Michael Appleton seeking club with ambitions to match his own

Former Leicester assistant manager Michael Appleton is the bookies' favourite to take over at Easter Road

Michael Appleton has implied that circumstances were not quite right for him to become manager at Scottish Premiership side Hibernian.

The former Oxford United boss appeared poised to take charge at Easter Road but talks stalled and Paul Heckingbottom ended up being hired.

Asked why he had not taken the job, Appleton told Sky Sports: "I think if I answer that honestly and truthfully, I would probably come across as being arrogant and disrespectful, which is a million miles away from the truth.

"I think from my point of view, I will continue to look for the right thing for me, whether that is to go in somewhere as an assistant manager or a manager.

"(I will) look for that club that shares the same ambitions that I have got myself."

Hibernian manager Paul Heckingbottom
Image: Paul Heckingbottom has taken charge at Hibs - and led them to a 2-0 weekend win over Hamilton

Asked if he was disappointed that the possible Hibs job had fallen through, Appleton added: "Opportunities at clubs come and go all the time.

"You have that initial disappointment but you can only take a situation so far.

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"I got some fantastic advice, not too long ago, about making sure everything is comfortable with yourself.

"If it isn't quite right, for whatever reason, it is probably the wrong one for you."

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