Speaking exclusively to Football FanCast, former West Brom midfielder Carlton Palmer believes Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton would have been a good fit for his old side.
Ex-Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was thought to be the frontrunner to replace Sam Allardyce in the Hawthorns dugout. However, according to Football Insider, West Brom have ended their interest in the 53-year-old and have since considered Appleton – though it looks like he will miss out to David Wagner.
While the 2020/21 season ended in disappointment for Appleton and his Lincoln side, it was a strong campaign overall.
The 45-year-old managed to guide the Imps to the League One play-off final, where they were narrowly beaten by Blackpool, after finishing fifth in the table.
Asked by FFC if he can understand West Brom’s thinking behind considering Appleton, Palmer said:
“Yeah, one hundred percent. I mean, their budget at Lincoln City would have them relegated or certainly in the bottom half of the table, so he worked on a shoestring budget and did fantastically well.
“He’s shown he can work within the restraints and still get success, so that might be a good fit for them.”
Appleton is, of course, a former West Brom player and has also had a very short spell as caretaker manager there, so there is obviously that connection.
All things considered, there is a lot of logic behind West Brom looking at the Lincoln boss.