Appy out to ruin Fratton old pals act

Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson, left, chats with assistant manager and first-team coach Craig Shakespeare
Leicester City's manager Nigel Pearson, left, chats with assistant manager and first-team coach Craig Shakespeare
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Michael Appleton will be locking horns with some familiar faces as he bids to make a winning start at Fratton.

The Blues boss steps out tomorrow looking for victory over Leicester.

It will be his first home match since taking over 16 days ago.

What’s more, the opposition dug out will feature former coaching colleagues Nigel Pearson and Craig Shakespeare.

The trio worked together at West Brom during Bryan Robson’s reign from 2004-06.

Since then, Pearson has managed at Southampton, Leicester and Hull – before recently returning for a second spell with the Foxes.

And Appleton is relishing meeting up with the duo again.

He said: ‘It will be fantastic to not only see Nigel but Craig, his assistant, as well.

‘Nigel was the assistant manager for a while under Bryan (Robson), and myself and Craig worked with the youth team and reserve team at the time. So I know Craig very well and am in constant touch with him.

‘As for Nigel, he is a wily old fox. He probably won’t like me calling him old but he’s very astute in what he does and how he goes about his business.

‘So, obviously, I am aware of them and what they are about.

‘They had a little bit of success at Leicester, went to Hull and then found themselves back at Leicester.

‘I would imagine there would be a lot of lads at Leicester happy to see them back under the reigns.

‘It’s going to be a difficult game. Obviously, everyone is aware they are the ones who spent most amount of money this season and there is a lot of quality in the squad.

‘But I expect the players to be more than up for the game.’