Pompey sack Cowley

Published: 02/01/2023

Portsmouth have dismissed manager Danny Cowley just 24 hours after a 3-1 defeat at home to Charlton.


A run of 1 win in 13 games was ultimately seen as too much to recover from for Cowley, with assistant head coach and brother Nicky Cowley also departing the club.


Speaking to the Club website, CEO Andy Cullen said:


 “We are desperately disappointed that, following our recent run of results, we have today made the difficult decision to part company with Danny and Nicky.


“Both Danny and Nicky have given everything to Pompey, working so hard inside and outside of the training ground with a determination to bring success – not just to the football club, but to the city of Portsmouth and the wider community.


“Danny and Nicky both really understand Portsmouth and they should look back with pride at the progress and innovation they have delivered at the club.


“We will forever be grateful to them for their personal commitment towards reinvigorating the special connection between the football club and our community. We all wish Danny and Nicky success in everything they go on to do.


“We must now look forward and with 24 league games still to play, we will focus all our efforts towards delivering the targets we set for this season. The search for a new coaching team will commence immediately.”


Portsmouth will need to move quickly in order to make the most of the January Transfer Window, as it’s very difficult for Hughes to sign players when he doesn’t have a manager to recruit for. Portsmouth will travel to Tottenham on Saturday, and it’s yet to be confirmed which member of staff will be in charge for that fixture, or whether the Blues are confident they will have their next permanent manager before then.


The 1898 would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Danny & Nicky Cowley. Regardless of our current form and league position, they made a huge difference when they joined the club. Their work with supporters, the community and the City as a whole was incredible. They certainly made me care about the Club again, after years of apathy and insignificance under Jackett. We wish them every success in their next job and beyond.