Report this comment
  • "Isn't it interesting to hear people speak. I was happy to give Gary Waddock a chance, but when he spoke about not replacing Melville, I assumed that meant he wasn't allowed to. When Appleton says it, I'm happy to accept that he wants to evaluate the staff in place before he makes any appointment."
  • This field is mandatory
  • This field is mandatory
  • Please note we will not accept reports with HTML tags or URLs in them.

  • Enter the above word in the box below

New Oxford United boss Michael Appleton in no rush to recruit a coach

Michael Appleton began work at Oxford United today

Michael Appleton began work at Oxford United today

First published in Headlines
Last updated
Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Sports Reporter covering Oxford United. Follow us on twitter: @oxfordmailoufc. Call me on 01865 425458

MICHAEL Appleton says he has no immediate plans to make changes to Oxford United’s coaching staff.

The 38-year-old began his job as head coach this morning, meeting the players and media for the first time since being officially appointed by new chairman Darryl Eales and chief executive Mark Ashton to replace Gary Waddock on Friday.

There was immediately speculation Appleton would bring in an assistant, with Darren Moore, who was his right hand man at Blackburn Rovers, linked with a move.

United potentially have room to add to their staff, with Andy Melville leaving as first-team coach in May.

Appleton was clear no-one would depart, but while he did not rule out Moore, the new United boss will take his time.

He said: “I think Darren is always going to get mentioned because of my background with him as a player and a friend.

“He’s someone I took from West Brom to go to Blackburn, so he will always get mentioned.

“He would be on a list of many people that I could bring in if that was the case.

“Nothing’s been done and I wouldn’t be in a rush to do anything like that.

“There’s more than capable staff here already to get us through this period.

"When I get time to assess everything, if I feel we need to add then we will add, but it certainly won’t be to replace anyone.”

Appleton has not had a permanent role since being sacked by Blackburn Rovers in March 2013 and is thrilled to have a new challenge.

He said: "I'm delighted, excited is probably the word.

"It's a fantastic job to have and I hope to hone my skills."

He added: "I genuinely believe this is the right place for me.

"I've been having positive conversations with Darryl and Mark, they are very ambitious people."

“They were very good at selling the club to me.

“You’ve only got to look around the facilities here, they’re spot on for this level.

“It’s a small group of players but they’re young and it will be refreshing to work with a group of players that will show an honesty, a hunger and belief to do well.”

The former Manchester United trainee will begin the search for new signings straight away.

His first game in charge comes on Saturday, when the U's kick-off their pre-season at Farnborough.

Comments (1)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree