This article is part of Football League World’s ‘Regular Punter’ series, where we gather original opinions from select, passionate fans of the clubs concerned on matters surrounding their team and share them with a wider audience…
Lincoln City have recently announced that Danny Cowley has left the club to join Huddersfield Town.
Cowley spent a number of years with the Imps, and guided them to two promotions in his time with the club. But he’s made the move to the Championship club, who will be keen to improve after a poor start to this year’s campaign.
Football League World’s Lincoln City fan pundit Nathan Loveridge insisted that the club’s promotion bid this season will depend on who is to replace Cowley in charge of the League One side.
“Although I feel that we were never in a bid for promotion this season anyway, it all depends on what kind of manager the board decide to bring in to replace Cowley.
“Many transfers this window were made for Lincoln to play an expansive, technical, possession-based football, which is integral for us having success in a more difficult league, hence having so many players brought in to play this style of football.
“If for example, we get a manager who’s style of football is long-ball, physicality oriented play: we don’t really have the players, or squad numbers to pull that off, and most likely won’t find success.
“The main thing is finding a manager who can keep that winning mentality going, and playing the same kind of football that we were doing under the Cowleys.”
The regular punter isn’t expecting to see many of the Lincoln squad to follow Cowley to Huddersfield, and claimed that the majority of the Imps squad aren’t capable of adjusting to the step-up to the Championship.
“I don’t expect many players to leave for Cowley’s Huddersfield in January, primarily because they’re not of the quality that a struggling Championship side need.
“The only players that are young enough or that have enough quality would be players like Bruno Andrade, Harry Anderson or Jack Payne (although he just recently departed Huddersfield on a free) – the rest I don’t feel would successfully make the jump to Championship football, at least at the moment.
“Saying that, however, Huddersfield’s squad is filled with somewhat questionable quality – but I don’t see the likes of Harry Anderson or Bruno Andrade replacing players like Steve Mounie or Elias Kachunga, who both have Premier League experience.”
Lincoln will be hoping that they can get off to a positive start without Cowley when they take on Bristol Rovers at the weekend.