Portsmouth appoint a new manager in Danny Cowley with a deal agreed and contract details revealed according to reports on Wednesday morning.
Danny Cowley has agreed to become the new Portsmouth manager on a three-month contract, the reliable Football Insider exclusively revealed.
The ex-Huddersfield Town and Lincoln City boss will replace Kenny Jackett, who was sacked on Sunday following defeat to Salford City in the Papa John’s Trophy.
Cowley had reportedly initially been put off by the terms offered by the League One club, with Daniel Stendel also wanting a longer deal and Neil Harris being ruled out .
However a Portsmouth source has told Football Insider that Cowley has agreed a three-month contract with the club running for the rest of the 2020/21 season.
As expected, he will be joined by his brother Nicky Cowley given the challenge of getting the club back into the playoffs and tasked with getting promotion.
The pair have been out of work since leaving Huddersfield last July with one match of the 2019-20 season remaining.
Portsmouth have 12 matches of their campaign remaining and are will be hoping to provide the top-six with a challenge despite Tuesday’s loss to Peterborough United.
Pompey, who have been under Joe Gallen in temporary charge, slumped to a sixth defeat in their last eight league games.
That leaves them 10th in the League One table and three points adrift of the final play-off spot.
Jackett took charge at Fratton Park in the summer of 2017 and guided the club to finishes of eighth, fourth and fifth in League One.
His highlight as Pompey boss came in 2019 when he led the club to win the EFL Trophy at Wembley Stadium.
DANNY COWLEY’S RECORD:
Concord Rangers – 27 June 2008 until 30 April 2015 – 381 games, 201 wins, 76 draws, 104 defeats, 52.8 win %
Braintree Town – 30 April 2015 until 13 May 2016 – 53 games, 26 wins, 13 draws, 14 defeats, 49.1 win %
Lincoln City – 13 May 2016 until 9 September 2019 – 184 games, 98 wins, 48 draws, 38 defeats, 53.3 win %
Huddersfield Town – 9 September 2019 until 19 July 2020 – 40 games, 13 wins, 11 draws, 16 defeats, 32.5 win %
Total – 658 games, 338 wins, 148 draws, 172 defeats, 51.4 win %
League Two: 2018–19
EFL Trophy: 2017–18
National League: 2016–17
Fans reacted as Portsmouth appoint Danny Cowley as their new manager with a deal agreed and contract details revealed…
Only explanation is they have a better candidate lined up in the summer? Or maybe it’s a try before you buy 😂
— Luke Hill (@Hilly69er) March 17, 2021
@PFCRhys_: Kenny was given support and backing when he first came here, only right we do the same for Danny Cowley, whether you wanted him or not. Time to save the season
@weltch15: Just listened to a podcast with him on. Spoke very well and sounds like he takes every part of the job very seriously. A good talker so assuming he won the owners over in his interview. Hoping he can be a very good appointment
@JackMcGac: I like that he’s willing to take it on short term, shows that’s he’s willing to back himself to convince the owners to get it full time.
@Steve_Wrixon: I think it’s a good move and taking it short term shows he does back himself to sort the squad out. Let’s hope he manages it and gets the team playing and scoring again!
@blublud84: Very underwhelmed. Hopefully he proves me wrong.
@capfc11: To me this shows that Danny Cowley has the confidence to turn things around, prove his worth & earn a longer contract in the summer! Time for #Pompey fans to show their support and not write him off before a ball is even kicked!!
@RobShiers: Backs himself to make an impact short term. Like that. I think he will do better than people think. Retweet this when we end up 17th #Pompey
@DanColes3: Fully behind this, odd the amount of people writing him off the past few days. Important to remember there’s only 13 games left, playing Sat/Tues until the end of the season. Not much time to fully implement a new style no matter the manager, all about results for now #Pompey
@AdamGoodwin__: A good move all round. So much potential at #Pompey, shouldn’t be playing in League One. Cowley’s a top manager and I’m confident they’ll be serious promotion contenders next season.
@pBuckley05: Danny cowley’s blue and white army! New era
@lukehookings: The more I read about Cowley the more the idea grows on me, Stendel has been my number one choice since the start but it seems as if Cowley has got the job, hoping he can adapt his style and tactics to what the supporters would like to see. Fans have to back him. #Pompey
@wearelutontown: Fantastic appointment for Pompey.
@wayneharrispfc: 88pts is the max now for #Pompey but this season what total would be sufficient? Saturday is now a huge game. New boss? old boss, play-off rivals. Is 12 games enough time for a new man to come in and achieve a play off. One thing I do know is, it’ll give everyone a lift. PUP
@MrRichAnthony: Cowleys wouldn’t be my choice. But if @pompey appointed them, would have to give them til season’s end to be fair. Won’t hold my breath about promotion though this season.
@Amy_Redsull: CHAMPIONSHIP HERE WE COME
@JackMulhall92: To the negative #Pompey fans – there ain’t no better football than winning football. I watched it for three years and loved every minute!
@FookingEll: Feels like we are finally get our club back. What a feeling!
@ConnorPFC1997: Fans who aren’t happy with Danny Cowley hasn’t seen a Danny Cowley team play. He’s a great manager with great ideas and will bring new tactics to a style of play that we already play and sometimes it’s not how we play that’s the problem it just needs fresh ideas. #Pompey
@MichaelGrimmett: So, Danny Cowley is going to be the new #pompey boss. Not my personal first, second or third choice. I’d be happy to be proven wrong, Stendel was my first choice.
@James_Robbins28: Would Danny Cowley have been my top round of choices, definitely not. However, if he can turn this sinking ship around and restructure the club like some of the reports say then it could go a long way to explaining why I am not the CEO of a club. #Pompey
@vaughanyyy96: Danny cowley blue and white army!! A very good appointment in my opinion and clearly has a philosophy he is setting out too achieve. Will back him like I did Kenny at the start and see what happens
@Ashfistin: Having watched a few interviews with Danny Cowley and hearing his principles I’m actually excited at the prospect of him becoming #Pompey boss!!
@PORTSMOUTHFCLEE: I’d personally be happy with Danny Cowley as Portsmouth manager! Incredible record at Lincoln! Had a tough spell at Huddersfield but I rate him and his brother highly #pompey
@bradleyjw97: The more and more I look up Danny Cowley, the more and more he suits Pompey down to a tee
@LutonAnalytics: Danny Cowley as Pompey manager – that fits scarily well.
@Bry_Brassett: Like what I’ve seen from Danny Cowley, I’d be happy with him #pompey
@andysmithpfc: Good listen and insight into Danny Cowley . Changed my opinion and would welcome him at Fratton