Charlton Athletic are reportedly interested in a deal to bring Danny Cowley into The Valley as the club’s new manager according to The Portsmouth News.
The Addicks are without a manager after Lee Bowyer left the club on Monday, with the former Leeds and Newcastle United midfielder looking set to take charge at Championship side Birmingham City.
Cowley has been out of work since his short spell with Huddersfield Town came to an end in the summer of 2020, as the Terriers finished 18th in the second-tier standings.
The 42-year-old has previously worked in the lower leagues of English football, having guided Lincoln City to promotion into League One earlier in his managerial career.
Charlton won’t have it all their way to appoint him as their new manager though, with promotion-chasing rivals Portsmouth also interested in landing his signature, after parting company with Kenny Jackett.
We take a look at THREE reasons why Charlton’s reported interest in appointing Cowley makes perfect sense.
He has proven success in the lower leagues
Cowley has previously managed Lincoln City in the lower leagues of English football, and has shown that he can inspire a group of players.
He guided them to two promotions in his time with the Imps, as they worked their way up from the National League into the third-tier.
Having left Lincoln City in favour of a move to Huddersfield Town in 2019, he’s a manager that is clearly highly-rated, and is definitely worth considering for Charlton Athletic, as they go in search of Lee Bowyer’s replacement.
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Cowley has a point to prove
Cowley will surely be slightly frustrated that he wasn’t given much of an opportunity to make his mark on Huddersfield Town before being relieved of his duties in charge of the club.
There might be some surprise that Cowley hasn’t taken another managerial job since his time with the Terriers reached a conclusion.
But he’ll be eager to prove a point after his short spell with Huddersfield Town, and a move to Charlton Athletic could be the ideal opportunity for him to do just that.
A fresh approach is needed at Charlton
Cowley has already shown in the past that his ideas and philosophy as a manager can take teams in the right direction. He guided Huddersfield to safety in the Championship last term, but also won promotion with Lincoln City earlier in his managerial career.
Charlton can use the opportunity of Bowyer’s departure to move forward as a club, and Cowley could be the ideal manager to step into the managerial hot-seat at The Valley.
If he can get the best out of the key Charlton players, then the Addicks will surely fancy their chances of winning promotion into the Championship this term.