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Danny Cowley reveals warning he was given before his Portsmouth appointment

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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

“Certainly our focus is on performance, but the challenge is to get into the play-offs – and then, if we do, maybe we can win a football match for this club in the play-offs!”
Following confirmation of his appointment, Cowley’s first game in charge of Portsmouth comes on Saturday afternoon, when they host fellow promotion hopefuls Ipswich Town at Fratton Park.
The Verdict
You can certainly understand why some might have advised the Cowleys not to take this position in the circumstances.
Given they are only contracted until the end of the season, if things do not work out here, then there will be no long-term job security at Fratton Park, and it could also make securing an appointment elsewhere difficult.
As a result, there can be no doubt that there is something of a risk that the Cowleys have taken by accepting this role.
However, if it does record, and you feel they have the ability to make that happen, then this could open up a big opportunity for the duo, potentially in the form a return to the Championship.

UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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