Appleton responds to rumours
Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has played down reports linking him with the vacant managerial posts at Bolton Wanderers and Burnley.
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Both Championship clubs are in the market for a new coach, with the Trotters having parted with Owen Coyle on the back of a disappointing start to the season and the Clarets having seen Eddie Howe head back to Bournemouth.
Appleton is said to be under consideration for both positions, having shown that he is a capable of working under intense pressure during his time at Fratton Park.
The 36-year-old insists he has not spoken with either club, claiming stories are based purely on speculation at present, but he has not ruled himself out of the running should a call be made.
Appleton told the Portsmouth News: "I suppose with me being from up north people are going to put two and two together and make their own ideas up on what I am or am not going to do.
"To be honest, my kids live up north. But football is one of those games that if you play, manage or coach, anyone who is part of my family realises I might be there one minute, the next minute I might not.
"Now, at the minute, I am settled down here. I have been down here nearly 12 months. It's a little bit warmer than it is up north and I have got a lot of friends here now.
"It's a difficult one really in terms of I have not spoken to any one of those two football clubs. And until they contact this club it is a question I cannot really answer. If there is no truth in it, what can I do?"