Appleton Plays Down Bolton Link

  • October 11, 2012 | By Chris Mann
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Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has played down speculation linking him with the vacant managerial post at Bolton Wanderers.

Appleton is currently behind Mick McCarthy and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as third favourite for the post, which is available after Wanderers' decision to sack Owen Coyle on Tuesday.

Wanderers are understood to be searching for a bright young manager to replace the departed Coyle, criteria that the former 36-year-old former Preston North End midfielder matches.

Appleton has dismissed reports that he is set for a switch to Bolton, with some media reports on Wednesday going as far as to say he had already been interviewed for the position.

"From my point of view, until I'm contacted by Bolton or any other club out there or I'm contacted by the administrator to tell me there's an interest, I'll continue to work with the players," Appleton said.

"They deserve my full 100-per-cent commitment. I'll continue to do that until I know differently."

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