Despite being 6/4 favourite with Sky Bet to become the replacement for Paul Heckingbottom at Barnsley, Lincoln City manager Danny Cowley has dismissed suggestions he is set to leave for the Tykes. Speaking to the Sports Echo, Cowley is firmly focused on continuing the progress being made at Sincil Bank.

Last night, Cowley led the Imps into the final of the Checkatrade Trophy after defeating the Chelsea Under-21 side in a penalty shootout. This means Lincoln City will be heading to Wembley Stadium in April for the first time in their 133 years of existence. Nick Mashiter of the Press Association confirms that Barnsley are interested in speaking to Danny, and his brother Nicky, the assistant at Lincoln.

The managerial vacancy at Oakwell however remains open after the surprising departure of Heckingbottom to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United. Cowley, one of the rising prospects in lower league football, was soon installed as favourite for the role given the rapid nature of Lincoln’s rise since his appointment at the start of last season. However he maintains he is going nowhere,

“I am always focused on the here and now. To be fair I don’t have time to focus on anything else.

“I don’t want to cut corners so my focus is on Lincoln City.

“It is nice to be mentioned for others as that means your team is doing well, which means I am doing well.

“I will take it as a compliment but we (Nicky and I) are fully committed to Lincoln City and we always like to finish what we start.”

The likes of Simon Grayson, Garry Monk and current caretaker manager Paul Harsley are also high up the betting at this moment in time. Harsley is expected to take the team this weekend for the Yorkshire derby with Sheffield Wednesday.

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