Done deal? Betting suspended on Danny Cowley becoming the next Portsmouth manager

by The Sack Race / 17 March 2021, 11:30

Barely a week has gone by without Danny, and his managerial partner Nicky, being linked to a job since they left Huddersfield in July.

The duo, famed for their work at Lincoln City, have featured in a myriad of next manager markets. In 2021 alone they’ve been in the mix for jobs at Ipswich, Cardiff, Sheffield Wednesday, Bournemouth, Port Vale, AFC Wimbledon, Fleetwood, Birmingham, and now the managerless League One pair of Charlton and Portsmouth.

Both clubs are on the hunt for a new manager as they bid to secure a place in the League One play-offs; Pompey sacked Kenny Jackett on Sunday after a four-year partnership, while Charlton lost Lee Bowyer to Birmingham.

Cowley is a 5/1 shot to take charge of Charlton, but in the last few moments Sky Bet have suspended betting on Cowley becoming the new Portsmouth manager, while he’s a minuscule 1/12 with Bet Victor.

We know the brothers are ready to return, it’s just about picking the right job. A few weeks ago Danny told @5liveSport: "Nicky and I are ready. We've had some good time to reflect, learn and recharge the batteries. We are waiting for the right project and the right people. We've had a few options but trying to wait for the right one."

Cowley has been sounded out by Portsmouth - reported by Portsmouth News - on a short-term deal through the end of the season, but he’s understandably keen to pen a longer contract as he seeks a project he can really sink his teeth into. However, the same outlet now reports that a deal is set to be made to bring Cowley in for the remaining 12 games.

Cowley has worked in all three EFL divisions, having inspired Lincoln from non-league up into League One, before making the difficult decision to leave the club - who were in the play-offs - in order to test himself in the Championship with a hopelessly out-of-form Huddersfield side lacking confidence and an identity - the Yorkshire club had one point on the board from seven games after they were relegated from the Premier League.

Cowley put a stop to the rot and kept the Terriers in the second-tier, only to then surprisingly be sacked with one game to go last season - the Chairman stated that he had a different vision.

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Pompey bound?

Language and communication is key to Cowley’s approach to management. He looks to adopt a high-energy style of football, although it’s fair to say that he adapted his approach to a more direct method at Huddersfield. Given the difficult position the club was in at the time, the priority was steadying the ship and then steering the club clear of danger. Which they did.

“For us we are clear on our style,” Cowley told eadt.co.uk in November. “People talk a lot about philosophy in football and I’m not sure football is that complicated.

“But, if it is, ours is to be tactically flexible, to work with the players we have at our disposal, find the best system of playing with the players that you’ve got and a style they feel confident in."

It’s been eight months since we last saw the Cowleys in the dugout, now if the betting is to be believed - which in truth it hasn’t always been in their case - the brothers could be set for the south coast, although you simply can’t rule out a move to Charlton either!

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