How Portsmouth chairman Michael Eisner described the Cowley brothers following their full-time appointments

Michael Eisner believes Danny and Nicky Cowley are the ‘perfect match’ for Pompey.

Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:33 pm
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 1:34 pm
Pompey chairman Michael Eisner

And chief executive Mark Catlin backed up that statement by admitting their full-time appointment was a ‘huge positive’ at a time when everyone at the club was ‘naturally hurting’ at the Blues’ failure to secure a play-off spot.

Pompey confirmed on Monday that Cowley has signed a long-term deal to become the Fratton Park outfit’s full-time head coach – a deal that was first reported by The News back on April 23. Nicky Cowley has signed a similar deal to remain as assistant head coach.

The duo were initially appointed as Kenny Jackett’s replacement back in March with the remit to get the Blues into the League One play-offs.

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That failed to materialise, though, following Pompey’s final day defeat at the hands of Accrington at Fratton Park – a loss which saw them finish eighth in the table.

Despite that, the Cowleys have made a huge impression on the board during their short stint on the south coast – as reflected in their appointments less than 24 hours after that telling Accrington defeat.

Chairman Eisner said their hard work and dedication, combined with their playing style, made them ideal for the club.

Meanwhile, Catlin added their swift appointment would help the hurt experienced by the club’s promotion failure.

In a statement released by Pompey, Eisner said: ‘We are thrilled to continue with the Cowley brothers leading our team on the pitch.

‘Their dedication and hard work, plus their exciting style of play, makes them a perfect match for Portsmouth and our fans. And I thank them for coming in on such short notice to help us this season.

Catlin said: ‘Everyone is naturally hurting at this moment in time, but securing the services of Danny and Nicky is a huge positive.

‘I am sure that they will be both backed by the club and our supporters as they plot a course for the 2021-22 season.’