Everyone knew this time was going to come, it was just down to what they wanted – accept the challenge or stay in their comfort zone at Lincoln?
It doesn’t have to be doom and gloom for the Imps. They’ve got a great squad and some decent compensation money as well.
We had a process in place which has now been activated. The search has got some significant momentum behind it already.
Equally, we’re not going to rush. It’s about due diligence. This is an important decision for the football club and our responsibility to the fans is making sure we’re thorough in our recruitment process.
“I want that feeling of really living. You only need to look at the next two games (Sheffield Wednesday at home and West Brom away) – I want that moment where your back is against the wall and youre facing adversity.”
Naturally, everyone has a view of people they see in the media but ultimately we’ll get to look a number of people in the eyes and test their thinking, understanding and vision of the future.
We’ve now managed in eight of the top nine divisions in this country. It’s been an incredible journey. The Championship is an incredible division.
It was important yesterday to speak to the staff [at Lincoln]. Our wives are already looking at schools in and around Huddersfield. Our parents are at every game. We’re a football family. It always dominates our household.
It was the most difficult decision of our lives. We’ll be forever appreciative of the people at Lincoln. But I want to live, I don’t want to die wondering. There’s been lots of interest and speculation and that’s credit to Lincoln City. It [to leave] had to be the perfect opportunity.
“In the short-term we need to give them a way of playing that sets them up for success. We are player-centred and we are going to try and earn their respect and build that trust.
The easy decision would have been to stay at Lincoln. We loved in there but we wanted to test ourselves at a higher level. We so grateful to the people at Lincoln. We built an incredible connection with the supporters. Clive Nates is an incredible man and both I and Nicky will always be grateful to him.
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.
Read more For Nicky and I its been a fairytale. Theres no hiding place from that. We started in the Essex Senior League. You have to believe in football miracles and they have happened here once before in recent history.
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.
New Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley has said it would have been “safer” to stay at previous club Lincoln City.
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.
The 40-year-old was appointed, along with brother and assistant Nicky, by the Championship strugglers on Monday.
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.