Lincoln City manager Michael Appleton has “admirers” at Sheffield United, reports Yorkshire Live.
The Blades board are currently doing their due diligence as they search for a permanent successor to Chris Wilder as boss.
Several names are on their shortlist, including Appleton.
In fact, bosses at Bramall Lane have been impressed with the 45-year-old for some time now.
The United hierarchy have a list of criteria in their search for a new manager.
Appleton ticks many of their boxes. This includes his coaching credentials and the ability to develop young talent.
However, if they do decide that the Lincoln boss is the man for them, they may have to wait until May 30.
That’s because The Imps won’t entertain the idea of Appleton speaking to other clubs while the season is ongoing.
With good reason too, as they are pushing for promotion from League One and don’t want any distractions.
Currently in fourth place, if Lincoln were to finish in the playoffs then the final is scheduled for May 30.
Is Michael Appleton a good choice for Sheffield United?
After a strange start to management in which Appleton had very short spells at Portsmouth, Blackpool and Blackburn Rovers for reasons largely beyond his control, he finally settled at Oxford United.
In three years at the club, he guided them to promotion from League Two and two EFL Trophy finals.
A spell as assistant at Leicester City followed his successful Oxford stint, before moving to Sincil Bank in September 2019.
If Appleton achieves a top six finish with Lincoln this term it will certainly be another impressive feat.
Yet with his only Championship experience coming during ill-fated spells at the start of his career, there would certainly be at least doubts among the Blades fanbase.
Wilder, of course, had never managed in the second tier of English football before doing it with United. But they were on an upward trajectory with him at that point.
Appleton would be tasked with instilling belief and confidence back into a recent Premier League squad. And then try and mount a promotion push at the first time of asking.
It’s a big ask.