Could Danny Cowley trade Lincoln City for Barnsley?by Jack Kitson / 07 February 2018, 09:23Tweet
Barnsley were left crushed on Tuesday when manager Paul Heckingbottom decided to jump ship over to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, despite signing a contract extension with the Tykes just a few days earlier.
Football can be a cruel mistress.
Former Leeds boss Garry Monk swiftly emerged as the early frontrunner for the Barnsley post, much to the jubilation of many Reds fans on social media, but while he’s since drifted slightly to 5/1, he remains in the frame for the post.
Instead it’s Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley who now leads the way at the summit of the market at evens with Bet Victor. Also in the mix are Simon Grayson, who is being linked with everyone at the moment, and caretaker boss Paul Harsley, while Martin Jol makes a surprise appearance at 12/1.
Just a few hours after Cowley was installed as the new favourite, he created history at current club Lincoln, leading the League Two side to Wembley for the first time in the their 133-year history following a penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea’s U21 side in the semi-finals of the EFL Trophy.
The Imps will now face Yeovil or Shrewsbury in April’s final, but will Cowley still be in charge of the club for that showcase spectacle?
Going by what he said in the aftermath of Tuesday’s victory then you'd think so:
“As a young boy you dream of Wembley - it’s the pinnacle.
“I have had to fight really, really hard so it means everything, but it is much bigger than me.
“It’s the players – I have a really honest, humble, hard-working group which are low maintenance and low profile. It will be lovely for them to have their moments in the lights.
“Our supporters have given us so much. I always think relationships are about give and take. We have taken a lot from them and it would be lovely to give them something back and a day out.”
(Quotes: Lincolnshire Live)
Cowley, and brother Nicky, burst into the wider spotlight last season after Lincoln became the first non-league side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals since 1914 - beating Burnley, Ipswich and Brighton along the way.
Come the end of the season the brothers had led the Lincolnshire outfit back into the Football League, while they are currently just two points off the play-off places, and six of the automatic promotion spots.
Considering that Lincoln are in the mix for promotion and have an EFL Trophy Final to look forward to, it’s difficult to see the Cowley brothers leaving at this stage of the season. However, should the offers (inevitably) come flooding in in the summer, then their heads could well be turned...