Carabao Cup; Leicester 3-1 Leeds
Appleton, in charge since Craig Shakespeare was sacked a week ago, said after overseeing Tuesday night’s 3-1 victory that he expected to remain in charge for the Premier League visit of Everton on Sunday – as things stand.
However, the 41-year-old has not spoken to the club’s Thai owners since Friday and acknowledges how quickly the situation could change with Leicester having held talks with prospective candidates – most notably former Southampton boss Claude Puel.
“It’s been a bit of a roller coaster, to say the least,” said Appleton.
“It’s been a difficult week, there’s no doubt about that. To lose your manager, things then happened very, very quickly. It certainly would’ve been a lot worse had we not won the two matches.
“As it stands at the minute, I’m expecting to take the team on Sunday but I know how quickly things can move.
“But I’m not really thinking that far ahead to be honest, I’m just thinking about making sure the lads get a proper recovery session in and making sure the lads who didn’t play tonight get a proper physical session. Then they have Thursday off and we’re in again on Friday preparing for Everton.
“When I first spoke to the powers that be it was literally just take every game as it comes and make sure the lads are prepared as best as they possibly can be. That’s not something that’s new to me, which I suppose is a bonus from the club’s point of view.
With the crucial clash against Everton clearly at the forefront of Appleton’s thoughts he made eight changes, with only Harry Maguire, Marc Albrighton and Vicente Iborra retaining their places.
Leeds also have a top-of-the-table clash with derby rivals Sheffield United on Friday night and with that in mind Whites boss Thomas Christiansen swapped 10 players, with Kalvin Phillips the only survivor from the Championship win at Bristol City.
It made for a disjointed start to the match but Leeds settled first and took the lead through Pablo Hernandez.
However, Kelechi Iheanacho quickly equalised with his first goal for the club and the summer signing from Manchester City set up strike partner Islam Slimani in the second half before substitute Riyad Mahrez scored late on.
“We knew about the quality of the Leicester team and I am proud and happy about the performance of the team, especially in the first half,” said Leeds manager Christiansen.
“We conceded a goal shortly after our goal and maybe if we could have kept the lead until half-time then who knows?
“But we are realistic about who we played against. Ours was a performance of a lot of work and I can’t complain.”