Danny Cowley sacked by Huddersfield in row over transfers despite securing Championship safety

DANNY COWLEY was sacked just two days after he rescued Huddersfield from relegation after rows over recruitment.

SunSport understands owner Phil Hodgkinson wanted more control over transfers — but his manager was not willing to work that way.

Danny Cowley, and his brother and assistant Nicky, were sacked after helping Huddersfield avoid the drop - they took over when the club had one point from nine games

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Danny Cowley, and his brother and assistant Nicky, were sacked after helping Huddersfield avoid the drop – they took over when the club had one point from nine gamesCredit: PA:Press Association

Cowley, and his brother and assistant Nicky, were fired after Terriers avoided the drop to League One by beating West Brom.

Hodgkinson is talking to Motherwell boss Stephen Robinson and Marcelo Bielsa’s assistant Carlos Corberan.

Insiders claim the Terriers’ owner decided  he was going to dismiss the brothers during the  coronavirus lockdown.

A club source said: “Danny and Nicky had an inkling and could have just walked out.

“But they wanted to see it through because so many jobs were at stake if they went down.”

The Cowleys took over from Jan Siewert in September after the club had  one win in seven months.

Despite only having one point from the first nine games, they kept the  club up. 

No Championship team has ever survived from that position.

The Terriers are 18th the table following their 2-1 win against West Brom on Friday. It was Danny Cowley's last game in charge

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The Terriers are 18th the table following their 2-1 win against West Brom on Friday. It was Danny Cowley’s last game in chargeCredit: PA:Press Association

After Friday’s  2-1 win, Cowley said  the club needed to sign  working-class British players  fans would identify with.

Sources say Cowley felt they should follow the model Sean Dyche has used at Burnley.

We have a different vision for how our ambitions can be achieved

Phil Hodgkinson

But Hodgkinson decided he wanted to bring in  European players.

It is also understood the  owner released several players this summer against Cowley’s wishes.

The brothers have enjoyed an incredible rise after starting in Essex Senior League football at Concord Rangers.

They took Lincoln to League One and the FA Cup quarter-finals while still a non-league side before saving Huddersfield.

Hodgkinson released a statement saying: “I would like to place my thanks on record to Danny and Nicky for their hard work.

“We have a different vision for  how our ambitions can be achieved.”

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