Appleton and Jackett emerge as contenders for manager’s role

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Michael Appleton has emerged as a contender for the Sheffield United manager’s job, the Sheffield Telegraph has learned.

Sources close to the Bramall Lane club have suggested that former Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn boss Appleton is interested in the United role.

The former West Bromwich Albion youth coach earned many plaudits for his job at crisis club Portsmouth while they were in administration, before joining Blackpool.

After just 65 days in charge at Bloomfield Road, he jumped ship to manage Blackburn Rovers - and was sacked after just 15 games.

Despite his turbulent 12 months, Appleton remains keen to return to management and was considered for the Doncaster Rovers vacancy, before it was handed to Paul Dickov.

Appleton worked with England manager Roy Hodgson at West Brom, and could be also offered the chance to manage England’s U21s if Stuart Pearce leaves that role.

But his first preference remains a hands-on club role - and United, who also remain interested in former Millwall boss Kenny Jackett, could offer it to him as they search for a permanent successor to Danny Wilson.