Non-League Football is generally ignored by fans of Football League clubs in England; except in very rare circumstances. One such recent example would be the FA Cup and a plucky bunch of players led by a tactical genius: Danny Cowley.
Cowley is currently the manager of Non-League side Lincoln City who romped to the FA Cup Quarter Finals this season alongside some very impressive performances in the National League.
When you consider that this is Cowley’s first season in charge of the Imps and he has led his side within touching distance of promotion to the Football League and the FA Cup Quarter Finals (the first Non-League side to do so in over a century); you have to wonder if his talents could be applied elsewhere.
Tactical geniuses generally apply their skills to sporting, or military, occupations but Cowley could easily take his talents to the Poker tables and earn himself a lot of cash and respect as one of the finest players the tables will see for some time.
How you might ask?
Well; a Poker player needs three crucial talents if they are to prosper on the tables: Understanding, Tactical Awareness and must be able to calculate poker odds – Cowley can do all three.
Understanding the game is vital to success in Poker as players complete complex sums mentally in order to decide whether or not to bet on a particular hand. Some may learn the averages and percentage chances of making a winning hand but understanding the risk is another ball game – something Cowley is very familiar with.
Next comes Tactical Awareness. Cowley led his Non-League side of players to success over two Championship clubs and even Burnley of the Premier League with all three sides sitting at least 100 places above the Lincoln minnows – if that isn’t tactical genius then it must be a huge helping of luck; something else a Poker player can always do with.
Finally, the Pokerface. Danny Cowley is unlikely to have received any form of media training, having spent the bulk of his playing career on the fringes of the old Division Three, which means the 38 year old has been speaking to some of the world’s finest sporting journalists in his own manner.
Anyone who has met a celebrity will tell you; it’s very intimidating to meet such a person of such high calibre and panicking is usually on the menu – not for Danny Cowley.
Cowley is cool, calm, collected and has proven himself as one of the most capable young managers in the country – if the Man United job isn’t coming up any time soon; it might be time for Cowley to earn some big bucks on the Poker tables with his raft of talents and wait it out for the big time to come calling for him!