Sheffield United: Blades hopeful could make swift return with Roy

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Michael Appleton could be offered a position with the Football Association after losing out in the race to become Sheffield United manager.

Appleton, previously of Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers, counts Roy Hodgson as an admirer after working alongside the England chief at West Bromwich Albion.

With Stuart Pearce’s stewardship of the under-21’s under review following a desperately disappointing European Championships, Hodgson is tempted to recommend his protégé for the role should it become vacant later this month.

Appleton was interviewed twice by members of United’s selection panel before Bramall Lane’s hierarchy opted to employ David Weir instead.

The former Scotland, Everton and Glasgow Rangers centre-half, described as an “exceptional candidate” by chief executive Julian Winter, was officially unveiled as Danny Wilson’s successor on Tuesday after penning a three year contract with the League One club.

Meanwhile, United’s friendly with York City on July 27 will now kick-off at 1.30pm, not 3pm as initially announced. Weir’s side also face Greenock Morton, Cowdenbeath, Raith Rovers, Bury and Mansfield ahead of the forthcoming season.

Schedules for the development and academy squads will be released shortly.