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In opposition: Lincoln City - what they're saying

19 November 2021

Well known for his playing career with both Preston North End and West Bromwich Albion, Michael Appleton was named manager of Lincoln City Football Club on 23 September 2019.

Having begun his senior career at Manchester United, the Salford-born Appleton made a name for himself at Preston North End, where he was capped more than 100 times before a move to the Midlands and a two-year spell with the Baggies of West Bromwich Albion. However, Appleton would soon move into the coaching ranks after an injury cut short his playing career.

In his managerial roles, he has managed the Baggies in 2011, before later serving in a managerial role at Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers and Oxford United. In 2017, he took an assistant role at Leicester City under manager Craig Shakespeare. However, just four months later, Appleton would serve two games as Leicester’s caretaker manager following the dismissal of Shakespeare. Appleton would depart from the club at the end of the season. In February 2021, Appleton signed a new four-year deal to stay at the LNER Stadium as manager of the Imps.

 

Manager Michael Appleton... 

On the injuries to Adam Jackson and Joe Walsh:

“By the time the Doncaster [Rovers] game comes around, he should be fine. He’s halfway through his [concussion] protocol.

“It might be a while before we see Joe again.”

 

On assessing the previous league game with Shrewsbury:

“I think it was a [fair result]. We had good spells in the game, but not enough. We made the keeper work a little bit more in the second half than we did in the first half.

 

“We fell short a little bit. We almost caused our own problems by not winning the first ball. I do think a big part of that was losing [Adam] Jackson. We knew what to expect. So, to lose that aerial dominance, our best header of the ball, as early as we did was tough for us.”

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