Imps in ‘advanced talks’ with potential new manager

Lincoln City are understood to be in advanced talks with West Bromwich Albion’s Under-23’s coach Michael Appleton, and could reportedly appoint their new manager by early next week.

Jamie McCombe and Andy Warrington are currently in charge of first team affairs at Lincoln with support from Jez George, the club’s Head of Football, after brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley departed the club to join Championship side Huddersfield earlier this month.

According to Michael Hortin from BBC Radio Lincolnshire, the Imps are now in advanced talks with their preferred candidate, who he says is Appleton, and that the club could make an announcement on Friday or early next week. However, the Imps said “there’s nothing to report from the club at this time”.

Appleton, who previously had a loan spell with the Imps in 1995 where he made four appearances, is the favourite for the managerial vacancy at Sincil Bank at odds of 1/4 according to Paddy Power.

The 43-year-old, who previously had caretaker manager spells at West Brom and Leicester, has also been in charge at Portsmouth, Blackpool, Blackburn and Oxford. His former club Oxford are Lincoln City’s next League One opponents at Sincil Bank on Saturday, September 21.

Newport’s Michael Flynn (9/4) and Gareth Ainsworth (7/1) have also been in the running for the job, but they both appeared to distance themselves from the job with statements this week. There were also previously odds on the next Lincoln manager on Sky Bet, but they were no longer available on Thursday.

Lincoln currently lie in eighth place in League One after their most recent match ended in a 1-1 draw at Rochdale on Tuesday.