Category Archives: League One

Portsmouth aPPOINT Danny Cowley as new boss

Portsmouth FC, who are currently looking for a new manager, have gone strangely quiet on this topic in the last few days. Joe Gallen, was the Interim coach for Tuesday night’s game at Peterborough.

The club, however, say they have had a number of applications, but despite their being several names linked to the job, two appear to have rules themselves out completely. Those being Neil Harris and Daniel Stendel. This was on the basis of the appointment Portsmouth are keen on, which is short term until the end of the season. While both Harris and Stendel, wanted longer term contracts.

All of which has apparently left the path clear for the Cowley Brothers. Danny and Nicky Cowley, who have been out of work since leaving Huddersfield. It is understood the club have held extensive talks with the pair and have named them as new coaches of Pompey until the end of the season.

It is not understoood what role if any Joe Gallen will play in the new set up. Gallen has been Kenny Jackett’s right hand man, for several years, but in the wake of Jacketts departure, he was put in sole charge. And judging by the way he donned more formal clothing on Tuesday sees himself as a candidate, but with the Cowleys set to be appointed it might be a different picture.

Fan Excitement

Will the Cowleys appointment give the fans excitement? They certainly were not the coaches that perhaps many were expecting, however, they are still none the less very successful at lower league level

Every club they have been with since starting out at Concord Rangers they have improved and more importantly from Portsmouth’s view, achieved promotion to a higher league.

Their last notable success was with Lincoln City, before the Cowleys’ appointment Lincoln were a non-league side, but under the Cowleys they got promoted back into the Football League & subsequently gained promotion to League One.

This success attracted Huddersfield Town to come calling. The Brothers then left Lincoln, who at the time were riding high in League One to take over at the Yorkshire based club. Sadly for them despite saving The Terriers from relegation, the Cowleys were sacked and have been out of work ever since.

Success

Right now though they may not star names as some other managers are, but if they bring success to Pompey and achieve promotion to the Championship then the Fratton Faithful will be very happy indeed!

The brand of football the Cowleys will bring to Pompey is expansive and attacking so you can be sure given the talented squad the South Coast club have, in my opinion if not automatic promotion, then at the very least the play offs are a certainty. Either way though it is going to be a very exciting end to the season for the club.

Do you think Pompey will be promoted to the Championship at the end of the season? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below…..

Portsmouth’s MANAGERIAL dILemma

Portsmouth Football Club hot on the heels of losing the EFL Check A Trade Trophy Final to Salford on Saturday are now facing a managerial dilemma

Following the shock loss to Salford City on Saturday Kenny Jackett, the first team manager departed the club.

Many die hard Pompey fans will tell you its been long over due. This author, however, was in the camp of seeing what happens at the seasons end That though proved to be a false hope after the result on Saturday

Portsmouth were devoid of ideas and persisted in trying to go through Salford’s packed midfield, which clearly failed to work. When they did finally open the midfield up, they had joy in getting crosses in.

But that digresses from the point…

This brings us to Pompey’s managerial dilemma…

Following Kenny Jackett’s departure his trusted assistant Joe Gallen is in temporary charge for tonights game at Peterborough.

Gallen, according to the clubs website has the job on a game by game basis, while they interview prospective new managers

The dilemma is ultimately of the South-Coast Club’s own making according to Mark Caitlin the CEO

It is like this, Portsmouth are currently just outside the League One play -offs in seventh position. This is because other results went against them on Saturday. There is still 13 games left to play in the 2020/21 season Caitlin has stated that the post is attracting plenty of interest.

So, with this in mind, do they stick with Joe Gallen until the end of the current campaign? Appoint an Interim manager and then weigh up their options again in the summer? Or confirm a permanent manager now and go for it?

Of the many linked names with the vacancy these are just a few of the names that stand out:

Potential Candidates

Daniel Stendel you might recall was in charge of Barnsley, when they got promoted from League One and he got them playing some super football.

He led the Reds to promotion to the Championship at the first attempt as well as winning the EFL League One Manager of The Year award.

This subsequently attracted the attention of Hearts and Stendel was tempted north of the Border to the Scottish Premiership, against the back drop of the Scottish clubs troubles at that time.

Currently now out of work, it is thought he has been interviewed for the job. The sticking point seems to be the length of the contract Portsmouth are offering, as discussed above.

