West Brom Super Fans react as Michael Appleton becomes frontrunner for manager's job

This is part of a regular series from our panel of West Brom Super Fans. Each week, Super Fans from our West Brom News Facebook page will deliver their verdicts on the biggest talking points and news stories around The Hawthorns.


Many West Brom fans have reacted with dismay to the news that Michael Appleton may be a serious contender for the manager’s job.

The former Albion player and one-time caretaker manager, now in charge at League One side Lincoln City, has emerged as one of the frontrunners to succeed Sam Allardyce at The Hawthorns.

Appleton is the odds-on favourite to become the next Albion boss with compensation now not considered to be the issue it previously was according to Express and Star journalist Joseph Masi, after Football Insider reported talks had been opened last week.

The 45-year-old Englishman led Lincoln to the League One play-off final last month where they succumbed to Blackpool, and the Imps are now set for another season in the third-tier.

Whether Appleton stays in Lincolnshire to oversee another promotion bid remains to be seen, though, as links to Albion intensify.

After news emerged that Appleton was a strong candidate to return to the Baggies we asked our esteemed panel of Super Fans for their thoughts, over on our West Brom News Facebook page.

Here’s what they had to say…

Lack of ambition?

Appleton certainly is not a star-studded name that all Albion fans will be getting excited about.

Clubs like Leeds United have attracted big-name talents like Marcelo Bielsa in the past during their Championship days, while Newcastle United recruited Rafael Benitez just before they dropped down into the second-tier.

Those clubs arguably have much a richer history than us, certainly in the past few decades anyway, and ostensibly more money.

But there is still so much potential at The Hawthorns for the right person to take charge and inspire us to new heights.

All it requires is some savvy signings and a manager with the right toolkit to succeed.

It’s easier said than done, but we’re still holding out hope for someone with more know-how and experience of success to be appointed.

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