The Mirror reports that 2015/16 Premier League champions Leicester City are hoping to appoint Oxford United manager Michael Appleton to their coaching staff. With Craig Shakespeare now the permanent boss at the King Power Stadium, he wants Appleton as his number two.
Shakespeare has penned a three-year deal as manager, and is now busy at work putting together both a playing and coaching squad together. Harry Maguire has joined from Hull City for a big fee, and others are set to follow. News of Appleton leaving a managerial role for a number two gig, albeit at the highest level, still seems a surprising move.
The fact the pair have previously worked together does put some logic behind this rumour. Both were coaches during their time together at West Bromwich Albion, which is where both cut their teeth in the coaching sphere.
41-year-old Appleton has been in charge at the Kassam Stadium ever since July 2014. Since then, he has guided the club to promotion out of Sky Bet League One, and to the edges of the play-offs in the next division above. He has also managed Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers.
Given the question marks over the ownership at Oxford, Appleton could be tempted by a move elsewhere. A proposed takeover bid has recently fallen through, which may give Appleton the indication of a possibly lack of ambition with the club. He is also said to be keen to return to top flight football and test himself as a coach, further enhancing his capabilities and experiences.