Appleton dismisses latest job talk claims

Pompey manager Michael Appleton has been linked with vacant jobs at Burnley and Bolton    Picture: Barry Zee
Pompey manager Michael Appleton has been linked with vacant jobs at Burnley and Bolton Picture: Barry Zee
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Michael Appleton has denied he has held talks with Bolton.

And the Blues boss has also shrugged off links with the Burnley hot-seat left vacant following Eddie Howe’s departure.

Pompey today beat Crewe 2-0 through first-half goals from Wes Thomas and Izale McLeod.

That was enough to lift them into 12th spot in League One to take their recent run to 10 points out of a possible 12.

And afterwards Appleton insisted he had not been in talks over leaving Fratton Park.

He said: ‘I have not spoken to anyone from Bolton and I haven’t talked to Burnley, either.

‘It is nice to be linked because it means you are doing something right.

‘Today I thought we started really well and in the second half were comfortable.

‘Crewe had a lot of possession, which we had expected they would do, but they didn’t trouble our keeper whatsoever.

‘You can see the improvement and we keep moving forwards.’