West Brom coach Michael Appleton is reportedly close to a move to managerless Portsmouth after emerging as a major contender in the odds. Pompey have been searching for a new boss since Steve Cotterill left for Nottingham in October, and a number of names have since traded places at the top of the Next Portsmouth Manager Betting, with 35-year-old Appleton currently the odds on 1/4 favourite.
The betting has taken many twists and turns since Cotterill left, with the likes of Dave Jones, Sean O'Driscoll and Eddie Howe all hot favourites at some point or another. Now it seems that Portsmouth have surprisingly found their man in Appleton, who has been working as a first-team coach at West Brom since June 2009. If the move goes ahead it may be considered a bit of a gamble as Appleton has no previous managerial experience. At 7/2 the experienced Steve Coppell may be considered a wiser move for the club, or perhaps Aidy Boothroyd or Sean O'Driscoll, who are also in the running.
Portsmouth tackle former manager Cotterill's Nottingham Forest on Saturday at Fratton Park. Cotterill has won three out of four games since joining Forest with his new side now one point ahead of Pompey in the Championship table. Stan James have Portsmouth as the 13/10 favourites to get one over their former employee while Forest are available at 2/1 to inflict more damage on the south coast club and come away with the three points, with a draw available at 12/5.
All odds provided by Stan James.