Pompey boss seeking Appy-er times

during Portsmouth fc training session today, Thurs 17th Nov, ahead of their nPower Championship game away to Watford at the weekend.
during Portsmouth fc training session today, Thurs 17th Nov, ahead of their nPower Championship game away to Watford at the weekend.
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For Michael Appleton, tomorrow represents his first Pompey match in charge.

It is also 10 years to the day since he picked up the injury which finished his playing career.

Back on November 19, 2001, Appleton tore posterior cruciate ligaments in his right knee during an accidental training ground collision with team-mate Des Lyttle.

The midfielder was forced to retire two years later.

Now he is taking his first steps in management after being appointed Pompey boss.

Appleton’s maiden match is at struggling Watford tomorrow.

And, eerily, it is on the anniversary of that fateful day on the West Brom training pitch.

He said: ‘I try not to think about stuff like that, they were dark times.

‘From my point of view, in those 10 years a lot has gone on.

‘I have had a lot of bad times, a lot of dark times.

‘Now, hopefully, this is a time to shine and for me to give everything to Portsmouth.

‘Things were very positive before the injury, my own playing career was going very well at the time.

‘It had started to blossom into a decent-enough career and, obviously, to have that shattered and taken away is a bit of a sucker punch.

‘But a bit of hard work, a bit of belief, a lot of support from family and friends and I have been given an opportunity.

‘I can’t wait for tomorrow.

‘A lot will be made about it being my first game and Michael Appleton this, Michael Appleton that.

‘As far as I am concerned, it is about football and Portsmouth Football Club – and us getting three points.’