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Cowley: New Beginnings

Boss aiming to bring success to Pompey

18 May 2021

Danny Cowley
Photo: Joe Pepler/PinPep

Pompey can lay claim to being the most successful English football club south of the capital.

With two top-flight titles and a couple of FA Cups in the trophy cabinet, there is certainly a rich history to be proud of.

But Danny Cowley now wants to help give the Fratton faithful more reasons to be cheerful over the coming years.

After being appointed head coach on a permanent basis last week, he is looking forward to being part of a new era at Pompey.

The Blues boss said: “There are a lot of people associated with this club who like to look back – and I fully understand why that is.

"It very much feels like a new beginning for this great club and we understand the project that’s in front of us."

Danny Cowley

“But for Nicky and myself, the ambition now is to create something that everyone can look forward to.

“We feel we can create a connection with the supporters because we all have something in common – we love football.

“The fans here are the most passionate in the country. It’s the first thing they think of in the morning and the last thing they think of before they go to bed.

“It very much feels like a new beginning for this great club and we understand the project that’s in front of us.

“We see the challenges that lie ahead, but look forward to facing them head on and finding the right solutions.

“The difference between success and failure can be very small and we have to get on the right side of those marginal gains by getting the right people in the right positions.”

Cowley has paid tribute to Mark Catlin, who will shortly be departing as chief executive after eight years at the helm.

He said: “Mark is, without doubt, the best CEO we’ve ever worked with. He’s been brilliant with us from day one and has been incredibly supportive.

"Mark is, without doubt, the best CEO we’ve ever worked with. He’s been brilliant with us from day one and has been incredibly supportive."

Danny Cowley

“He has a unique relationship with the people of Portsmouth and everyone who’s associated with the club.

“We were naturally disappointed when we heard the news, but he feels like it’s the right time and every decision he’s made has been with Pompey’s best interest at heart.

“I’ve spoken with Andy Cullen and can only speak highly of him – both as a person and as a professional.”

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