Danny Cowley’s name has burst into and jettisoned out of multiple manager markets in recent weeks; from Salford City and Barnsley to Sheffield Wednesday and Mansfield.
Danny, who forms an effective managerial partnership with brother Nicky, has been out-of-work since leaving Huddersfield Town after the club’s penultimate game of the 2019/20 Championship season, in which the duo all but secured the Terriers’ safety.
As you may have guessed by now, they did in fact keep Huddersfield in the second-tier. However, while the Yorkshire side have since returned to the field this term, the Cowley brothers have remained in the Job Centre.
But this has the potential to change soon, following the news that Danny has been installed as the new favourite for the Tranmere Rovers job after bookmakers cut his odds from 12/1 to 9/4.
It’s fair to say that an appointment for Birkenhead born Nigel Adkins is looking increasingly unlikely. The former Tranmere shot-stopper had been the favourite for the League Two post since Mike Jackson was axed late last month, yet there’s been no concrete signs of a move happening.
Adkins will no doubt see his next job in the Championship - or at least League One - and the same could be said for the Cowleys.
Prior to saving Huddersfield from the drop, they worked wonders at Lincoln City, with whom they launched from non-league to League One. Who knows what they’re thinking at the moment, but given their records they will definitely feel that they have what it takes to step back into the second-tier - A return to League Two may be viewed as a bit of a step down.
In total, Cowley has faced Tranmere six times and only lost once. In 2019, his Lincoln side bagged a point at home to the club which secured them the League Two title, while previously at Braintree Town he was applauded off Prenton Park following a 2-1 win.
Meanwhile, you can see the appeal from Tranmere’s perspective. Their former manager Micky Mellon led the club from non-league to League One, before leaving for Dundee United in July after the points-per-game formula condemned Tranmere down to League Two. Mellon’s replacement, Jackson, then only made it to the three month mark.
“I think when you’re out of work naturally you’re associated with jobs that are available,” Cowley told Chris Hawkes last month when he was being linked with Barnsley (see video).
“For us it’s just a period of time that we’re in. We love football so it’s very easy to jump at the first opportunity but I think what we have to do is make some intelligent informed decisions.
“When people pick the phone up to us we will always speak to them and try to gather all the information and off the back of that hopefully you can make some intelligent decisions – not just yourself but for everyone, because you know how important these decisions are for everybody connected.”
Many Tranmere fans will be hoping the club makes a phone call, Cowley picks up, then zooms up to Prenton Park.