Appleton named Blackpool boss

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MICHAEL Appleton has been named as Blackpool’s new manager.

The Seasiders agreedcompensation with League One side Portsmouth after talks on Wednesday morning.

The 36-year-old was Blackpool’s number one target following the departure of Ian Holloway to Crystal Palace over the weekend.

He will be presented to the media tonight after signing a deal at Bloomfield Road.

Appleton took up a coaching role at West Brom last year after a knee injury forced him to retire at only 27.

He rose quickly through the ranks at the Hawthorns, working as assistant manager under Roberto Di Matteo and Roy Hodgson. He got his big break at Portsmouth almost exactly 12 months ago only for financial problems to force him to sell almost his entire squad.

Salford-born Appleton came through the youth system at Manchester United before spending four years at Preston North End, and he fits the bill perfectly as one of football’s brightest young managers.

Steve Thompson, who was also in the running after a popular spell as caretaker manager, will stay at the club as Appleton’s number two.