Michael Appleton is eager to get back into management, and the opportunity may have just presented itself at West Bromwich Albion. 

The 43-year-old spent may years as a coach at the Hawthorns after retiring as a player in 2003, and was named caretaker manager in 2011 after the sacking of Roberto Di Matteo. 

The tactician than embarked upon a managerial career of his own, one that saw him take the reigns of Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn Rovers, and Oxford United. 

Appleton also did a stint as Leicester City’s caretaker manager in 2017, but was axed as a coach in the summer of 2018 after a restructuring of the backroom staff. 

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Quoted by the Leicester Mercury, Appleton said: 

The reality is, I know a lot of people at West Brom, from the chief executive down to the people who work on a matchday.

They have all got my number, it has not changed in all that time, so we will watch this space really.

You have only got to see what the likes of Stoke who came down last year, have found it difficult.

It is not as easy as saying ‘we are going to finish in the top two and go straight back up’.

Ultimately there is more than one way of getting promoted. Obviously you would like to finish in the top two and be part of the automatic promotion, but you do get a second chance and that’s the play offs.

Darren Moore’s sacking came as a surprise to many of the West Bromwich faithful, with the club sat fourth in the Championship table. 

His successor will be tasked with taking the side back to the Premier League – a feat they deemed beyond Moore.