Any clubs looking to take Danny and Nicky Cowley away from Lincoln City would need to stump up £1.5m of compensation, according to Alan Nixon of the Sun.
The duo have won three trophies in as many seasons with the Imps and enjoyed two promotions. They wrapped up the League Two title with weeks to spare and now look forward to their first season in the third tier for two decades.
That success has seen the former Braintree and Concord managers attract a lot of interest, with both West Brom and Middlesbrough widely believed to have been hoping for talks.
A press association report even suggested the Baggies had started those talks, but Nixon believes the high figure of compensation would put both sides off. The original report had suggested the figure was just £500k.
Lincoln City moved to quell speculation the pair were chatting to other clubs this week, firmly denying any side had made an approach and that their management team were focused on the season ahead.
Why on earth would a £1.5 compensation package put teams off, we’re talking about the brightest managers in the bottom two divisions here.
That said, whoever negotiated that Lincoln contract did the right thing by ensuring their main assets are tied to the club. They’ve been a revelation and haven’t just won trophies, but they’ve been instrumental in revitalising the whole club.