Cowley is best known for his incredible time managing Lincoln City, where following a six-year absence from the football league, he managed to earn promotion with the Imps in his first season, winning the National League title with two games to spare. On top of this, Lincoln became the first conference side to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in over a century, beating the likes of Brighton, Ipswich Town and Premier League outfit Burnley along the way.
The following season saw Lincoln consolidate their status in League Two, winning the EFL Trophy along the way with a 1-0 win against League One side Shrewsbury Town in the final, which was the Imp’s first-ever appearance at Wembley. Cowley then managed to top this by leading Lincoln to the third tier of English football for the first time since 1999 as City won League Two in 2018/19 with an impressive tally of 85 points, six points ahead of Bury in second.
Having had an impressive managerial stint at Lincoln, Cowley was highly touted by a lot of clubs and it was Huddersfield Town who came calling, with the recently relegated Premier League side struggling at the bottom of the Championship. The Terriers had lost several key players from their time in the top flight which was a huge factor for the club’s struggle. During his time at the John Smith’s Stadium, the former Braintree manager did win EFL Championship Manager of the Month in October having gone six games unbeaten. Cowley did what was expected of him, which was to keep the club in the Championship, surprisingly following a 2-1 win against promotion-chasing West Brom, Cowley was sacked and has remained without a job since this happened last July.
This job would suit Cowley, as in his career he has shown that he can make small clubs punch above their weight in Braintree Town and Lincoln and will be looking to get back into management sooner rather than later having spent six months away from football, he is currently priced at 8/1 to become Fleetwood’s next manager.