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Last Updated: Monday, 11 February 2008, 08:55 GMT
Dowie sacked as Coventry manager
Iain Dowie
Dowie has failed to turn around the club's faltering season
Iain Dowie has been sacked as manager by Championship club Coventry.

The Sky Blues are currently hovering four points above the relegation zone and the decision comes on the back of a 1-0 loss to fellow strugglers Preston.

Dowie's assistant Tim Flowers and Bob Dowie, who was part of the backroom team, have also left the club.

Frankie Bunn and John Harbin have taken charge of the team ahead of the game against Cardiff on Tuesday and the FA Cup tie against West Brom on Saturday.

Coventry have lost five of their last six league games and, despite reaching the fifth round of the FA Cup, that has not been enough to save Dowie's job.


The club confirmed the news in a brief statement on their website and said they would not be "making any further comment at this time".

Dowie, 43, has managed Oldham, Crystal Palace and Charlton before taking over at the Ricoh Arena last February as he succeeded Micky Adams.

Coventry ended last season in 17th place and started this season in promising fashion and beat Manchester United 2-0 in the Carling Cup.

But their league form dipped and, although they knocked Blackburn out of the FA Cup in January, they continued to struggle in the Championship as the early season hopes evaporated.

In 49 games in charge, Dowie won 20, lost 21 and drew eight.

Off the field, the club has been embroiled in takeover activity with Ray Ranson in the process of buying the club after they were on the brink of going into administration.

Ranson has 88% of shares and needs 90% before he can take full control of the Midlands outfit.

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