Why is the Huddersfield job proving hard to fill?

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Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley has turned down Huddersfield.

When Huddersfield took the decision to part company with manager Jan Siewert they would not have envisaged the problems they are having trying to replace him.

Town fans would also have been hopeful of one of their top targets taking the reins pretty quickly, but appointing the right man is proving to be easier said than done after a couple of top candidates turned it down.

First up Lee Bowyer has opted to stay loyal to Charlton Athletic and rejected the chance to head north and now Lincoln boss Danny Cowley has revealed he has also politely turned down an approach from the Terriers.

So why are rival managers turning down the chance to take charge of Huddersfield?

Town fans will be worried and it would be easy to get paranoid, but there could be one simple answer – loyalty to their current clubs.

Bowyer has without doubt worked wonders under very difficult circumstances at Charlton. Despite working for a club with well documented off-field issues, a limited transfer budget and key players leaving, he still manages to thrive.

It will be difficult to walk away from that, particularly after guiding the club to promotion from League 1 and then starting life in the Championship strongly.

Yes Huddersfield have the bigger budget and the parachute payments from the Premier League to look forward to over the next couple of years but taking charge would still be something of a gamble, and one that Bowyer is not willing to take at this stage.

The same appears to be the case with Cowley, who is not ready to walk away from the fine job he has done at Lincoln City just yet.

Compensation was agreed between the two clubs, and reports have claimed that both Cowley and his assistant, brother Nicky, were offered £1.5million to step up a division and take charge.

Cowley has said Huddersfield are a fantastic club but so is Lincoln and after everything they have built there, they are not willing to uproot their families.

Cowley says it would have to be the ‘perfect’ opportunity. For one reason or another, the Town job is not.

There is talk that Sheffield Wednesday also want the Cowleys and if they did opt to go to Hillsborough after what has just been said, that would set alarm bells ringing.

Town head into the international break rooted in the relegation zone following a disappointing run of results and will be hoping to get the vacancy filled as soon as possible, but it has to be the right man.

Rumours are rife suggesting that Hull City boss Nigel Adkins is the next choice of the Town board and if he were to be offered it and turn it down, then there could be good reason to reach for the panic button.

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