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On 01/03/2021 at 16:35, Richard Oakley said:

The Cowleys could be on Doncaster's radar.

Let's beat Doncaster to getting the Cowley Bros signed up.

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Established Championship club ✅ Recent history of Premier League football ✅ Squad packed with quality, including 2nd highest scorer in the league and a returning Dack ✅ No forced sales

Alex Neil -  Young manager sourced by Norwich from Hamilton - Takes them up via play offs beating their hated rivals along the way.  Can't stay up but then gets sacked when they are 8th in the Champ.

With Mark Hughes it boils down to how eager he is to return to management and repair his damaged reputation or if he is happy to relax and wait for something to come along that genuinely excites him.

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My (admittedly pointless) revised shortlist of people we need to be making contact with asap. Even if we are deluding ourselves that Mowbray can turn this around soon we have to put the wheels in motion on a back up plan in case he doesn't. Given the stage we are getting to this needs to move quickly and on that basis I've ignored those who are contracted at other clubs simply because the remotely decent ones, such as Rowett, Ismael, Neil, aren't going to be easy to get out of their existing clubs at this stage of a season.

1) Cowley

2) Hughes

3) Monk

4) Wagner

I'm honestly short on other suggestions just now that I'd be confident a) would take the job b) would be obtainable and affordable c) I would have confidence in them immediately delivering results

I'd expect both Pulis and Adkins to be on the agency list but on that basis alone I wouldn't want either but even if they weren't agency list I'd avoid based on recent records.

Venus, Johnson are potentially suicidal.

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7 minutes ago, jim mk2 said:

What's the enthusiasm for the Cowleys? They didn't last 5 minutes at Huddersfield

I think they are worth a punt. Incredible record at Lincoln and sorted out a real mess at Huddersfield when they looked like they might go straight through to League One. Achieved what they were tasked with doing. Huddersfield haven't improved since they left.

Recharged, refreshed, ready to work. An educated gamble.

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13 minutes ago, JHRover said:

My (admittedly pointless) revised shortlist of people we need to be making contact with asap. Even if we are deluding ourselves that Mowbray can turn this around soon we have to put the wheels in motion on a back up plan in case he doesn't. Given the stage we are getting to this needs to move quickly and on that basis I've ignored those who are contracted at other clubs simply because the remotely decent ones, such as Rowett, Ismael, Neil, aren't going to be easy to get out of their existing clubs at this stage of a season.

1) Cowley

2) Hughes

3) Monk

4) Wagner

I'm honestly short on other suggestions just now that I'd be confident a) would take the job b) would be obtainable and affordable c) I would have confidence in them immediately delivering results

I'd expect both Pulis and Adkins to be on the agency list but on that basis alone I wouldn't want either but even if they weren't agency list I'd avoid based on recent records.

Venus, Johnson are potentially suicidal.

Cowleys for me too.

Don't rate Monk in the slightest. Other than that agree with your post almost entirely. Bit harsh on Johnson possibly, risky and timing not ideal now but could be great.

Venus would be be beyond suicidal. Isn't he meant to be Tony's ace transfer negotiator who I also read somewhere (might have been in connection with Coventry) Tony also thought was a genius at juggling figures?

"Write the theme tune Sing the theme tune...."

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1 minute ago, RevidgeBlue said:

CowleysDon't rate Monk in the slightest. Other than that agree with your post almost entirely. Bit harsh on Johnson possibly, risky and timing not ideal now but could be great.

Venus would be be beyond suicidal. Isn't he meant to be Tony's ace transfer negotiator who I also read somewhere (might have been in connection with Coventry) Tony also thought was a genius at juggling figures?

"Write the theme tune Sing the theme tune...."

Monk's an odd fellow and goes through clubs at a rapid rate. I wouldn't be overly keen but I do think his record is better than people credit him for. He had to work with horrendous conditions and points deductions at Birmingham and Sheff Wed and both have gone backwards since he left.

Rather him than Pulis, Venus, Adkins, Johnson but in an ideal world we'd look elsewhere. It was more looking at available firefighters who would take the job and know the beast they were dealing with. I think Monk would.

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6 minutes ago, JHRover said:

I think they are worth a punt. Incredible record at Lincoln and sorted out a real mess at Huddersfield when they looked like they might go straight through to League One. Achieved what they were tasked with doing. Huddersfield haven't improved since they left.

Recharged, refreshed, ready to work. An educated gamble.

 

All managers are a gamble to some extent but it's odd that they were shown the door at Huddersfield so soon. What was the reason? And if they are so highly regarded why have been out of work for the past 8 months?

My biggest regret is that the likes of McCarthy, Warnock, Pearson and Allardyce have all been available over the past 12 months or so. I'd have welcomed any of them to the club. 

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2 minutes ago, jim mk2 said:

 

All managers are a gamble to some extent but it's odd that they were shown the door at Huddersfield so soon. What was the reason? And if they are so highly regarded why have been out of work for the past 8 months?

My biggest regret is that the likes of McCarthy, Warnock, Pearson and Allardyce have all been available over the past 12 months or so. I'd have welcomed any of them to the club. 

Indeed. We've squandered so many opportunities and now the options and timescales so much more limited.

They were sacked at Huddersfield due to disagreements on their structure. The Cowleys wanted to manage and be in sole charge of recruitment, whereas their Chairman wanted a head coach structure which they've now got with the young Spanish bloke there. 

As for why they've been out so long who knows. Maybe it was part of his severance deal with Huddersfield that he needed to stay out, maybe he's been waiting for a Championship offer and rejected lower division clubs, maybe he just wanted a year rest like many do.

I just think here and now he's the best contender out there, and he'd take the job and embrace it as the biggest job of his career rather than us having to twist someone's arm to come here.

He's probably not got the right agent though for this club so wouldn't get it even if he offered to do it for free.

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9 minutes ago, Fraserkirky said:

I think if you make it too summer, Frank Lampard becomes a very sexy choice

Great player but I wasn't particularly impressed with him as a manager at either Derby or Chelsea.

On the plus side would raise the profile of the Club and would let the youngsters express themselves.

Not going to want to come here though is he?

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