West Bromwich Albion have ‘held talks’ with Lincoln City boss Michael Appleton over their vacant managerial position, according to Birmingham Mail.
The Lowdown: Wilder talks have hit stumbling block
The Baggies have been in the hunt for a new manager since Sam Allardyce departed the West Midlands last month [BBC]. Following their relegation from the Premier League, Albion seemed all but certain to appoint Chris Wilder to lead their 2021/22 promotion bid.
However, West Brom have now seemingly decided against hiring the 53-year-old, with Football Insider reporting that talks between him and the club have ended. Raising concerns over the Yorkshireman’s suitability for the role at The Hawthorns, they have turned their attention to alternative contenders, as they look to secure promotion back to the top flight at the first attempt.
Could this pave the way for Appleton to seize the role?
The Latest: Talks have taken place between Appleton and West Brom
No stranger to the club, the 45-year-old has spent time in West Bromwich as a player and a coach, even taking interim charge of Albion in 2011 [Transfermarkt].
Having also previously being in command of the Baggies’ under-23 side before moving on to become Lincoln manager [BBC], he has emerged as a serious candidate for the role.
Appleton is believed to have ‘admirers’ amongst the West Brom hierarchy, whilst talks have been held between the Championship club and the Lincoln boss, according to Birmingham Mail journalist Joseph Chapman.
The Verdict: Appleton would be an intelligent Baggies appointment
All things considered, Appleton would be an intelligent appointment for West Brom who could reap long-term benefits for the club. Acquiring someone who is young in managerial terms whilst also an incredibly hard worker – as outlined by Danny Higginbotham [Lincolnshire Live] may be the correct tonic to revitalise the Baggies.
Needing some reconstruction after a gruelling top-flight campaign, the former Portsmouth manager could be the perfect candidate to revitalise a disjointed West Brom squad.
Deserving a shot at the hot-seat, the enormity of taking Lincoln City to within one game of Championship promotion should not be disregarded. Falling only at the final hurdle against Blackpool in the League One play-offs [BBC], he may feel he can get over the line with Albion in 2021/22 if he is given the opportunity by his former club.
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