Appleton is linked to vacancy at Blackpool

Michael Appleton
Michael Appleton
Jordan Brooks has extended his loan spell at Gosport Borough. Picture: Duncan Sheppard

Pompey Academy duo extend Gosport Borough loans

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Michael Appleton has been linked with becoming the new manager of Blackpool.

Pompey’s boss has been in demand over the past month, attracting interest from Bolton, Burnley and Crystal Palace, yet it is the Tangerines who are reportedly closing in on taking him from Fratton Park.

The Championship club are seeking a replacement for Ian Holloway, who ironically beat Appleton to the Selhurst Park job on Friday.

Chairman Karl Oyston tonight stated the man to replace Holloway is likely to be finalised tomorrow afternoon.

If a move can be concluded, Pompey would be entitled to compensation, with the 36-year-old having two years still remaining on his current deal.

Should it occur tomorrow, it would be four days short of Appleton’s anniversary on the south coast.

The timing would be unfortunate, however, with Brentford visiting Fratton Park for a league encounter tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Scott Allan will remain with Pompey – despite a three-match suspension.

The on-loan West Brom midfielder was shown a straight red card by Darren Sheldrake for his challenge on Andre Boucaud in Saturday’s FA Cup clash at Fratton Park.

But despite being eligible for only two of the Blues’ next five matches, the Scot will stay on the south coast for the remainder of his initial one-month loan, as Football League rules stipulate a loan player cannot return to his parent club within 28 days.

Appleton said: ‘Even if you thought there might have been a way round it in terms of mutually agreeing to discard the contract, you can’t do that.’