With Nigel Adkins vacating his role as Hull City manager on Saturday, the future suddenly looks very unclear for the Championship club.
Despite securing a mid-table finish last month, there is no guarantees that they will be able to replicate or better this next season, especially if they appoint the wrong replacement for the former Southampton boss.
Whereas no official talks have taken place with possible successors, the club’s supporters have already had their say on who they want to take over this summer.
On a poll conducted by Hull Live, Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley received 23% of the vote with Tony Pulis coming a distant second with 13%.
One of English football’s most exciting young coaches, the 40-year-old could very well be the perfect man to take the Tigers forward.
Therefore, with this in mind, here are three reasons why we think Cowley should be Hull’s number one choice…
He has achieved heroics at Lincoln
When Cowley arrived at Sincil Bank in 2016, Lincoln were in desperate need of a change in fortunes having finished 13th in the National League.
After winning over the confidence of his players by introducing them to his style of place, the ex-Braintree Town boss led the club to the title in his first season in charge whilst also taking them all the way to the FA Cup quarter-finals.
Yet his success has not stopped there as Cowley inspired the Imps to secure another promotion earlier this year which confirmed his calibre as a coach.
Given his heroics at Lincoln, Hull should seriously consider swooping for him over the coming weeks.
He is no stranger to working on a tight budget
As is the case for the vast majority of lower league teams, Lincoln have had to adhere to a relatively tight budget in recent years in order to stay afloat, leaving Cowley with the tough task of bringing in the right players for the right price.
Whereas many managers would falter under this kind of pressure, the Imps boss has instead demonstrated that he has a real eye for a bargain with the likes of Neal Eardley and Harry Toffolo excelling after being signed for free.
With Hull’s owner Assem Allam not expected to splash the cash during the transfer window, it could be argued that their only chance of achieving success next season is by bringing in a manager like Cowley who knows all the tricks of the trade when it comes to recruitment.
He has a proven track-record of getting the best out of his players
A trailblazer for the next generation of managers, Cowley’s tactical approach has allowed him to get the very best out of his players at Lincoln over the past three years which has culminated in two promotions.
Although it may be slightly out of Hull’s remit to demand a sustained push for a top-two finish next year, if they appoint Cowley, there is no reason why they cannot be in the play-off mix.
With the Tigers having talented individuals such as Jarrod Bowen and Jackson Irvine at their disposal, the Imps boss could use what he has learnt at Sincil Bank to further their development.