Oxford United manager Michael Appleton looks set to join Craig Shakespeare’s coaching team at former Premier League champions Leicester, according to Sky Sports.
The 41-year-old took over at the Kassam Stadium back in 2014 following short spells at Blackpool and Blackburn, and helped the club to 13th place in his first season in charge.
However, it was the next campaign where he really made a name for himself by guiding the U’s to automatic promotion from the fourth tier with 86 points from their 46 league games, beating Wycombe Wanderers 3-0 on the final day to end their 15-year wait for third tier football.
And after leading the side to eighth place in League One last term, as well as two successive EFL Trophy finals, Appleton’s sensational efforts at Oxford has attracted the attention of Foxes chief Shakespeare, who is reportedly on the verge of appointing him as his assistant at the King Power Stadium.
The 53-year-old was appointed on a short-term deal as Leicester boss following the sacking of Claudio Ranieri back in February, and helped steer the club away from a seemingly inevitable relegation to 12th place in the Premier League.
And he has since been rewarded for his heroics with a three-year deal to remain as manager at the club, and he is seeking to reunite with Appleton after the two worked together at West Brom.
And with a deal looking likely to take place, this will be a severe blow for Oxford who have seen Appleton work wonders for their club in recent times, with it looking likely that they’ll be in the market for a new manager in the coming weeks and months.
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