The respected local reporter Alan Biggs is ‘prepared to believe’ that Sheffield Wednesday privately offered their manager’s job to the new Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley.
Wednesday appointed Garry Monk as Steve Bruce’s permanent successor on Friday, with Cowley and his younger brother Nicky sworn in at Huddersfield three days later.
The latter was strongly linked with the Hillsborough vacancy but stressed at his unveiling that there was no approach from the Owls to Lincoln City – his previous club.
But writing in his column for The Star on Wednesday, Biggs explains: “(I) thought I detected an interesting pause on Tuesday when, having asked Danny Cowley to clarify the situation, he said: ‘There was no contact from Sheffield Wednesday … to Lincoln City.'”
Biggs goes on to suggest that “an unchanged management model may not have suited the Cowleys, who eventually persuaded Huddersfield to allow them full control of transfers”.
Though it may seem backward, it is often the case that a club will first discuss terms with their prospective new manager before they make a formal approach to his/her employers.
Cowley’s first game in charge of Huddersfield is at home to Monk’s Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday lunchtime.
He finds his new side joint-bottom of the Championship, 12 positions below the Owls.