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Cowley: Progress Made, But More To Do

Boss reflects on first year in charge ahead of Wycombe test

18 March 2022

Danny Cowley
Photo: Nigel Keene

Saturday represents the one-year anniversary of Danny Cowley taking charge of Pompey.

It was on March 19 in 2021 that he arrived at Fratton Park with brother Nicky, initially on an interim basis following the departure of Kenny Jackett a few days earlier.

There has been plenty to fill the past 12 months, including a massive overhaul of the squad in the summer and January.

Cowley has been pleased with the work that has already been undertaken in that time, but knows there is much more to be done.

The Blues boss said: “It’s been a busy year and tough at times, but ultimately it’s a privilege to be at this football club.

“Pompey means so much to so many people and so I do feel incredibly honoured to be a part of that.

“There’s been lots of work in every area of the club to bring it to the level we want in order to perform consistently – and there’s plenty still to do.

“But this is a brilliant project and there’s so much opportunity, while we keep making gradual progress.

“I’m not a patient man and so it’s never quick enough for me, but we’ll continue to build the foundations.

“The supporters are what I’m most proud of. They have a love and passion for this team and the city – which means the highs are high and the lows are low.

“I’d much rather have a fan-base that cares so deeply about their club, though. That means a lot to me.”

"It’s been a busy year and tough at times, but ultimately it’s a privilege to be at this football club."

Danny Cowley

Pompey welcome Wycombe to Fratton Park this weekend, while there is then a 17-day gap before their next fixture.

Cowley said: “It’s been a relentless schedule, although we’ve embraced it and have done well in terms of the level of performance.

“There’s been a huge effort from players, staff and – in particular – supporters. The break gives us a chance to freshen up ahead of the final eight games.

“We’ve lost twice in the league since the January transfer window closed – and one of those was at Oxford when we had 10 men for most of the game.

“We believe we’re a good team and the truth is that when successful teams have a disappointment, they respond to that – that’s what we’ll be looking to do.

“Wycombe are a team that was put together in the Championship and they have real power, pace and athleticism.

“They will ask you a lot of questions physically and seem to be mixing their game up a bit now, which can cause more problems.

“We have a lot of respect for Wycombe and they are where they are in the league for a reason, but it’s a great opportunity for us to respond.”

Cowley could welcome back a couple of important attacking players for the contest with the Chairboys.

He said: “Michael Jacobs has trained again, while we also have Marcus Harness available after his suspension and they’re two players we’ve really missed.

“They can receive the ball between the lines and speed up your play, while they have creativity and guile.”


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