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Iain Dowie confirmed as new Hull City manager


Dowie relishing Hull City challenge

Iain Dowie has been unveiled as the new manager of struggling Hull City.

The 45-year-old former Northern Ireland international replaces Phil Brown, who was relieved of his duties on Monday.

He takes charge of a team currently second bottom of the Premier League and will be assisted by former England keeper Tim Flowers and Steve Wigley.

"I want us to play open, attractive football," said Dowie who has signed a short-term contract until the end of the season.

"It's about cool heads, taking opportunities when they come, and a positive outlook," added Dowie.

"The brightest person on the training ground has to be the manager, particularly when you're on a poor run.

"You get a bit of respect as you're the new manager but that'll only last as long as the first session. It's important that you can cut it on the training ground."

Brown lost his job after Saturday's 2-1 defeat at home to Arsenal.

However, Dowie wants a repeat of the battling performance that saw 10-man Hull hold out until the third minute of injury time when his team resume their relegation fight at bottom-club Portsmouth on Saturday.

Dowie brings enthusiasm and vigour - Pearson

"The tenacity and desire they showed against Arsenal will be absolutely paramount," said Dowie.

Dowie, though, was clear he wanted greater guile from his team. "When we're in possession we need to be a bit more creative," he said.

Chairman Adam Pearson, who described his new recruit as someone with "great passion, integrity, honesty and up for the challenge", said he hoped Dowie's deal could be extended at the end of the season.

"It's a short-term contract with options for both sides. But it's a very permanent move," said Pearson, who had also been linked with a number of other managers, including Gary Megson, Alan Curbishley, Mark Hughes, Avram Grant and Paul Jewell.

"I'm expecting him to sit down and sort out a long-term contract on 15 May."

And Pearson defended his decision to axe Brown, who had led the Tigers into the top flight for the first time in their history in 2008.


"If we didn't take a gamble, all the stats are plainly saying we'd be relegated. In the end, the stats say we are moving in the wrong direction in this league."

Dowie revealed he had been offered the job by Pearson prior to Brown's appointment in December 2006 but turned it down due to money considerations.

"At that time, Adam was tight with the purse strings, so it didn't quite work out."

Pearson added: "The budget I was offering him was not the same as he was being offered at other clubs."

And Dowie denied that he had described that potential move to East Yorkshire, with Hull in the Championship at the time, as "a slap in the face for my family".

"I'd love someone to produce that quote because I've never said that in my life," he said.

Although he had a brief spell as caretaker boss during his playing career at QPR, Dowie began his managerial career in earnest at Oldham Athletic, leading the club into the Division Two play-offs in 2002-03 season.

However, Dowie left the financially stricken Latics of his own accord the following season and in December 2003 was named the new boss of Crystal Palace, then in the Championship, and guided the club from 19th place to promotion to the top flight via the play-offs.

Immediate relegation followed and after a 2006 play-off semi-final defeat by Watford, the former Eagles player left Selhurst Park to join Charlton, Palace chairman Simon Jordan successfully suing him over the departure having stated that the manager lied over the reasons for terminating his contract.

It's about cool heads, taking opportunities when they come, and a positive outlook

Iain Dowie

Dowie, though, was sacked after 15 games in charge at The Valley before a one-year spell at Championship team Coventry City ended in another dismissal.

Dowie replaced Luigi de Canio at QPR in May 2008 but, despite winning over half of his 15 games in charge and the team lying ninth in the table, an impatient Loftus Road board got rid of the former Southampton striker five months later.

He also briefly worked as a coach at Newcastle last season under Alan Shearer as the Magpies were relegated to the Championship.

Dowie's new assistant Flowers leaves his goalkeeping coach role at League Two Northampton Town to join the Tigers, while coach Wigley was as a member of Bolton's backroom staff during Gary Megson's time as boss at the Reebok Stadium.

Pearson said he expected Brown's assistant Brian Horton to leave the club, but was "awaiting an answer" from coach Steve Parkin over his future.

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