South Yorkshire Times June 28, 1947
Sam Cowan Resigns Managers Post
Former Denaby and Doncaster Rovers player, Sam Cowan, who for the last seven months has been manager of Manchester City club and seen them rise to Division One status, tendered his resignation which was accepted by the club on Wednesday.
It is understood that no financial disagreement has come between Manchester City and their management and the club chairman (Mr. B. Smith) stated that they were reluctantly compelled to accept Mr Cohen’s resignation, and regret having to part company after such a brief acquaintance.
In November 1946, Cowan became Manchester City manager, succeeding Wilf Wild, who moved to a purely administrative role.
Cowan had been known for his motivational skills as a player, and was part of a new generation of managers who took responsibility for tactics and team selection, of which Cowan’s contemporary and former teammate Matt Busby became the most well-known.
Cowan was given a salary of £2,000, and came to an agreement whereby he spent part of the week with the Manchester City team and part looking after his business interests in Brighton. His first match as manager was a 3–0 win against Newport County, and the team then embarked upon a run of 19 matches without defeat. Despite achieving the Division Two title in his first season in charge, Cowan resigned in June 1947 as his commute from Brighton caused tension with club officials.