Michael Appleton is the early bookmakers’ favourite to be appointed as manager of Salford City.
The 46-year-old has had previous managerial experiences at the likes of Portsmouth and Blackpool in turbulent situations for both clubs, as well as at Blackburn between January and March of 2013 where he oversaw 15 games in charge, winning just four of them.
Since then, Appleton has had a decent career, managing to win 78 of 173 matches in charge of Oxford United in a three-year spell between July 2014 till June 2017, where he managed to earn promotion to League One in his second season at the club.
After this spell at Oxford, Appleton joined Premier League outfit Leicester City to be Craig Shakespeare’s assistant manager, before the latter was sacked, meaning that he had two games as caretaker manager of the Foxes, of which they won both. Appleton would then join West Brom having started his coaching career there as well as the latter years of his playing career.
Appleton’s last managerial job was at Sincil Bank with Lincoln, winning 55 of his 143 matches, following a difficult third season in charge. The 46-year-old will feel as though things could have gone much differently, having led them to the play-off final in the 2020/21 campaign, where his side was beaten by Blackpool at Wembley.
Appleton is priced at 4/7 for a return to his hometown.