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A Team That Portsmouth Can Be Proud Of

Danny Cowley reveals his footballing philosophy

19 March 2021

Danny Cowley

Danny Cowley has laid out his blueprint for success at Pompey.

The former Lincoln and Huddersfield boss has been appointed head coach for the remainder of the season, with his brother Nicky coming in as assistant.

They will be trying to inspire an upturn in form for a side who have recently slipped out of the play-off places.

And the new man in charge believes he has the tools at his disposal to help them climb back up the table.

The Blues boss said: “We believe it’s a players’ game and it’s our job to set them up in order to achieve success.

“We have a clear model of how we like to play – fast, attacking football with a high energy and intensity.

“As a manager you naturally inherit different groups and have to find the best way of playing to be successful.

“But we want the team to think, run and play forwards. Against the ball, we like to be aggressive and press high up the pitch.

"“We have a clear model of how we like to play – fast, attacking football with a high energy and intensity."

Danny Cowley

“That’s how we like the game to be played and you’re always working towards your ideals. That’s the challenge.

“We’re very respectful that there’s a game in less than 24 hours and we didn’t want to fill their minds up too much, so they can’t think for themselves.

“We’ve looked at what’s been before and have spent some time on finding ways of adding to what there already is.

“Slowly but surely – day by day, week by week – we’ll keep adding to what we believe is a team that the people of Portsmouth can be proud of.

“I look at the squad we’ve got and the attributes of those players suit the way we want the game to be played. I think we can find a nice balance.”

The Fratton faithful are having to watch from their homes currently and Cowley wants to deliver success for them

He said: “Clubs are bricks and mortar, but what really makes is a football club is the people. And the most important people are the supporters.

“There’s no doubt about that and we know how important winning is to them. We feel there’s a group here that can do that.”


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