Appy sets his sights on a return to the big time

Michael Appleton meets the Pompey players this morning. Exclusive picture: Ian Hargreaves
Michael Appleton meets the Pompey players this morning. Exclusive picture: Ian Hargreaves
Pompey's Brett Pitman scores a penalty in the Blues' 1-1 draw against Walsall at Fratton Park. Picture: Joe Pepler/Digital South.

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Michael Appleton targeted putting Pompey back in the big time after being announced as the club’s new boss.

Appleton today inked a three-and-a-half year deal after a compensation package was agreed with West Brom.

The 35-year-old will be tasked with carrying forward the rebuilding of the football club as it continues its rebirth.

But the new man at the helm is focusing on getting first-team affairs moving in the right direction first and foremost.

And that, for him, means to putting the club back at the highest level of the game.

Appleton said: ‘I’m delighted and excited to be taking the job.

‘It’s going to be a progressive challenge. You get judged on results and the first team is the most important thing, but we want to build the infrastructure of the club’

‘Portsmouth have fantastic traditions and the supporters are renowned throughout the football world for being very loud and getting behind the team. We want to give them something to shout about.

‘A few years ago Portsmouth were a successful Premier League club. I would like to think I can help the people at the football club achieve that again.’