I doubt Iain Dowie was the first name on Hull fans’ lips when former manager Phil Brown departed earlier this week.
The former Oldham, Crystal Palace and Charlton boss is not exactly the inspirational appointment they hoped for, or indeed expected, when chairman Adam Pearson promised not to “leave any stone unturned” in his search for a new boss.
Dowie seems a nice enough bloke, but it can’t be denied his Premier League record is worrying – the last three sides he has either coached or managed in the division ended up being relegated. There will be a huge question mark over whether the former West Ham striker can galvanise his side enough to climb out of the relegation zone.
Chairman Adam Pearson put a brave face on things, choosing to focus on Dowie’s hunger and desire to prove people wrong after relative failures at Coventry and QPR. But it seems Dowie wasn’t his first choice, with the likes of Mark Hughes and Alan Curbishley reportedly turning down the job.
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