a return to the North West. The former Preston and West Brom midfielder was born in Salford and could be tempted to return to his roots.

Appleton's first move into management was as first-team coach at West Brom following his appointment to the position in June 2009. After the Baggies board sacked Roberto Di Matteo and placed him on gardening leave in February 2011, Appleton became caretaker manager.

In November 2011, financially stricken club Portsmouth announced that Appleton was now their new manager after agreeing a three-and-a-half year contract. It was simply a baptism of fire at the club but one in which he hit the ground running and received a lot of praise for his efforts. Despite being at the helm when Pompey suffered their second administration and subsequently being unable to prevent Portsmouth's relegation into the third tier of league football at the end of the 2011-12 season, Appleton rose to the challenge earning the respect of the fanbase for being open and honest about the club's predicament.

I many ways, Appleton could be the ideal candidate if the main criteria is to recruit a manager who is used to working with mimimum resources and a small budget. Compared to Portsmouth, Burnley's finances could seem like luxury to Appleton! He could be a risk though considering he has been unable to demonstrate any success to date and indeed albeit under somewhat very difficult circumstances could not prevent Portsmouth being relegated to League One.

He does though have Championship experience at least so in that sense with better players and less financial pressure could be the right man to motivate the team and get them motoring up the league.

What do you think about Appleton potentially being our new manager? Let us know beneath this article.

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Writer: turfmanphil Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday October 14 2012

