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Kevin Phillips is “sure” Michael Appleton would do a good job as West Brom manager in the Championship but admits fans would prefer other choices over him.

West Brom News understands that if Sam Allardyce quits The Hawthorns at the end of the season, Lincoln boss and former Albion player Appleton will be in the running for the vacancy.

Lincoln are promotion contenders in League One as it stands but Phillips isn’t 100 per cent convinced Appleton could do wonders at The Hawthorns if he returns to West Brom.

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When asked if he can see Appleton taking Albion back up, Phillips told West Brom News: “Who knows? He’s worked there before, he knows the club. It’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it?

“We thought Big Sam would come in and keep them up but it looks like they might not [stay up].

“Has Michael got experience of bringing a team out of the Championship and into the Premier League at the first time of asking? There are loads of questions that need to be answered.

“I’m sure Michael would do a good job – it would be a difficult job.

“He’s at Lincoln and there’s still an opportunity of getting a club out of there and into the Championship.

“From the supporters’ point of view, I’m sure there are people out there who they would rather see in charge of West Brom than Michael.”

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Appleton has managed plenty of clubs in his managerial career, enduring mixed fortunes at all of them.

He joined Lincoln in September 2019 after a very short spell as West Brom’s Under-23s manager.

There’s no denying Appleton is someone who knows the club but to be successful, you need more than a CV that says you’ve been there before.

Allardyce has done a good job at Albion since coming in earlier this season.

Yes, it took him a while to get the team performing but he’s shown that with backing in the transfer market, he can really improve a squad and get some good results out of them.

Big Sam in.

In other West Brom news, Keith Hackett wants a key official sacked after the controversy in the win against Southampton.

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