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Appleton praises mentor Hodgson

Assistant boss grateful to learn from Baggies manager

Last Updated: 20/09/11 6:36pm

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West Brom assistant head coach Michael Appleton feels Roy Hodgson is the ideal figure to take lessons from before he eventually moves into management himself.

Appleton, who took over as caretaker boss at the Hawthorns last season following Roberto Di Matteo's sacking, has made no secret of his ambition to eventually assume a senior role.

The former Manchester United player, who spent 11 years at Old Trafford, was quickly elevated by Hodgson to become his No.2 in February and feels he is reaping the benefit.

Experience

Appleton, helping to prepare Albion for Wednesday night's Carling Cup tie at Everton, said: "From a personal point of view, it is fantastic experience working with Roy and can only benefit me for the future.

"He has been in the game for 35 years as a coach and manager, worked in lots of countries, and I learn every single day.

"I pick up things especially from the training situations because tactically he is very astute.

"There are certain situations where probably I would have done things differently and, when I think back to it, I say 'God, I would have got that wrong then'.

"There have been times when I might have got after players while the manager has been very calm and dealt with it in a different way and again I've thought 'that is the best way to deal with it'.

"They are the little things you learn and get an opportunity to learn. He is perfect to learn from."

Hodgson is not pressing the panic button despite Albion's poor start to the season which sees them sit bottom of the Premier League after five games.

Not naive

Appleton added: "I think the experience Roy has had puts him in a frame of mind where ultimately it is five games into the season.

"He reminds the players and staff that there is no need to panic yet.

"On the other hand, we are not naive. We know being bottom of the table can have a negative effect on players if you don't stay positive, if you don't do the right things.

"That is what it has been like over the last couple of days.

"Yes, we've had a defeat and a poor performance but ultimately the performances before that were up to standard."

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