Time: 9:26AM

Your Comments

So would you be Appy with this appointment? (see what I did there? lol) Although I would prefer someone with proven success at Championship level (McCarthy/Coyle etc), Appleton would be my next choice and would certainly be preferable to someone with only lower league experience (too risky at moment)
turfmanphil
So would you be Appy with this appointment? (see what I did there? lol) Although I would prefer someone with proven success at Championship level (McCarthy/Coyle etc), Appleton would be my next choice and would certainly be preferable to someone with only lower league experience (too risky at moment)
turfmanphil
I think you have some good players there at the moment and Appleton likes the teams to play proper football so he would probably be a good fit and be back to his roots with far less hassle with regards to moulding a team. But us Pompey fans in the main would be very very disappointed to see him go.
Pompeyweller
I think you have some good players there at the moment and Appleton likes the teams to play proper football so he would probably be a good fit and be back to his roots with far less hassle with regards to moulding a team. But us Pompey fans in the main would be very very disappointed to see him go.
Pompeyweller
What Appleton has done with Pompey this season is amazing and may be enough to offset the points deduction that's due to happen when and if they ever get out of this latest financial mess. Anyway, whether it's him or someone else, I want someone who can talk like Buck Showalter, manager of Lee Hoos's hometown baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles. Notice how he talks about the players rather than himself. "They are a special group," said Showalter, whose team went 93-69, after going 69-93 the year before he was appointed, and won the AL Wild Card game over Texas and two of five ALDS contests against NYNY in its first season over .500 since 1997. "It's been about as much fun as I have had in the big leagues, watching how they play the game every day, the standard they held themselves to and the way they raised the bar in Baltimore with each other. It was about them. They cared about pleasing their teammates and playing to a certain standard." And he did that without a big surge in investment. All of which will doubtless be on our CEO's mind. Anyway back to Appleton, look at what happened to Chelski when they appointed his former boss who had been sacked as a PL failure and had no Champs League experience. It seems to suggest that past performance, as in stocks and shares, is not a good predictor of future success.
Couch Potato
What Appleton has done with Pompey this season is amazing and may be enough to offset the points deduction that's due to happen when and if they ever get out of this latest financial mess. Anyway, whether it's him or someone else, I want someone who can talk like Buck Showalter, manager of Lee Hoos's hometown baseball team, the Baltimore Orioles. Notice how he talks about the players rather than himself. "They are a special group," said Showalter, whose team went 93-69, after going 69-93 the year before he was appointed, and won the AL Wild Card game over Texas and two of five ALDS contests against NYNY in its first season over .500 since 1997. "It's been about as much fun as I have had in the big leagues, watching how they play the game every day, the standard they held themselves to and the way they raised the bar in Baltimore with each other. It was about them. They cared about pleasing their teammates and playing to a certain standard." And he did that without a big surge in investment. All of which will doubtless be on our CEO's mind. Anyway back to Appleton, look at what happened to Chelski when they appointed his former boss who had been sacked as a PL failure and had no Champs League experience. It seems to suggest that past performance, as in stocks and shares, is not a good predictor of future success.
Couch Potato
did anyone watch the football league show last nite...it said that eddie howes wife talked that mitchelle fella into offering howe a life line... i know he states family first but its a smoke screen to save his face..6 wins in 30 games,inconsisant football,the board selling again,pleading poverty its all to familiar...as for appleton i just dont know
jasper76
did anyone watch the football league show last nite...it said that eddie howes wife talked that mitchelle fella into offering howe a life line... i know he states family first but its a smoke screen to save his face..6 wins in 30 games,inconsisant football,the board selling again,pleading poverty its all to familiar...as for appleton i just dont know
jasper76
Can't understand why you Dingles are not clamouring for S Kean as manager. You couldn't praise him enough for the last twelve months. I think he would be a good choice for you lot, I mean he says the right things and delivers nothing, something you are used to. Give me six!
Ewoodrover
Can't understand why you Dingles are not clamouring for S Kean as manager. You couldn't praise him enough for the last twelve months. I think he would be a good choice for you lot, I mean he says the right things and delivers nothing, something you are used to. Give me six!
Ewoodrover
Kean is back in surgery having a face change so he can become next Rovers manager without being recognised by Rovers fans..yes he's coming back as Steve Kean! Agent Kean rocks!!
turfmanphil
Kean is back in surgery having a face change so he can become next Rovers manager without being recognised by Rovers fans..yes he's coming back as Steve Kean! Agent Kean rocks!!
turfmanphil
I see no one else in a Rush to join Rovers. Why would they when the Burnley job is up for Grabs.
grimsby claret
I see no one else in a Rush to join Rovers. Why would they when the Burnley job is up for Grabs.
grimsby claret
Asked if all the managerial talk had been a distraction, Appleton said: "I can't control what other people around me think - how the fans and players react to it. But I've got a tough enough job here to start worrying about other jobs." Appleton said it was always going to take time for his makeshift side to hit form after signing players on loans and month-long deals to keep his cash-strapped side competitive. He said: "I'm happy. I said when people were getting excited after a couple of games that it might take until November to see the best of this team. We've got so much work to do and the players are nowhere near at their best at the minute."
turfmanphil
