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In the Frame: Michael Appleton

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
Date:Sunday October 14 2012
Time: 9:26AM

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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
14/10/2012 09:31:00
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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
14/10/2012 09:31:00
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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
14/10/2012 09:54:00
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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
14/10/2012 09:54:00
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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
14/10/2012 09:56:00
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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
14/10/2012 09:56:00
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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
14/10/2012 12:04:00
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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
14/10/2012 12:04:00
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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
14/10/2012 13:54:00
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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
14/10/2012 13:54:00
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