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Iain Dowie hopes to stay on as Hull City manager

Hull boss Iain Dowie
Dowie applauds the Hull fans after the final whistle at the DW Stadium

Hull City boss Iain Dowie hopes to get the job on a long-term basis, despite his side's relegation from the Premier League being confirmed on Monday.

Dowie, 45, has a contract at the KC Stadium until the end of the season.

The 2-2 draw at Wigan sealed Hull's fate and Dowie said: "Clearly the club faces a massive rebuilding task.

"My record in the Championship is decent and I feel you can always build something but my future is something for the powers that be to discuss."

Dowie was appointed football management consultant on 17 March after former boss Phil Brown was placed on gardening leave but he has won only one of his eight games in charge, taking only five of the available 24 points.

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The club's immediate prospects look bleak, with debts of £35m and the threat of administration hanging over them ahead of Sunday's game with Liverpool, which will bring down the curtain on Hull's two-year stint in the top flight.

But Dowie, who took Crystal Palace into the Premier League in 2004 before losing in the Championship play-offs with the Eagles two years later, feels there are reasons for optimism, despite Hull's financial plight.

"The club is not going down in the same financial position that Burnley are," explained Dowie. "They have kept their wage bill down and will get a very big parachute payment that will allow them to add to their squad.

"For us, it will be a case of trying to make sure we can keep the club solvent and who knows how that will go.

"But there is a dressing room here that has got great potential, with some really good senior professionals and some hungry young lads, which is always a good balance to have.

"It's not my future that is important, what is important is that the future of this great club and its fans is secure and solvent going forward.

"There will be a discussion with the chairman Adam Pearson at some stage but let's get the club's future secure first. Mine or any player's future will come secondary to that.

"He has been very open and honest with me from minute one. He has inherited a very difficult situation and it is just how he sees the best way out of it. The discussion about my future will take care of itself."

The Tigers, who fielded three youngsters in Will Atkinson, Mark Cullen and Tom Cairney, came within seconds of beating the Latics and clinching their first Premier League away win since March 2009, only for Steve Gohouri to grab an injury-time equaliser for Wigan.

But, despite missing out on victory, Atkinson and Cullen both found the net on their first league starts for the club and Dowie was proud of their efforts.

"It was a heartbreaking way to lose the two points but the Premier League is a very harsh league," he added.

"To put it into perspective, we've put three lads in there and I felt they gave us an injection of enthusiasm and energy and a bit of a cutting edge.

"I believe there is a good character in the squad but we had to show that against Wigan with a spirited display.

"I thought we did that and rightly got cheered off. I'm very proud of the display, I thought it was absolutely outstanding and that we deserved more than we got."



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see also
Wigan 2-2 Hull
03 May 10 |  Premier League
Monday football as it happened
03 May 10 |  Football
Hull deny administration rumours
29 Apr 10 |  Hull
Pearson angered by Hull overspend
22 Apr 10 |  Hull
Dowie confirmed as new Hull boss
17 Mar 10 |  Hull


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