This is the story of how a young man saved a struggling Division Two outfit and then took them to the dizzy heights of the Premier League.

The tale also compares the meteoric rise of this same man with our very own Danny Cowley.

First things first.

The manager who worked wonders in 2009 with Bournemouth was of course Eddie Howe.

His side were handed a minus 17 points penalty when he was appointed as saviour at the tender age of 31. The following year his team won promotion.

After a brief spell in charge at Burnley, Howe returned to Bournemouth and  won two further promotions in three seasons.

Eddie Howe is now one of the few English managers in The Premier League and is being tipped to be the next man in charge at Arsenal depending on the future of Arsene Wenger.

What has this comparison got to do with Danny Cowley?

The key words are success, intelligence, age and enthusiasm.

Danny has had tasted success at Concord Rangers, Braintree Town and now Lincoln who happen to be riding high at the top of the National League, who face Ipswich in the Third Round of the Emirates FA Cup on Saturday and who are in Round Two of the FA Trophy.

Lincoln City fans are well aware of these facts.

With regards intelligence both Howe and Cowley have introduced their own specific scientific methods on training and fitness resulting in regimes where injury statistics are low and performance levels are high.

Both are aged 38. Both have the enthusiasm that has spread through the respective areas where they operate.

Eddie Howe has proved that through innovation, risk-taking and sheer hard work, success can be achieved.

Danny and brother Nicky  are building on past successes.

Eddie Howe has made it to the top. Danny and Nicky are on their way.

And as a gentle reminder let me mention what happened to a young Lincoln City manager in the 1970s called Graham Taylor.

He reached the very top.

My gut feeling is that Danny and Nicky will follow suit.


Peter Hayward



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