Appleton in at Pompey

10 November 2011 01:22
Portsmouth have today confirmed that West Bromwich Albion coach, and former Manchester United and Preston North End player, Michael Appleton has been appointed as manager to replace Steve Cotterill who moved to Nottingham Forest.

Appleton has been given a contract until the end of the 2014/15 season and, according to Pompey, has won the job ahead of other outstanding candidates that did appear to include Clarets' boss Eddie Howe.

Having had to retire as a player prematurely in 2003, he joined the coaching staff at West Brom and became assistant to both Roberto Di Matteo and more recently Roy Hodgson. This will be his first management role other than a short spell in caretaker charge at the Hawthorns.


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