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Huddersfield Town have a new management team after Danny Cowley made the move from Lincoln City, also taking his brother Nicky as his assistant, it has been confirmed on the Terriers’ club website.
The Cowleys enjoyed a highly successful three-and-a-half years with the Imps, that saw them promoted from the National League all the way through to League One, and they leave the club currently fifth in the English third tier.
But did the brothers make the right decision jumping ship from Lincoln to Huddersfield?
“I can completely understand why they did, but can’t help but feel it was a mistake on the whole.
“In my eyes, Huddersfield are a little bit of a sinking ship at the moment, whilst Lincoln are very much on the rise, much to the good work of the brothers.
“Imagine achieving a third promotion in four years at Sincil Bank? That’s fairytale stuff and it looked a possibility after a good start to the League One season.
“Surely that’s more of an achievement than keeping Huddersfield in the Championship?
“Yes, they’re a step closer to the Premier League and this job might not come around again, but they can hardly go back in time and finish the job they started with Lincoln.”
“This is an extremely bold move by the Cowley brothers as it seemed as if they were at Lincoln City for the long haul.
“Having transformed the Imps’ fortunes over the past three years by taking them from the Vanarama National League to League One, they will now have to start all over again at Huddersfield Town.
“Considering that the Terriers are currently in the relegation zone in the Championship, the Cowley brothers have a massive task on their hands to bring the feelgood factor back to the John Smith’s Stadium.
“Yet having achieved heroics at Sincil Bank, you wouldn’t put it past them to go on to achieve a relative amount of success in the second-tier over the coming months.”
“In a word, no.
“I completely understand that they feel ready to move to the Championship as they’ve proven themselves over the years but the issue is the club they have chosen.
“The pair have a fantastic reputation in the game and I believe they could have held out for a better job than Huddersfield. They are in a mess right now, the squad looks weak in crucial areas and I’m not sure the new chairman will back them with enough money in the upcoming windows.
“Make no mistake, the immediate challenge is to keep the side in the second-tier, because successive relegations is a real possibility.
“It’s a massive challenge for the Cowley’s to turn things around with the Terriers and I think if they remained patient, more attractive options would have come their way in the coming months.”