The favourites for the Ipswich managers role, Danny and Nicky Cowley, have confirmed they’re set to sign fresh deals at Sincil Bank, keeping them at the League Two for the foreseeable future.
Cowley has been favourite to take over from Mick McCarthy since the moment his departure from Portman Road was announced, and a FLW exclusive revealed Ipswich had earmarked him as their number one target. Instead of leaving Lincoln, Cowley has revealed he is set to sign a new deal very soon.
Speaking to Lincolnshire Live he said; “That [staying] has always been the plan. I keep saying it but no-one seems to listen. As I’ve said before, when you’re enjoying it, learning every day and feel valued, I don’t see the need to move away from that pathway. I’m just focused on the team. I won’t allow it [speculation] to affect my focus because I know if it does then the results suffer. So you’ll have to trust me and trust what I’m saying and allow us to do what we need to do.”
Lincoln are currently eighth in League Two after a surprise 1-0 defeat away at Port Vale this weekend, but with enough games in hand to break into the top seven. Danny Cowley is already the joint most successful manager in their history, winning two pieces of silverware in his 22 month tenure, eclipsing the record of Bill Anderson who was in charge for 19 years, from 1946 through to 1965.
“The last 20 months we’ve had have been a football miracle, but it’s not a nine to five job,” continued Cowley. “You’ve got to turn up day in, day out, game in, game out and be relentless. There’ll be no passengers where I’m going. We need everybody firing and everybody contributing.”
Ipswich will now turn their attentions elsewhere, with current St Mirren boss Jack Ross currently rumoured to be a target.
This is great news, at least for Lincoln City. Ipswich fans might find it astonishing that a League Two manager would prefer to stay put, but it indicates the size of the task in hand at Portman Road. Mick McCarthy took a huge amount of stick from his own fans, but he’s widely regarded as doing a great job on a tight budget.
Tony Mowbray and Paul Hurst have been amongst the favourites, but who ends up there remains to be seen. There will be a lot of very happy Imps around today though, fears of losing their favourite Essex boys have finally been allayed.
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