Michael APpleton
MICHAEL
APPLETON

Michael Appleton was confirmed as the manager of Oxford United on July 4, 2014.

Michael, a holder of the UEFA Pro License, began his career at Manchester United and also had spells at Lincoln, Grimsby and Preston. He joined WBA as a player in 2001 but was forced to retire from football because of a knee injury in 2003.

He enjoyed a variety of coaching roles at the Hawthorns and in February 2011, Appleton was placed in temporary charge of first-team affairs after the departure of Roberto Di Matteo. After the club appointed Roy Hodgson, he was quick to confirm Michael as his assistant and the club enjoyed a very positive finish to the end of the 2010/11 campaign.

He later joined Blackburn Rovers after managerial spells with Blackpool and Portsmouth where his appointment at Fratton Park followed an overall 10 year spell with West Bromwich Albion as player and first team coach.

During his time in charge of Portsmouth, Appleton had to contend with severe financial problems and he was forced to completely rebuild his squad.

Michael is also a graduate of the LMA's Certificate of Applied Management at Warwick University.

Honours (2)
  • promotions
    • Oxford United:
      • Promotion to Sky Bet League One, (Season 2015/16)
      • Promotion to Sky Bet League One, (Season 2015/16)
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