Asked if all the managerial talk had been a distraction, Appleton said: "I can't control what other people around me think - how the fans and players react to it. But I've got a tough enough job here to start worrying about other jobs." Appleton said it was always going to take time for his makeshift side to hit form after signing players on loans and month-long deals to keep his cash-strapped side competitive. He said: "I'm happy. I said when people were getting excited after a couple of games that it might take until November to see the best of this team. We've got so much work to do and the players are nowhere near at their best at the minute."
turfmanphil
There could be worse decisions made than to take Coyle back.. Brian Laws
claretmod
There could be worse decisions made than to take Coyle back.. Brian Laws
claretmod
Agreed CM and welcome to VB mate!!
turfmanphil
Agreed CM and welcome to VB mate!!
turfmanphil
Well Appleton is now the new favourite with the bookies overtaking Coyle.
8clarets8
Well Appleton is now the new favourite with the bookies overtaking Coyle.
8clarets8
So that still makes Coyle second favourite? Still amazing considering
turfmanphil
So that still makes Coyle second favourite? Still amazing considering
turfmanphil
Laws or Coyle back now thats a tough choice
grimsby claret
Laws or Coyle back now thats a tough choice
grimsby claret
You forgot Cotts!!
turfmanphil
You forgot Cotts!!
turfmanphil
Chickenhouse Rovers could do with a Cock, they deserve a Dickhead,who else would want to manage them.
cornwallclaret
Chickenhouse Rovers could do with a Cock, they deserve a Dickhead,who else would want to manage them.
cornwallclaret
Please lets look at Appleton not Owen coyle
Albmaleaf claret
Please lets look at Appleton not Owen coyle
Albmaleaf claret
ewoodrover l,ll give you six...six reasons why no one wants the job at your place 1. your pooh 2. your really pooh 3. you cant polish a turd 4. shebby singh 5. the chicken they sell is fowl 6. david "two left feet" dunn ohh did i mention your rubbish
jasper76
ewoodrover l,ll give you six...six reasons why no one wants the job at your place 1. your pooh 2. your really pooh 3. you cant polish a turd 4. shebby singh 5. the chicken they sell is fowl 6. david "two left feet" dunn ohh did i mention your rubbish
jasper76
Leading contender for the Bolton job too. Thought that one was a shoo-in for Mick McCarthy. It seems everyone is thinking 'bright young thing' these days. Would seem more to present more of a risk to Bolton than us if they are hell bent on promotion this year.
cubanclaret
Leading contender for the Bolton job too. Thought that one was a shoo-in for Mick McCarthy. It seems everyone is thinking 'bright young thing' these days. Would seem more to present more of a risk to Bolton than us if they are hell bent on promotion this year.
cubanclaret
I think Jasper is an anagram of japers and you are a fairly ordinary one at that. Cotts got a mention too - good - his performance in front of the Bob Lord stand used to be world class. I'd have him back just for that. BUT TMP you are starting to get through to me! I briefly found myself thinking about the Noblot reject and considering the idea. BLOODY HELL.!
AndyHo
I think Jasper is an anagram of japers and you are a fairly ordinary one at that. Cotts got a mention too - good - his performance in front of the Bob Lord stand used to be world class. I'd have him back just for that. BUT TMP you are starting to get through to me! I briefly found myself thinking about the Noblot reject and considering the idea. BLOODY HELL.!
AndyHo
All football fans are fickle, i seem to remember Bournemouth fans slating Howe for leaving and now they love him again. I was gutted when Coyle left but if he comes back and delivers then i would forgive him, at the end of the day the club is more important than any one man. How about Ronnie Moore? Doing wonders at Tranmere on a shoestring ( my mrs will kill me for suggesting him!! ) , my prefered choice would be Di Canio, full of passion and not scared to give an arse kicking!
Nblood77
All football fans are fickle, i seem to remember Bournemouth fans slating Howe for leaving and now they love him again. I was gutted when Coyle left but if he comes back and delivers then i would forgive him, at the end of the day the club is more important than any one man. How about Ronnie Moore? Doing wonders at Tranmere on a shoestring ( my mrs will kill me for suggesting him!! ) , my prefered choice would be Di Canio, full of passion and not scared to give an arse kicking!
Nblood77
No thanks! I would be really disappointed if Appleton gets the job. Im sorry, I know he's had a really tough job at Pompy with the circumstances, but he just hasnt proven himself in any way at this level. Not for me at all.
AdamBurnleyFan
No thanks! I would be really disappointed if Appleton gets the job. Im sorry, I know he's had a really tough job at Pompy with the circumstances, but he just hasnt proven himself in any way at this level. Not for me at all.
AdamBurnleyFan
I sort of agree with you Nblood, I am a fickle fan but Coyle left and sentenced our club to relegation, he decided to leave and deliver that sentence on us. Yes I am fickle but Coyle is a no no, I hate the mans integrity, I would cheer Steve Keane and that tells me something, it took ages to accept Keith Newton! I remember my dad, uncle and grandad who used to take me on warning me that Newton was an ex Barsteward and so the jury was out! Happy days......nurse my walking stick, I am off down memory lane.....
VinRogue
I sort of agree with you Nblood, I am a fickle fan but Coyle left and sentenced our club to relegation, he decided to leave and deliver that sentence on us. Yes I am fickle but Coyle is a no no, I hate the mans integrity, I would cheer Steve Keane and that tells me something, it took ages to accept Keith Newton! I remember my dad, uncle and grandad who used to take me on warning me that Newton was an ex Barsteward and so the jury was out! Happy days......nurse my walking stick, I am off down memory lane.....
VinRogue
P.S. Keith Newton provided one of the funniest moments I have ever seen, when the turf was awash, he attempted a sliding tackle, missed player and ball slid probably 12 yards ending up on his stomach, looked up at us on the longside and with him covered in mud he simulated swimming and smiled as we all laughed.....very happy days......nurse....my writing pad
VinRogue
P.S. Keith Newton provided one of the funniest moments I have ever seen, when the turf was awash, he attempted a sliding tackle, missed player and ball slid probably 12 yards ending up on his stomach, looked up at us on the longside and with him covered in mud he simulated swimming and smiled as we all laughed.....very happy days......nurse....my writing pad
VinRogue
 

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