The future of Danny Cowley: Lincoln City, Sheffield Wednesday or Huddersfield Town?

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 04 September 2019, 10:28

After 175 games, 95 wins, two promotions, a glistening EFL trophy, and an FA Cup quarter-final, Danny Cowley could well have taken charge of his final match at the helm of Lincoln City.

Hours before Lincoln’s EFL trophy clash against Doncaster on Tuesday night, rumours surfaced on social media that Cowley had rejected an offer to become the new manager of Huddersfield, even though his club had agreed compensation with the Championship side.

Cowley then confirmed the reports to LincolnshireLive in the aftermath of the 3-1 defeat to Rovers...

“We [and brother Nicky] had the opportunity to speak to Huddersfield and decided it wasn’t the right time.

“We’ve got full respect for Huddersfield. It was nothing to do with them as a football club, it was just the timing and the role we’re in. It’s a role we’re very committed to. It’s a club we’re very proud to be a part of.”

So, it appears that a move to the Terriers is off, for now anyway - Nigel Adkins has subsequently been installed as the new bookies favourite.

However, it’s the Sheffield Wednesday link that Lincoln fans are now fearing, with Cowley the 1/4 frontrunner in the betting. Sky Sports have reported that the Yorkshire club, who have been managerless for nearly eight weeks now, are in advanced talks with Cowley, news that surprised the man himself.

“I have no idea, that’s news to me.”

Whether that’s Cowley being coy, only he knows, however he did then seemingly hint that a move isn’t out of the question.

“In life, you can never say never. I said that in the summer. But it would have to be what we perceive to be the perfect opportunity.”

In fairness to Cowley, he’s previously stayed true to his word. The two-time promotion winner was hotly linked with Championship clubs Middlesbrough, Hull and West Brom in the summer but remained loyal to the Imps who are currently 2nd in the League One table after accumulating 12 points from their opening six games.

Cowley is an ambitious, hungry, and successful manager who undoubtedly harbours hopes of testing himself in the Championship in the near future.

Given Lincoln’s impressive start to life in the third-tier, fans will be hoping that Cowley gets his first taste of Championship football with them, but if he’s determined to jump up a division right now then the opportunity to manage Sheffield Wednesday could prove difficult to turn down.

The 40-year-old will no doubt be wary of the fate of Paul Hurst, who left League One Shrewsbury for Ipswich in 2018 only to be axed after 15 games. His new side Scunthorpe are currently rock-bottom of the Football League.

At the start of the year Nathan Jones switched Luton to Stoke, a move that has not yet worked out for the Welshman who has recorded only four wins from 29 matches to date with the Potters propping up the Championship table.

Two cautionary tales of how difficult the step up into the Championship dugout can be, but given the Cowley brothers’ achievements to date, a climb up the managerial ladder is unlikely to faze the dynamic duo.

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