Appleton won’t keep wantaway Blues

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton
Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton
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Michael Appleton will not stand in any of his players’ way if they want to leave.

That is the promise from the Blues boss as he seeks to bring success to Fratton Park.

The January transfer window has inevitably seen players linked with moves away from the financially-troubled club.

Dave Kitson has already been reported as a target for Brighton and Bristol City.

However, he this week told The News he wanted to remain at Pompey.

But Appleton will not keep any player who has no commitment to the club.

As it stands, nobody has asked to leave.

Should they do so, he has insisted he will agree.

He said: ‘If people show desire they want to leave the football club, I am not going to stand in their way.

‘I am not the type of person who takes to people who want to leave a football club and then continue to have them here.

‘I took the job as Portsmouth manager because it was a pleasure to do and I am really looking forward to doing it.

‘So I want people who want to be here, who want to add to the vision and do what I want to do.

‘It’s easy having a vision, I know that and I am not stupid – but you are not going to stop me having a vision and a plan.

‘If I get the opportunity to build it and do what I want to do then there will be good times ahead.

‘If I don’t then I will look myself in the mirror and give it my absolute best shot – but I will do it having people around me who are desperate to do the same things as me.

‘No-one has said they wanted to leave. Whether they are scared of coming to my room and knocking on the door is another thing.

‘But no-one has knocked saying they want to leave.’