It seems virtually certain that Iain Dowie will be the next manager of Hull City, judging by the reports tonight in the national press and on BBC radio.
Here are six reasons why I think it’s a crazy appointment.
1. Dowie’s last position in football came 12 months ago in almost identical circumstances to the ones City find themselves in. Then, struggling Newcastle United had eight games to save themselves from relegation and drafted in the ‘dream team’ of Alan Shearer and assistant Dowie. Result? The Barcodes’ form plunged even further and they tamely dropped out of the Premier League. Is this what has impressed Adam Pearson so much?
2. Last time Dowie was a manager himself in the Premier League, at Charlton Athletic way back in 2006, he was sacked after 12 league games. This was despite spending more money than any other boss in the Addicks’ history. Clearly his ability to turn round a club in the space of a short period is second to none.
3. His last role as manager anywhere came in 2008 at Queens Park Rangers. Again he proved himself a master at having a big impact at a club from the off, this time lasting a run of 15 games before being given the boot.
4. Like Phil Brown, Dowie masterminded a late surge into the play-offs and subsequent Wembley final victory. Unlike Brown, however, who managed to keep City up, Dowie’s Crystal Palace were relegated in their first season.
5. In fact, Dowie has never kept a team up in the Premier League as either manager or assistant manager.
6. Finally, when linked with the City job before, Dowie said: “taking a job at Hull would be a slap in the face for my family.” After this slur, it’s disgusting for him to be even allowed any further east than Goole, let alone be offered the manager’s job of our football club with a massive contract and £1m bonus being dangled under his nose.