Michael Appleton has yet to hold talks with West Bromwich Albion and is preparing to begin the 2021/22 campaign at Lincoln City, as reported by Lincoln Live.
In an ideal world, the Baggies would have already agreed terms with Sam Allardyce’s successor while stepping up their plans for life back in the Championship.
The reality, however, is West Brom are still without a manager heading into the second week of June.
The Midland giants missed out on promotion specialist Slavisa Jokanovic to rivals Sheffield United.
And while Chris Wilder is allegedly interested in the Albion job, the foot-dragging by West Brom suggests they are far from convinced by a man who walked away from Bramall Lane with the Blades nailed to the bottom of the Premier League table.
Is Michael Appleton returning to West Brom?
Speculation continues to swirl around Appleton too.
The Lincoln City boss spent a few short months at the Hawthorns in 2019 and has a good relationship with technical director Luke Dowling.
According to reports coming out of Lincolnshire, however, the ‘Appleton to West Brom’ rumours are just that – rumours.
West Brom have yet to hold talks or even make initial contact with a man who played 33 league games for the club in the early-2000s.
The former Portsmouth and Blackburn Rovers manager is currently planning for another season in charge of League One outfit Lincoln City instead.
The Imps finished a highly respectable fifth under Appleton last term. However, the former Manchester United youth player saw Lincoln lose to Blackpool in the play-off final at Wembley.
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