I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but it seems highly likely that Danny and Nicky will be leaving Lincoln City this afternoon.
It’s been the talk of the weekend and whatever we may or may not feel about last week’s denial, there does seem to be strong evidence that the club are bracing themselves for a departure. You know me; I don’t write something unless I’m convinced it’s going to happen.
I’m convinced it’s going to happen.
I’ll deal briefly with the rumours; on Friday from three different sources I heard that they’d said their goodbyes to several key staff who wouldn’t be at the game this weekend; these weren’t just mumblings, they gave specific names of people who had been spoken to. On the back of that, I felt the players looked a little distracted against Wycombe and Danny didn’t give his usual in-depth interview. I felt strongly that something was amiss.
National reports are beginning to surface that they’re close to signing a huge deal with Huddersfield, one that will not just increase their wages, but make them incredibly wealthy, incredibly quickly.
Plus, Huddersfield are fresh out of the top flight and there will be money to spend in the winter window. They’re a club with a good history, Premier League football and going back further titles and FA Cups.
It still hurts though. A lot.
I’m employed to write about football and this morning I’ve had to write two articles about the situation. Honestly, it’s felt like I’ve been writing an obituary for a family member. I feel a little numb.
Sadly, for those who still don’t believe it is happening, I’m perhaps the bearer of bad news. The Lincolnshire Echo have started a live blog on th situation; what does that tell you? Michael Hortin, in replying to someone on Twitter last night, said he didn’t ask about the Huddersfield job because he didn’t expect a different answer at that stage, implying he does now.
I didn’t want to believe it, but I do now. 100%.
This is the day we’ve been dreading. It’s not the end of the world, nor the end of the club. We’re a League One side with a good financial footing and a strong squad. We’re in a great position to build, but we might experience a hiccup during the transitional period.
More will be revealed as the day progresses, that’s almost without doubt. Personally, I’m going to find it very hard to write about it for an hour or two as the reality sinks in, but rest assured if they do go then there is still Lincoln City. They’ve been great servants to this club, bringing a spell of unparalleled success, but I support Lincoln City FC, not Danny and Nicky Cowley FC. I wouldn’t begrudge them the chance to go to the next level, they’ve earned it and our club has been transformed as a result.
More as it breaks.