Michael Appleton’s odds cut in next Sunderland manager marketby Jack Kitson / 02 May 2018, 13:58Tweet
Another day, another favourite for the Sunderland job.
In the aftermath of Chris Coleman’s Sunday exit, Mick McCarthy and Chris Wilder have traded positions at the top of the Next Sunderland Manager Market.
Now it’s the turn of Michael Appleton, who has today (Wednesday) been cut from a 16/1 outsider to the evens favourite for the post (Bet Victor).
Appleton is currently working as an assistant to Claude Puel at Leicester City, but with Puel’s own future up in the air, Appleton may decide it’s time to move on and venture back into the managerial arena this summer.
He’s currently a 33/1 outsider for the Leicester job, although a return to the third-tier dugout appears more likely.
The 42-year-old has managed in League One - where Sunderland will be plying their trade next season - with both Portsmouth (briefly) and Oxford, leading the latter into the third-tier in 2016, then 8th spot last term, while he twice reached the final of the Football League Trophy with the Yellows.
Appleton has experienced the highs and lows of the Football League, but while Sunderland are currently a club in freefall, the Wearside outfit will enter into a new era next term under prospective new owner Steward Donald, who has promised to hand the new boss a “competitive budget”.
Sunderland - yes I know Stewart Donald, no I’m not involved. If asked I would suggest an ambitious bright manager with L1 experience ... Michael Appleton would fit the bill. Good coach, v broad shoulders, great guy. Let him build a good recruitment team. #safc— DAVID JONES (@DavidJonesSky) April 29, 2018
Following years of misery, it could prove to be an exciting project for a hungry boss, and should the Black Cats come calling then Appleton's head will no doubt be turned.
Meanwhile, former boss Mick McCarthy remains in the frame for the vacancy, although it’s difficult to see Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder moving down a league, whereas Derby assistant and former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips is definitely worth a peek at 10/1.