This is how West Brom have reacted to Michael Appleton’s swift Baggies exit
West Bromwich Albion have expressed their disappointment at losing Michael Appleton so quickly – and pledged to appoint a replacement quickly.
Appleton was appointed as manager of League One side Lincoln City on Friday having only returned The Hawthorns at the end of last season to assist Jimmy Shan for the run-in.
He was kept on as Under-23s coach with the Baggies for this term but has now put pen to paper on a three-year deal with the Imps.
Albion’s sporting and technical director Luke Dowling said: “We are obviously disappointed to be losing a coach of Michael’s calibre so soon after his appointment and having discussed at length our plans for the development of our young players in the future.
“But he felt he could not refuse the opportunity to return to League management and we reluctantly accept that. We shall be looking to announce a replacement as quickly as possible.”
Appleton hasn’t held a full managerial role for over two years but has plenty of experience having also spent time in charge of Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United.
The 45-year-old has also been caretaker and assistant boss at Albion, back in 2011, and at Leicester City in 2017.
Lincoln wasted little time in appointing Appleton after losing Danny Cowley to Championship side Huddersfield Town 11 days ago.
Deon Burton has been Appleton’s assistant coach at West Brom.