Cowley denies Wednesday manager talks

Sheffield Wednesday
West Brom have opened talks with Lincoln boss Danny Cowley as they step up their hunt for a new manager.

Lincoln City boss Danny Cowley has played down reports linking him with the vacant Sheffield Wednesday job, insisting he’s had no contact from the Owls.

Wednesday have been without a head coach since Steve Bruce forced through a move to Newcastle United in July, with Lee Bullen taking the reins in a temporary capacity.

The former Owls midfielder has overseen a mixed start to the Championship campaign at Hillsborough, winning three and losing three of the first six matches, while getting the better of local rivals Rotherham in the EFL Cup second round.

Bullen has not hidden his desire to be given the job long-term but three defeats in the last four matches have curtailed talks he could be named Bruce’s permanent successor.

Cowley is the odds-on favourite with bookmakers to move into the Hillsborough hot-seat, having made a name for himself by transforming the fortunes of Lincoln City.

The Imps were a non-league club when Cowley and his brother Nicky were appointed in 2016 and he has guided them to back-to-back promotions.

He has also tasted EFL Trophy success last year, as well as orchestrating a superb FA Cup run while they were a National League club, memorably guiding them to the quarter-finals in 2017.

Lincoln have made an excellent start to life in League One with Cowley at the helm and Wednesday were reported to be keen to bring him to South Yorkshire after a protracted search.

However, ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Wycombe, the Lincoln boss has denied having spoken to the Owls.

“It would be nice to put it [the speculation] behind me, but I’m not sure if I can, You guys [the media] always seem to know more than I do,” said Cowley.

“Ultimately, that’s where it is. There’s been no contact from Sheffield Wednesday and we’ve already spoken about Huddersfield.”

Despite Cowley having denied any contact, reports from Lincolnshire Live suggest the club are expecting an approach to be made at some point in the near future.

Cowley has previously been linked with a move to Huddersfield with the Terriers and Lincoln agreeing a compensation figure of £1million, only for the 40-year-old to ultimately reject the opportunity.