Pompey appoint Appleton

New Pompey boss Michael Appleton is introduced to the players at the club's Eastleigh training base. Exclusive picture: Ian Hargreaves
New Pompey boss Michael Appleton is introduced to the players at the club's Eastleigh training base. Exclusive picture: Ian Hargreaves
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Pompey have appointed Michael Appleton as their new manager.

The 35-year-old has signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the Blues.

There will be a Fratton Park press conference this afternoon to officially unveil him as Blues boss.

Before then Appleton visited their Eastleigh training base to meet the players.

It ends a 28-day hunt for Steve Cotterill’s replacement.

The likes of Steve Coppell, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Sean O’Driscoll were all interviewed for the Pompey hot seat.

But the West Bromwich Albion assistant head coach emerged as the prime candidate at the end of last week.

Now he has put pen to paper to become manager at Fratton Park.

Chief executive David Lampitt said: ‘We are delighted to welcome Michael as our new first-team manager.

‘We were looking for somebody young, forward thinking and ambitious, who wanted to be part of our longer-term plans for Portsmouth Football Club.’