Add into the equation, the fact that AS Nancy in France are also very keen on him and willing to offer him a longer term contract, then it becomes a real dilemma for Portsmouth and one that is of their own making

There are of course other names in the frame, such as Neil Harris, but he is unlikely to excite fans despite the fact that he got Millwall promoted from the Championship.

Danny Cowley, is another linked name, but has previously stated he wants to manager in the Championship following his time at Huddersfield Town.

On the other hand, Cowley has said that he would like the chance to take Pompey there. They are after all: a big club, great history, superb fan base and Cowley has a more than impressive CV, which until the Huddersfield appointment was littered with success and numerous promotions.

So, with all that said what do Portsmouth do? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below….

Will it be Fortress Plough Lane for the DONS?

The Dons will be looking to turn Plough Lane into a fortress once again with victory against the Latics.

The last time the two sides met Wimbledon edged the game 3-2 at Wigan in what was the then Interim Coach Mark Robinson’s first game in charge.

Ironically, since that game Wigan have also dispensed with their manager, and come into tonights game with Leam Richardson in temporary charge.

The Dons have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with regular on loan goalkeeper Sam Walker still out with an injured knee. So that will mean Wimbledon Youth Product Nik Tzanev continues between the sticks.

Tzanev will be looking to keep another clean sheet, to back up the one gained at Bristol Rovers on Saturday. He is a more than able deputy.

Dons only other injury concern is over Ethan Chislett who has a slight sprain.

It should prove an interesting game tonight, as a win will take the Dons potentially out of the drop zone depending on other results going their way, but if they play to their true potential then this is certainly possible.

Will it happen? Roll on 8.30pm and we shall see……

Will Wimbledon Gas Bristol Rovers?

AFC Wimbledon go to Bristol Rovers tomorrow looking to build on a fairly solid start under new head coach Mark Robinson.

Robinson, who has been in charge for seven games prior to this game has slowly tweaked a few things and will be looking for a repeat of the victory gained at the same ground, albeit when Rovers had a different manager a few weeks ago.

Since then, Rovers have sacked Paul Tisdale and installed Joey Barton as they themselves look to move away from the bottom end of League One.

That said Wimbledon go in to the game on the back of some better and impressive performances.

A change in formation from a disastrous 3-5-2 to a more balanced 4-2- 3-1 formation has brought some solidity to a defence that in truth should have helped the Dons to a higher place in the league. Robinson’s side currently sit second from bottom in the division.

Current form, however, shows the improvment that has and is slowly starting to take place under Robinson, with the club sitting three places higher with a minus six goal difference.

Wimbledon as alluded to are starting to look a more formidable proposition, with players such as Ollie Palmer. So, it could be that instead of a 4-2-3-1 formation, they might revert back to a more trusted and historical 4-4-2, which has been responsible for a lot of their previous years success, which includes the Original Dons days ( which this author, remembers quite clearly!!)

The game should be an interesting one, given how Barton likes his sides to set up and be organised. Hopefully unlike at Barnsley Barton will keep his fists to himself!!

The Dons have no new injury worries, apart from Ethan Chislett, who has an achilles heel injury, but they have some promising youth products who could be included in the match day squad.

Dons head coach Robinson has stated that the performances need to be 100% from the off and that his team will be attacking on the front foot as that is the only way to win football matches.

So will the Dons gas Rovers? Come 4.45 on Saturday we will find out…..

Remember The Name: Jack Rudoni

This is not a name you will be familiar with, outside of South West 19. Fans of AFC Wimbledon have, however, been drooling over the latest academy product to make an impression in the first team.

His Name?

Jack ‘Rudi’, Rudoni

An absolutely outstanding attacking midfielder, come winger at just 18- years- old, but playing with the maturity of a senior professional.

Unphased or so it seems playing in League One, Rudoni has yet to make 50 appearances for the Dons and so far has already scored two goals. But don’t be misled by these unflattering stats. This is a lad destined for great things

When things start happening for him as they surely will with the grounding Wimbledon are giving him then expect a big side to make a bid for him. If that happens, Wimbledon will find it hard to resist. Lesser talents have been sold in previous years for big amounts and gone on too have good careers

By comparison, Rudoni is different class. Though he is very young, he is the first name on the team sheet most weeks and he will be itching to start and score against Hull today

So…Remember the Name

Jack Rudoni