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Favourites to become next Lincoln City boss

After Danny Cowley left Lincoln City for Huddersfield Town yesterday, we’ve taken a look at who are favourites for the job at Sincil Bank.

It was reported he looked to be the new Sheffield Wednesday manager, but they went with Garry Monk, Danny Cowley turned down Huddersfield, but since made a U-turn, and he’s explained why.

In a statement on the Lincoln website, Cowley said: “Nicky [his brother] and I have a burning ambition to challenge ourselves at the highest possible level.

“We do not know if an opportunity as good as this one will come around again and we never want to live with regret.

“To everyone associated with Lincoln City Football Club, this without doubt, (is) the hardest decision of our lives that Nicky and I have had to make.

“We know that many people may not understand, but we feel the least we can do is offer you an explanation.

“The past three and a half years have been so unbelievably special. It has simply been a fairy tale for Nicky and I.”

Take a look at who are the top six favourites below and on the next page.



Nigel Adkins has been out of a job since June 2019, after he decided against renewing his contract at Hull City stating that his and the club’s futures were “not aligned”.

In his first full season in charge, Adkins led the club from 19th to a comfortable 13th place finish in the Championship table, winning 17 of their 46 games.

He has also managed Sheffield United, Reading, Southampton, Scunthorpe United and Bangor City as well as had time with the latter club, Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers as a player.


Scunthorpe United
League One winners: 2006–07
League One play-offs: 2009

League One runner-up: 2010–11
Championship runner-up: 2011–12

Current odds on Sky Bet: 12/1



Jamie McCombe was a defender for Lincoln City, where he is now employed as a coach. He’s had two spells with the club, one between 2004-2006 and another currently since 2016.

He’s also played for Scunthorpe United, Halifax, Bristol City, Huddersfield, Preston, Doncaster and Stevenage.

Current odds on Sky Bet: 12/1



Phil Parkinson is currently unemployed after resigning as manager of Bolton Wanderers with the club in crisis at the time. They were in administration since May, were handed a 12 point deduction for their first season back in League One and were forced to postponed one of their fixtures due to welfare concerns for their young players they had no choice putting out each game.

Parkinson has previously managed Bradford City, Charlton Athletic, Hull City and Colchester United, all between 2003 and 2016.

He’s also played for Southampton, Reading and Bury.


Colchester United
League One runners up: 2005–06 season

Charlton Athletic
Reached the League One playoffs: 2009-10 season

Bradford City
Reached the League Cup final (lost 5-0 to Swansea): 2012-13 season
League Two playoff winners: 2012-13 season
Reached FA Cup quarter finals: 2014-15 season
Reached the League One playoffs: 2015-16 season

Current odds on Sky Bet: 8/1


Take a look at the top three favourites on the next page.


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