Crystal Palace manager Roy Hodgson has backed Leicester City’s caretaker manager Michael Appleton to enjoy a successful career in coaching.

The Croydon Advertiser reports that Hodgson backed Appleton to be a success, with the former Oxford United man set to take charge of the Foxes’ Premier League game away to Swansea on Saturday.

Hodgson knows the former Manchester United trainee well from his time at West Brom, the club where he finished his playing career and had a brief spell as a caretaker manager.

I know Michael from my time at West Brom. When I came, for my first game, he was the caretaker manager then he worked alongside myself and Keith Downing and Dean Kiely as a group of people who worked at the club. I know him, I like him very much. I think he is a good coach and I think he has a good future.

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Appleton has been drafted into the hot seat to take charge of the club temporarily after Craig Shakespeare lost his job earlier in the week.

A 1-1 home draw against West Brom was not enough to save the former assistant from the sack, despite signing a new long-term deal earlier this season.

Appleton himself only joined the club in the summer, leaving his role as head coach with Oxford United to become Leicester’s new number two.

The 41-year-old, who enjoyed a successful spell at Oxford, has also worked at Portsmouth, Blackburn and Blackpool.

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