Michael Antony Appleton (born 4 December 1975) is an English former professional footballer and the current manager of Oxford United.

As a player he was a midfielder who played from 1994 to 2003, his playing career being cut short by a serious knee injury. He played as a professional for Manchester United, Lincoln City, Grimsby Town and Preston North End. He was the assistant head coach at West Bromwich Albion, one of the teams for which he had played. He was also their caretaker manager for one match after Roberto Di Matteo was placed on gardening leave.

On 10 November 2011, Appleton was appointed the manager of Portsmouth, and just under a year later he became manager of Blackpool. After just over two months as Blackpool manager he left the Seasiders to become manager of Blackburn Rovers on 11 January 2013. 67 days later, on 19 March, he was sacked. In July 2014 he was appointed Head Coach at Oxford United and in his second season in charge led the club to promotion to League One.

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