Appy: I will not walk away

Michael Appleton. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121503-076)
Michael Appleton. Picture: Allan Hutchings (121503-076)
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Michael Appleton has revealed he has rejected the chance to quit Pompey.

And the Blues boss is adamant he wants to remain on the south coast to help resuscitate the ailing club.

Many would forgive him for walking out of Fratton Park after the endless barrage of blows he has endured since his November 2011 arrival.

Even now the club could be liquidated if the top earners are not removed from the wage bill.

Regardless, Appleton has no intention of taking up a managerial post elsewhere, despite enquiries over his availability this summer.

He insists he has snubbed a number of approaches from representatives of clubs and agents since the end of last season.

It is a show of loyalty from the man whose dignity and conduct amid truly testing times have established him as a popular figure among the Fratton faithful.

For Appleton, though, nothing has come close to tempting him away from a job he is determined to see through.

He said: ‘Other clubs have approached me, I am not going to lie.

‘I have turned down jobs this summer and at the end of last season.

‘Agents and other people have approached me sounding me out about things.

‘I have told them “no”, though.

‘The grass is not always greener.

‘I have found that out in life so many times and I want to stay here at Portsmouth.

‘Of course it is flattering. I don’t know what people look for in management choices, maybe they watch how I am supposed to have coped with certain situations last year.

‘Whatever, there has been interest in me ever since the end of last season.

‘The thing is I know it has been frustrating at times but I enjoy my job.

‘I still get up every day and want to go into work.

‘I am a young man, I am in no hurry.

‘To me it does not matter how long I am here – and if I am still here in five or six years we will be in a different league and stabilised.

‘I want to be in the football business for the next 25 years – this is my first job, a job I intend to create a legacy.

‘If I can do that it will be good for me and good for Portsmouth.

‘It would have to take a very, very, very good offer for me to leave Portsmouth. That is how much I enjoy being here.’

Since arriving as Pompey boss, the club has imploded and slipped to the brink of liquidation.

A small squad and the necessity to remove the high wage earners will not help Appleton’s League One preparations.

But he remains upbeat.

He added: ‘Something has got to give soon but getting the CVA last week was a step in the right direction.

‘I survived six months of last season and it was tough. I let other people judge the job I did.

‘This year it is about stabilising and building from that so the season after the club can be taken forward.

‘It is about being realistic in what we want to achieve here and it is going to take time.’