Newly appointed Portsmouth manager Danny Cowley has admitted he was warned not to take over at Fratton Park on a short-term basis.
It was announced on Friday that Cowley has been appointed as first-team coach at Fratton Park, with his brother Nicky once again taking a role as his assistant, on a contract until the end of the season.
Now it seems as though the length of that deal, is something that had led to some concerns from some of those the Cowleys have been speaking to, but that they are nevertheless relishing the challenge they face at Fratton Park.
Speaking to The Portsmouth News in the wake of his appointment, Cowley said: “We believe in our skill set, we believe in our work ethic and we believe in Portsmouth as a football club at every level. We feel really privileged to be in this position to be able to manage this club.
“It would have been easy for us not to take this job, there are probably many reasons why we shouldn’t, but life is for living. I want to wake up every day and I really want to live. It might be a short time but I am anticipating a good time.”
Discussing the response they had to the prospect of taking the role under such circumstances, Cowley went on to add: “Who didn’t advise us not to take it! lots of people, but we believe in ourselves. Do you know what, in this world nobody else controls your destiny other than yourself, nobody else has that privilege.
“Nicky and I are wise enough to make decisions for us – and we have been used to making decisions that have set us up for success.”
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Cowley takes over Portsmouth with the club tenth in the League One table, three points adrift of the play-off places, and it seems the new Pompey boss is confident he can overhaul that deficit, as he claimed: “There are 12 games to go and we have got to start affecting that performance quickly and that’s a huge challenge