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Exclusive: Former West Brom striker doesn’t want Appleton as manager

In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, Steve Bull, who was sold by West Brom to Wolves in 1986, can’t see the Baggies moving for Michael Appleton after The Athletic’s Steve Madeley claimed he would be an ‘obvious contender’ to replace Sam Allardyce if he leaves.

The Baggies parted ways with Slaven Bilic early in the season to hopefully stop the rot and see them avoid relegation, however Allardyce has not been able to change around their fortunes.

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Allardyce has never been relegated during his managerial career but this may be a step too far even for him, as West Brom sit 19th in the Premier League and 10 points behind Newcastle United in 17th.

Speaking on why Appleton wouldn’t be the right man for West Brom and what he would like to see happen in the Albion dugout instead, Bull told FFC:

I think it’s a big job because when you go to the Premier League you’ve got to have a known name or somebody who’s been there before.

So, I wouldn’t go for Appleton, I’d rather stick with Sam than bring somebody in from the lower leagues.”

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Appleton played for the Baggies 33 times during 2001-2003 and was manager of the under 23s before taking his current job at Lincoln City, where he has recently signed a new contract.

Allardyce’s contract was an 18-month deal, however, it included a break clause if the Baggies were relegated so it remains unlikely that he will stay on if they don’t avoid the drop.

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