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Leon Wobschall, of the Yorkshire Post, believes that Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has the potential to be the ‘new Howard Wilkinson’ at Sheffield Wednesday, should he be appointed.
The Owls enter the international break with an air of uncertainty hanging over caretaker boss Lee Bullen’s head after his side endured a poor run of results towards the end of August.
Pressure appears to be mounting on the 48-year-old’s head following three defeats in four matches in the Championship, which has led to rumours circulating in the press about who their next manager could be.
Wobschall has weighed in with his own thoughts following this week’s news, declaring he could replicate Wilkinson’s footsteps of yesteryear, he said:
“Sheffield Wednesday followers will recall some heady days in the mid-Eighties under one-time Abbeydale School master Howard Wilkinson with genuine fondness to this day.
“The call of home-town club Wednesday proved irresistible for Wilkinson in 1983 when he was at an almost identical age to what the older and more senior Cowley brother is now at 40 and possessed a similar background in the game after starting out in non-league circles at Boston United before moving onto Notts County.”
The paths of these two managers, despite being over two decades apart is eerily similar, and if Cowley does get the job, it could help him settle right in at Hillsborough.
Wilkinson is regarded as one of Wednesday’s most successful managers having led the club to Division One for the first time in 14 years back in 1984.
The Owls have been without Premier League football since 2000, so if Cowley were to come in and replicate that he would have followed suit, but instead banishing an even longer period of time.
The fact that he would be following in the very same footsteps as Wilkinson, having been a school teacher and then working his way up through non-league football, will only help the fanbase resonate with a man that has never managed higher than the level he’s currently at.
If Cowley is appointed then the stars could well align.