Appleton to Lincoln

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Appleton may be appointed as Lincoln manager, ahead of our game. Noooooooo.
If his tenure here is any indicator, itll take more than a few matches for a MApp Lincoln to play in style of play
if hes appointed tomorrow ( as currently seems likely?) he wont have had any time to work with the players
 

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It will be interesting.
I would imagine that his style of play is a long way away from how Lincoln play.
They are clearly on a real roll, but I wonder if, like at Oxford, it will take them a while to play the way he wants?
 

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It will be interesting.
I would imagine that his style of play is a long way away from how Lincoln play.
They are clearly on a real roll, but I wonder if, like at Oxford, it will take them a while to play the way he wants?

wonder how long itll be before MApp discovers its a 2 day tractor ride there & 2 day tractor ride back across Lincolnshire to the nearest tattooist ? :ROFLMAO:
 

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Pretty much a case study in how to job hop and ruin a career. If he'd stayed one more season, he'd have got us in the play offs at least, and then would have got a #1 role at a decent Championship club. The Cowleys will be a very tough act to follow. Lincoln are not a big club..... Kitson got a lot wrong, but he did say that Appleton kept chasing the money. The Leicester move may have earned him a few bob, but it put him right down the management ladder again....
 

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Pretty much a case study in how to job hop and ruin a career. If he'd stayed one more season, he'd have got us in the play offs at least, and then would have got a #1 role at a decent Championship club. The Cowleys will be a very tough act to follow. Lincoln are not a big club..... Kitson got a lot wrong, but he did say that Appleton kept chasing the money. The Leicester move may have earned him a few bob, but it put him right down the management ladder again....
So he left OUFC to chase money? I think not. Money certainly played a role in his leaving but not, I would suggest, in his pay.
 

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So he left OUFC to chase money? I think not. Money certainly played a role in his leaving but not, I would suggest, in his pay.

A big reduction of investment from our previous owner and the big uncertainty of the new ownership (which dragged on for six months) were big factors in him leaving I imagine.

Appleton was sold a vision by MA when he arrived - our ambition backed that up in the first two seasons but the tide had turned at the time Appleton left.
 

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Pretty much a case study in how to job hop and ruin a career. If he'd stayed one more season, he'd have got us in the play offs at least, and then would have got a #1 role at a decent Championship club. The Cowleys will be a very tough act to follow. Lincoln are not a big club..... Kitson got a lot wrong, but he did say that Appleton kept chasing the money. The Leicester move may have earned him a few bob, but it put him right down the management ladder again....

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Leicester were reigning PL champions when he went there weren't they? That was surely a better opportunity than hanging about with us for another season with Slippery's ever tightening wallet, hoping that a job at a Championship club might come up. If the Leicester job went well then he would probably be in the frame for EPL jobs now if he wasn't already in one.

As it is, he's back in the same league with a comparable club, but having trousered several hundred thousand pounds in the meantime. Hardly a career in tatters is it.
 

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Kitson got a lot wrong, but he did say that Appleton kept chasing the money. The Leicester move may have earned him a few bob, but it put him right down the management ladder again....

I think he had a suspicion that Shakespeare wouldn't last long and that would give him a shot at the Leicester job or (at least) to boost his profile enough to get a Championship job. Didn't work though.
 

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He'll probably bottle it at the last moment and rule himself out of the job as usual...
 

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Hopefully Tiger is trying a late bid to get Map’s in to replace KR..or make him Director of football 🤞🏻
 

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So he left OUFC to chase money? I think not. Money certainly played a role in his leaving but not, I would suggest, in his pay.
He absolutely left for the money. It was widely reported at the time that he was going for x2+ OUFC money. Tbh, I'm not really that bothered. He did a great job for us, but to move from #1 to #2 role is a pretty daft thing to do unless your primary motivation is money. The Lincoln job will be a really tough gig. They are a smaller club than we are and Appleton will be following a manager who has done a fantastic job in the last three years. So, if he gets Lincoln to mid table L1, he'll be viewed as a failure there as expectations are now so high. Appleton's career is starting to look very much like Mark McGee many years ago. Lots of early management promise ruined by constantly switching clubs.
 

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Hindsight is a wonderful thing.

Leicester were reigning PL champions when he went there weren't they? That was surely a better opportunity than hanging about with us for another season with Slippery's ever tightening wallet, hoping that a job at a Championship club might come up. If the Leicester job went well then he would probably be in the frame for EPL jobs now if he wasn't already in one.

As it is, he's back in the same league with a comparable club, but having trousered several hundred thousand pounds in the meantime. Hardly a career in tatters is it.
It wasn't hindsight. I thought it was a stupid move at the time. The team that beat Millwall 3-0 at The Den would have made top six (at least) had he stayed the following season And Eales didn't pull the plug immediately. He allowed Clotet to make all those brilliant foreign signings.....
 

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He absolutely left for the money. It was widely reported at the time that he was going for x2+ OUFC money. Tbh, I'm not really that bothered. He did a great job for us, but to move from #1 to #2 role is a pretty daft thing to do unless your primary motivation is money. The Lincoln job will be a really tough gig. They are a smaller club than we are and Appleton will be following a manager who has done a fantastic job in the last three years. So, if he gets Lincoln to mid table L1, he'll be viewed as a failure there as expectations are now so high. Appleton's career is starting to look very much like Mark McGee many years ago. Lots of early management promise ruined by constantly switching clubs.
He got the going rate.

What he didn't get at OUFC was backing by the chairman who, by that time, was looking for an exit without losing too much. Funding was pulled, and any prospect of getting a budget that would allow him to continue went as well. Ashton was already going (or gone) and it was clear that the future under Eales was not an attractive prospect.

Talk about Lincoln being a "smaller club" is silly. The fact is that the driving force behind the success of Lincoln is an ambitious chairman who is prepared to put his money into the club. They appear to be operating under sound financial targets. That the Cowley's have had a lot of success on the pitch is certainly a reflection on their abilities as a management team but, without the backing they have enjoyed, would they have been as successful?
Appleton's early career was unfortunately blighted by clubs that were financially troubled and he had little option but to move on. To say that a mid table finish at Lincoln would be viewed as a failure is very short sighted. By those standards KR is an abject catastrophe. (ah, hold on. . . )
 

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Ex manager who left us in the lurch, hopefully beat them on Saturday!
 

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Lincoln’s gain, our loss.

Would have him back in a heartbeat, but not sure he’d be the best fit for current owners.
 

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