The Boss is Back: Michael Takes Training Today

The big news coming out of Sincil Bank this morning is the return of manager Michael Appleton after his recent lay-off.

Michael recently had an operation to remove a cancerous lump and was quoted as being off for ‘ten days’ as a minimum. Ten days later, the club pictured him back on the training ground, working with the players ahead of the big kick-off in 12 days time. With friendlies against Salford City and Scunthorpe coming up, and several players yet to get pre-season minutes, having Michael back is vital to our chances of early success.

The response has been phenomenal, with more than 1000 ‘likes’ on Twitter in less than an hour, and lots of people wishing him all the best. Whilst his operation seemed to be routine, it nonetheless had fans worried about his health and his ability to return to work. Today shows that it takes more than cancer to beat Michael Appleton, it is just another chapter of triumph over adversity from his career.

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The third photo in the series, in particular, is a great reflection of where the boss is. In it, he’s smiling as he looks to return a ball to a player, looking as happy and focused as ever. After last season’s heroics, the Imps face a tough challenge maintaining that positive momentum, but having the gaffer back, fit and focused, is a huge step.

He’ll spend today working with the players, including new recruit Lasse Sorensen and keeper Josh Griffiths. More players are expected to be added this week, with Jez George telling local media he’s expecting a couple more signings. One of those could be Teddy Bishop, a midfielder who can play in the ten role, who has been heavily linked with the Imps.

Whoever signs for the club, and whatever happens over the next few months, no piece of news will be quite as well recieved as Michael returning to action with a smile on his face.