Counter-attack team shape - Issue 22 (May 2012)
In his first managerial appointment, Appleton has steadied the ship - on the pitch at least - during a turbulent time for Portsmouth.
Against a backdrop of financial unrest and a points deduction, Appleton has got the south coast club playing a brand of smooth, passing football, and one that almost preserved Pompey their npower Championship status.
The 36-year-old had previously operated as caretaker manager at West Bromwich Albion, while a playing career saw him feature for Manchester United, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town, Preston North End and West Brom.
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