Following the departure of former Under 23 gaffer Jimmy Shan following his spell as our long term interim head coach in the 2018/19 campaign, on Monday West Bromwich Albion confirmed that Michael Appleton had returned to the club as our new Under 23 manager.
The former midfielder saw his playing career cut short following injury and he quickly switched to our Academy set up before making a name for himself as a manager at Oxford United, before working as Craig Shakespeare’s No 2 at Premier League level with Leicester City.
— West Bromwich Albion (@WBA) August 5, 2019
Having departed his role at the King Power Stadium, he returned last season as Shan’s assistant towards the end of the campaign and he now takes up Jamie Smith’s old spot, as he recently switched out to Doncaster Rovers to rejoin Darren Moore.
Speaking to wba.co.uk following the announcement of his appointment, Appleton said.
“I know the Club so well – it will be my third spell and that certainly helps. I’m going to have to get up to speed in terms of the young players I’m working with. From my point of view, I’ve been out for a year now, save for those few weeks at the end of last season, and when I spoke to Luke I knew very, very quickly that this could be a great outcome for both parties. There’s some good talent in the football club. We’ve got to get the blend right in being really competitive and successful on the pitch and being able to do that with the talent we bring through.”
Superb appointment mate, Just when everyone thought it was going pear shaped at the youth levels
— tomwba (@tomwba1982) August 5, 2019
Im appy with that. X
— Calum Scrivenić???????????????????????? (@CalScriven) August 5, 2019
It's a great appointment!
— Nikki ╪ ???? ???? ☂???? (@nikkiwba) August 5, 2019
Great move for both
— Stuart Hunt (@huntywbafc) August 5, 2019
— Dan @ AlbionOnSunday (@AlbionOnSunday) August 5, 2019
One word: FANTASTIC. I can't believe we've got him back in such a role. This is a major uplift. Can we please have good replacements for the excellent duo Mark Harrison and Mike Scott?
— Conrad Chircop (@conradchircop) August 5, 2019