‘In talks’ The latest on key West Brom man’s potential Hawthorns exit
Michael Appleton is in pole position to take over at League One side Lincoln City, according to reports.
Appleton was only confirmed as West Bromwich Albion’s U23 coach earlier this summer as part of the club’s recruitment process in the development squads.
However, our sister title LincolnshireLive have suggested that the 43-year-old is keen for a return to senior management and could replace the Cowleys at Sincil Bank.
Sky Sports claimed yesterday that Appleton was in attendance as Lincoln fought to a 1-1 draw with Rochdale, although his motives were not clear with Albion youngster Max Melbourne an unused sub for the Imps.
It is reported that the ex-Oxford United boss has held talks with Lincoln bosses, along with Michael Flynn and Gareth Ainsworth, although no contract offers have yet been submitted.
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Appleton is the overwhelming favourite with the bookies, with some firms no longer taking bets on the Baggies coach. It is believed that Lincoln are keen to make an appointment quickly and could have a new boss confirmed for Saturday’s game with his old club Oxford.
His departure would come as a blow for Albion, who have spent a lot of the summer recruiting a new team to work with the club’s talented youngsters. Earlier this week, Luke Dowling had claimed Richard Stevens appointment as Academy manager marked their work as complete.
“Richard’s arrival completes the recruitment we have undertaken at academy level.
“I’m delighted with the appointments we have made and believe we have added some tremendous experience as well as coaching expertise.
“Our academy deserves its enviable reputation but I know Richard and the guys around him will all want to do even better in the years ahead. It remains a vital area of the club’s operations.
“The journey from young player of potential to first-team regular remains the key feature of development and we now have a core of staff in key positions who understand that process.”