Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton has told West Bromwich Albion that he does not want to become their next boss, according to Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett.
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) June 14, 2021
The 45-year-old wants to remain at the League One outfit instead, dealing a blow on the Baggies.
The Hawthorns outfit have already rejected the chance to sign Chris Wilder, while David Wagner chose another club ahead of them despite coming very close to joining.
They have to look elsewhere from the look of things, and the recent development would have left them disappointed.
Appleton joined Lincoln in September 2019 on a four-year deal and did sign a new four-year deal in February 2021.
He is clearly not interested in leaving his current employers after recently committing his future to the club.
The former West Brom midfielder started his managerial career at the Hawthorns, staying behind in a coaching capacity after a knee surgery forced him to retire in 2003.
He worked with the youth teams until becoming assistant manager and was appointed first-team coach in June 2009.
Appleton was placed in temporary charge in 2011 after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked, returning to the club as first-team coach to caretaker manager James Shan in April 2019.
Given his affiliation with West Brom, Appleton would have been a perfect man for the job, and the fans would have been pleased to have him back.