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Michael Appleton

Under-23s Manager



Date of birth




Michael Appleton returned to The Hawthorns as Under-23s Manager in August 2019.

‘Appy’ is now in his fourth stint with the Baggies having played for the Club, assisted Roy Hodgson, and supported Jimmy Shan in a coaching role at the tail end of the 2018/19 season. 
The 43-year-old made 38 appearances for the Baggies before a serious knee injury cut short his burgeoning playing career. 
Michael was a product of Manchester United’s highly-regarded academy and  first arrived at The Hawthorns from Preston North End in January 2001. 
He helped guide the Baggies to the Division One Play-Offs in Gary Megson’s first full season in charge. 
Appy featured regularly at the start of the following season - which ended with Albion promoted to the Premier League for the first time - but sustained a cruciate ligament injury in November 2001. 
His retirement from playing followed two years later, triggering an early switch to coaching in the Club’s Academy.
He climbed the ranks with the Baggies, taking on the role of First Team Coach under Roberto Di Matteo, before Roy Hodgson made him his assistant in February 2011. 
He then branched out on his own management career at first-team level, achieving notable success at Oxford before accepting a post as Craig Shakespeare’s No.2 at Premier League Leicester City.
Michael finished last season back in the Baggies camp when he was recruited to assist Jimmy Shan in the end-of-season promotion quest.