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Hodgson says Appleton is ready

West Brom manager Roy Hodgson has more or less confirmed that Pompey are indeed interested in Michael Appleton - who has been 'tipped' to become our next boss...

In a glowing report, in his post-match press conference today, he pretty much admitted PFC are interested and thinks he will 'make a big success' when eventually takes on a managers job as he is 'ready for a top job'.

He said: 'Michael is an excellent young coach and we have to accept at West Brom that there are clubs out there who know their business and will target people like Michael because he's ready for a top job.

'I'm sure that when Michael takes a top job, he'll make a big success of it.

'I think they're interested in Michael, which I'm not surprised about at all because he is a very good coach.'

If it is to be Appleton then I do hope that we make this appointment next week, ideally sooner rather than later so that it gives him that little bit longer to work with the players - who are not off on international duty - before we take on Watford.

We are at an ideal time to make this appointment and announcement so if Appleton is the man that CSI want lets go and get him...


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Writer: pompeyrug Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday November 5 2011

Time: 8:42PM

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I think Hodgson was trying to persuade Appleton to wait for a better offer; hopefully the Appie knows his own mind. I think if this appointment comes off it is a real statement of long term planning by CSI & the club exec. Ideally I'd like to see some back up in the DoF role and Coppel would fit the bill for me but apparently the man wants management again.
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06/11/2011 00:15:00

I agree, the two would make a dream combination.
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06/11/2011 10:08:00

Coppell as manager and Apple as coach.... But that won't happen; Apple won't leave WBA to become just a coach here!
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06/11/2011 10:57:00

i cant see anything wrong, even if coppell doesn't come, appleton with the backroom boys should be ok on a rolling one year contract
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06/11/2011 11:18:00

Apple,GW & SG is a good combo I would welcome Apple he looks promising and will want to prove his worth!!! A compo fee agreement is being negotiated, expect Apple in early next week!
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06/11/2011 11:46:00


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