Michael Appleton
SWANSEA, WALES - OCTOBER 21: Michael Appleton, caretaker manager of Leicester City reacts during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Leicester City at Liberty Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Following the departure of Danny Cowley, Lincoln City have appointed Michael Appleton as their new manager. The former Oxford United has signed a contract until 2023 at Sincil Bank.

Lincoln City Appoint Michael Appleton

Tough Act to Follow

Michael Appleton has a tough act to follow as he joins Lincoln City. Now Huddersfield Town manager Danny Cowley was adored by the Imps fans. As a result, it will prove a tough job to takeover from.

Cowley led Lincoln from the depths of the Vanarama National League to where they are today. During his three-and-a-half year spell with the club, he saw two title winning campaigns, as well as finishing in the play-offs during their first season back in League Two.

Furthermore, it was also Danny Cowley who oversaw Lincoln’s infamous FA Cup run as a non-league side. The Imps beat Ipswich Town, Brighton & Hove Albion and Burnley on their run to the 2016/17 FA Cup quarter finals.

High Aspirations For Michael Appleton

After a good start to the season, Lincoln City fans will be hoping that Michael Appleton will be able to lead them to the League One play-offs.

After an exceptional start to the season, the Imps have seen a dip in form in recent weeks. They won their opening four games in all competitions without conceding a goal. However, now they have just one win in their last eight games, a 2-0 win over Fleetwood Town. Their last outing saw striker Tyler Walker conjure a late equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Rochdale.  However, as a result, they lie in eighth place in League One.

Play-offs will certainly be the target set for Michael Appleton by Lincoln. However, they will have to see a recovery in form to reach their goal, meaning a mid table finish could be more likely.

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