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Lincoln City – Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton is the boss of Lincoln City FC having been appointed in September of last year. Despite his relatively young age, Appleton is something of a journeyman manager having held positions at no fewer than seven clubs over the past eight years.
Born on the 4th of December 1974, Appleton was raised in Salford and began his career as a footballer at his boyhood club, Manchester United. A touch-tackling and physical midfielder, Appleton failed to make an appearance for the Red Devils as they had a crop of hugely talented footballers to draw on at the time.
He spent three spells out on loan. First, he played for Wimbledon in 1995 but failed to rack up any minutes on the pitch. Following this he made his senior debut for Lincoln City, the club he is now employed by. It was the first of four starts for the lower league side. He score his first goal as a professional footballer in 1997 when out on loan at Grimsby Town, making ten appearances in total and scoring three times.
He had his first stint as a first team regular when he joined Preston North End in 1997. He would make well over 100 appearances for the Lancashire club, scoring 12 times in the league. After four years at Deepdale, Appleton made the switch to West Bromwich Albion where he would spend the remainder of his career. In two seasons with the Baggies he played 33 times but did not find the back of the net.
After eight years away from the game, Appleton moved into management. He began his career in the coaching side of the game with the same club he had finished his playing days, West Brom. His stint as caretaker was enough to impress Portsmouth who gave Appleton his first permanent position in 2012. He stayed for a year on the South Coast before Blackpool came calling for his services.
His time with the Tangerines was brief. He was establishing this brevity as something of a trend. An even briefer spell with Blackburn Rovers followed in 2013 when he replaced Henning Berg who had only been in charge at Ewood for a matter of weeks himself. He enjoyed his longest spell with any one club after his dismissal from the Rovers hotseat, spending three successful seasons with Oxford United between 2014 and 2017.
Another stint as caretaker beckoned when he was offered the chance to look after the managerial vacancy at Premier League Leicester City in 2017. He did not impress with the Foxes, however, and this job is his first since his removal from the position in late 2017.
Lincoln currently sit in 15th place in League One and will be hoping that, under Appleton's management, they can climb the table when football resumes in 2020.