Ex-Portsmouth, Blackburn and Oxford boss commits long-term future to League One promotion rivals

Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty ImagesLincoln City manager Michael Appleton. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton. Picture: Pete Norton/Getty Images
Former Pompey boss Michael Appleton has committed his long-term future to Lincoln City.

Appleton has signed a new deal at Sincil Bank to keep him at the club until 2025.

Since succeeding Danny and Nicky Cowley in the Imps hot seat in September 2019, the 45-year-old has done a sterling job.

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They finished 16th in League One when the season was curtailed last term, consolidating after promotion from the fourth tier.

And this campaign, Appleton's ensured Lincoln have punched well above their weight.

Setting out for a top-half finish in the summer, the Imps currently sit second in the table and have a four-point cushion in the automatic promotion spots.

Appleton's success will certainly be catching the eye of potential suitors and he was linked with the vacant Bristol City job earlier this month.

However, Lincoln have moved to secure his services.

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Appleton, who spent a year at Fratton Park before leaving for Blackpool in November 2012, said: ‘I'm excited and looking forward to being part of the progression made by the football club on and off the pitch.

‘I have many thanks to Clive and everyone on the board, and to everyone who has been able to follow the team in what’s been a difficult season for all supporters.

‘Hopefully we have been able to put a smile on faces and I am excited for the moment we can start filling LNER Stadium again.’

Lincoln chairman Clive Nates added: ‘I am delighted that Michael has signed a new contract through to 2025.

‘The successful transformation of the squad and a promotion push in his first full season is remarkable, even more so considering the curtailment of last season and a significantly lower pro budget.’