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About time we had a poll - Evans, Cowley or Cooper?

Discussion in 'The 'Rob Dunkley' League Two Forum' started by Vanni, Jun 18, 2017.

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Who will be the first one to leave his club?

  1. Evans

  2. Cooper

  3. Cowley

  4. Yay! A Poll!

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  1. Vanni

    Vanni Well-Known Member

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    Right, it's clear to pretty much everybody that the chance of these three guys all seeing out the whole season with their respective clubs is very slim indeed. It could be that they will be poached by a bigger club (Evans) or simply a case of a manager getting the sack mid-season (Cooper). Or when some club discover that their manager is not all that and he's just another overrated fella (Cowley).

    So what do you guys think. Dale Vince reckons L2 ain't that hard, so it's easy to see Cooper getting the sack as early as late October if FGR aren't going that well. Similar to Evans' situation at Mansfield - a poor start will make Carolyn ask questions, while otoh an excellent start to the season will see the big boys snooping around Field Mill. Cowley's position is a bit different as I think their BOD will stick with him if they're not doing great, but will surely attract more media attention than he usually gets(if that's even possible) if the Imps get off to a flying start. And more media attention only means more interested parties.

    Personally, I reckon Evans will be the first out of the three to move. Upwards not downwards.
     
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  2. Look Out There Are Llamas

    Look Out There Are Llamas Llamas ._.

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    Danny Cowley will be the first to leave. He will join Southend in October. Calling it now.
     
  3. Aber gas

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    Oh, I thought it was who's the biggest knobhead.
     
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  4. Look Out There Are Llamas

    Look Out There Are Llamas Llamas ._.

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    Needs more SISU,
     
  5. Imp in Branston

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    Oh no not Costa Del Southend. I was hoping we could keep the Cowleys until at least Christmas. (Sob).
     
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    Grit and determination to see stuff through? :dk:
     
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    Look Out There Are Llamas Llamas ._.

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    To be fair, I've been calling it for ages. Hull will be a disappointing 17th in October, Brown will return, paving the way for an Essex (well, erm, East London) boi to lead an Essex club to the Championship.... Only to last until April with Southend hovering a point above the drop zone before Uncle Ron pulls the trigger.

    Cowley then comes back to Lincoln in the new season, lasts two seasons where he leads yous to a 17th and 22nd placed finish and then ends up back at Concord. His career then follows a similar trajectory to Steve Tilson.
     
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    With a bit of luck it'll be Gareth Ainsworth as he's a **** that makes us play horrible tactics,Westley mk 2. :mad::mad:
     
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  14. Imp in Branston

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    Do you want to do a challenge forum bet that Danny Cowley won't still be Lincoln manager come November?
     
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    He's done wonders for your tinpot mess of a club. Should have some respect tbh
     
  17. GodsGift

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    Cowley will end up going the furthest out of the three, he and his brother are destined for big things. But right now you'd have to go with Evans.

    Can't see Cowley going to Southend btw. He's well above that and has already turned down clubs above that level.
     
  18. Grecian O'Grecian

    Grecian O'Grecian Well-Known Member

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    Which clubs has he turned down?
     
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    I can, just purely because he'd be where his family is, his wife still works in a school in Rayleigh. He chats to the local rag more than Phil Brown does as well.
    Brown touts himself for every job in the Championship and above so it's not like anyone at Southend expects him to stick around, it's frankly amazing he is still here now. I'd say Cowley will be the number 1 target if he departs this season and if the club are in a decent position league wise I reckon Cowley would have a stab at a promotion bid in league 1.
    I don't expect this to happen btw, I'm expecting Brown to have another stab at completing his personal clean sweep of playoff final victories, no matter how much he tries to manoeuvre for his old job at Hull or a position on the England coaching team.
     
  20. Luke Imp

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    I think all three will still be with their Clubs come the final game of the season.
     
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    Been saying Cowley will be in a L1 relegation battle by Christmas for a while now, so I'll stick with that.
     
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    Yeah right, he took us to within 2 goals of getting relegated to The Conference 3 seasons ago :whistle: Aber if your manager had Rovers using the same soul destroying tactics i'm sure you'd want him gone.
     
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    Hartlepool and Forest are two we know about, but there's been plenty of others who have shown interest according to our chairman.

    I wouldn't rule it out completely, because the Cowleys do seem to be the type to work with clubs where they're settled and can put together some sort of project. Last season I was half expecting them to jump ship to someone like yourselves or Colchester, if the chance came along. But last season's cup run changed everything in terms of their profile and they're now being linked with Championship jobs. Just recently Norwich said they had seriously considered taking them, but opted to go with that German fella from Dortmund.

    There's also the compensation fee to factor in as well. It probably wouldn't be an issue for the Championship clubs but it might be a bit of a stretch for L1 sides.
     
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    500k compo I believe for our manager, Grimsby were after both times their managers left last season and some of their fans on the fishy reckoned they could easily afford that due to the Bogle windfall.
     
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    Right now, the other 2 aren't even comparible to Evans, not even in the same league (well, technically they are!). The compensation we'd be after for Evans would be high, we've a project this season and I suspect he'll do well next year.

    Evans has a past record of 9 promotions, the Cowleys have had what could turn out to be 1 lucky season with Lincoln. Cheltenham were promoted with 101 points the other season and struggled - Paul Cox won the conference with us setting a conference record of 12 games in a row and couldn't adapt to league football despite an excellent pedigree in non-league.

    I dare say they will go on to have decent careers, and look forward to theirs and Lincolns progress this season. They'd be best off having a season in the league, as they've never managed in it - last season was the weakest conference in many a year. Do well next season in the league and their stock will understandably and rightfully rise. I expect Lincoln (IMO) to push for the play-offs

    Cooper is the manager i've never been keen on, never done that much but seemingly still gets decent jobs.

    In short, i'd expect Cooper to go with the other 2 staying the season and at least 1 of them being promoted
     
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    :lol::lol:

    They've had 4 promotions in 10 seasons - were they all lucky? Getting part-time Braintree to 3rd in the Conference, was that luck? Knocking out Oldham, Ipswich, Brighton and Burnley in the FA Cup - all down to luck as well?
     
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    Cooper - aka Charlie Chuckles - will bomb in L2. Guaranteed.
     
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    I know what you're saying about at this level, and I'd agree but 4 promotions and 5 (I think) Play-Offs in their 10 seasons isn't to be sniffed at, along with 6 cups, getting Concord the furthest in their history in the FA Cup (losing to you lot in the end), leading Braintree to their highest finish and also what he did with us last season isn't a fluke. They have a stupid win ratio over 430 or so games of 55% odd.

    Lets remember most of Evans success actually came in non-league, not in the FL. His non-league success is actually less than what the Cowleys have achieved and they've done so on smaller budgets (bearing in mind his dodgy dealings at Boston and £££ at Crawley).
     
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    Of course not, but going on a cup run doesn't mean you'll cut it in the league, does it? Cox won 3 or so promotions in 4/5 seasons in non-league - doing wonders with Eastwood for instance - didn't do him much use up here. Again, the Cowleys probably have the ability to go a lot further, but there's no guarantee

    As I said in the original post, I imagine you'll be playoff bound. But surely their stock would be higher still if they have had that season in the league doing well as what they've achieved already? I'm not dissing the lads, they've clearly got ability - just there is that (right or wrong) stigma of non-league and folk will sit up and notice if you take the league by storm next season
     
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    I don't doubt any of that, they've still got it all to prove this season and I'm sure they will. Just don't say last season was lucky cos' that's obviously bollocks.
     
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