Cowley, along with his assistant manager and brother Nicky, left League One Lincoln to take charge of the Championship strugglers on Monday. Together the pair, both former PE teachers, have enjoyed a remarkable rise up the football ladder, first managing in non-League with Concord Rangers and then Braintree Town. Their success in then taking Lincoln up two divisions from the National League attracted interest from elsewhere, with the Terriers moving in following the departure of Jan Siewert last month.
Unveiled alongside his brother at a press conference on Tuesday, Danny Cowley said: The short-term objectives are to find a way to play winning football and retain our status in this division. It will then be about building a competitive team in the Championship and from there well have the foundations to push on. You have to dream big.
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Cowley was referring to Huddersfields surprise promotion to the top flight in 2017. Under David Wagner, the club survived their first season in the Premier League but his departure last term was followed by relegation. Wagners successor, Siewert, was unable to arrest the decline and was sacked last month after a dismal start to the current campaign.
The brothers take charge with the club 23rd in the Championship and only one point to their name. They have won one match in all competitions since 25 November last year.
I dont think it will be easy, said Danny Cowley, who faces Sheffield Wednesday in his first game on Sunday. If we thought this job would be easy we wouldnt have taken it. We want to be challenged. I want to live life. The safer option would have been to stay at Lincoln, a club we loved and felt a connection with, but we are not interested in easy decisions. We want to test ourselves.
I didnt want to die wondering. I want that moment when your backs against the wall and facing adversity, that for me that is really living. That is what I am looking forward to.
Danny Cowley will have the title manager but it is clear that he and his brother come as a pair. We are used to working together, he said. We talk together. We have lived our lives in each others pockets. We have different skill sets and are different characters but always aligned on the values and processes. Nicky Cowley added: We have a very strong bond but we are very much looking forward to creating a bond with the staff, players and supporters. Once you connect with people thats when you can really start to make changes for the better.
According to Nottinghamshire Live, former Notts County manager Kevin Nolan is interested in becoming the new manager of Lincoln City.
The Imps are on the lookout for a new boss following the departure of Danny Cowley to Huddersfield Town, with the 40-year-old leaving massive shoes to fill at Sincil Bank.
Cowley took Lincoln from the National League to the top-half of League One in the space of three years, but the Imps now have the difficult task of replacing their most successful manager.
The Daily Mail claims that Newport boss Michael Flynn is their number-one choice to replace Cowley, but it is now claimed by Nottinghamshire Live that Kevin Nolan is interested in the vacant role at Sincil Bank.
Nolan has been without a job since being sacked by Notts County last season – the 37-year-old was relieved of his duties just five games into the League Two campaign, despite investing heavily on new signings in the summer.
The former Bolton midfielder took charge of the Magpies in January 2017, with the club sitting one place above the relegation zone after losing 10 games in a row.
After steering the East Midlands side away from the drop to the National League, he then led them to the League Two play-off semi-finals in 2017/18, where they eventually lost to Coventry City over two legs.