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Appleton dismisses Bolton talk

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton says he has received no contact from Bolton over the managerial vacancy at the Reebok Stadium.

Last Updated: 12/10/12 at 15:22

Appleton: Fully committed to Pompey

Appleton: Fully committed to Pompey

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Appleton, who has impressed while working against a chaotic off-field backdrop at Pompey, is one of a host of names tipped to replace Owen Coyle, who was sacked after a poor start to the Championship season earlier this week.

Speculation linking the 36-year-old with the post has gathered pace amid local media reports suggesting the Wanderers board are keen to make a youthful appointment and shun more experienced contenders such as former Republic of Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves boss Mick McCarthy.

But Appleton told The News he will continue with his job as normal unless Portsmouth administrator Trevor Birch tells him otherwise.

"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," he said.

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

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think all those names linked to United exits make sense. Kagawa has never really looked like hitting the form he had at Dortmund and Fellaini is radioactive after last season (even though I think he's been unfairly singled out for criticism). Nani and Anderson have had more than their fair share of chances so they are done, and Hernandez deserves better than warming a bench.

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e'll be off to Spurs (or better) in January and I don't blame him. Looking forward to re-signing Grant Holt as his replacement though.

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n fairness, he does look absolutely shattered in that photo.....

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