Cowley – Huddersfield the perfect opportunity

Huddersfield Town
Danny Cowley's joy at reaching the second round of the FA Cup was tempered by the manner of the goals Lincoln conceded in their 3-2 win over Northampton.

Danny Cowley says he had no hesitation in taking over the managerial reins at Huddersfield after describing it as the "perfect opportunity".

The 40-year-old was confirmed as Jan Siewert’s successor at the John Smith’s Stadium on Monday and has put pen to paper on a three-year deal alongside his brother Nicky, who will work as his assistant.

Cowley makes the move to Huddersfield on the back of guiding Lincoln to two promotions over the last three seasons, as well as a run to the quarter-finals of the FA Cup in 2017 when they were still a National League club.

Huddersfield, by contrast, have been on a slippery slide, winning just three league games last season on their way to finishing bottom of the Premier League, while they have taken just one point from their opening six matches back in the Championship.

Despite the contrasting fortunes of the two clubs, Cowley insists he had no hesitation in taking over at Huddersfield and is excited by “the challenge” that awaits him in West Yorkshire.

“You look at the current status in the Championship and respect that it has been a really difficult period for the football club, but that actually excites me because we like a challenge,” Cowley told reporters.

“We always felt the next move would have to be the perfect opportunity and we see this as being the perfect opportunity. We feel we can add value here.”

Huddersfield will be hoping to make a winning start to the Cowley era when they entertain Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday and punters may choose to use their free bet to back the Terriers to claim all three points.

Cowley is hopeful of making a strong start but he is also focused on bringing long-term success to the club.

“The short-term objectives are to find a way to play winning football, but for us it has got to be a long-term project,” Cowley added.

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