UK time is: 19:50:32
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sky Blue flashback: Dowie's first nine games

Hull City played their final card in the battle against relegation from the Premier League on Wednesday, appointing Iain Dowie on a short-term deal until the end of the season.

Dowie, who will be assisted by Tim Flowers at the KC Stadium, has nine games in which to keep the Tigers in the top division and by all accounts, save their skin financially.

Vital Coventry looks back at Dowie's first nine games in charge of the Sky Blues.

Having turned down the chance to join Hull in December 2006, something he was reminded of at his press conference on Wednesday, Dowie teamed up with Coventry City the following February after the sacking of Micky Adams.

'Iain was incredibly impressive on the occasions we met and there is no doubt that he was by far the strongest candidate in all the criteria we set,' said managing director Paul Fletcher at the time.

As with his new job his brief was to guide a side away from the relegation zone and to that end he made an immediate impact.

A home win against Southampton marked his bow and in Dowie's first nine games, the Sky Blues were on the losing side just twice.

Home form was particularly strong with the Saints victory followed by wins over Hull, Wolves and Barnsley.

Michael Mifsud played a starring role in a number of those games, teaming up well with Dele Adebola, who was fulsome in his praise for the new manager.

Although results tailed off towards the end of the season, hopes were high that Dowie was the man to lead City out of the doldrums.

It never happened of course although the man himself could point to the severe financial constraints he worked under for most of his time at the Ricoh.

A repeat of his first nine games however will do very nicely for Hull!




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!



Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

The Journalist

Writer: CCFC Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday March 17 2010

Time: 9:35PM

Your Comments

A likeable bloke but surely this is his last chance to fulfill the promise of his Crystal Palace days?
wolstc
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Coventry City Articles

Former Striker to Face Sky Blues (Tuesday July 29 2014)

CCFC: End of the Baker Line? (Monday July 28 2014)

CCFC: It's Pressley's Team (Almost) (Thursday July 24 2014)

CCFC: The Life of a Trialist (Wednesday July 23 2014)

AS Roma B-eaten by Sky Blues (Monday July 21 2014)

Archived Coventry City Articles

List All Vital Coventry Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. houchen 11

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
3. Bristol City 0 0 0 0 0 0
4. Chesterfield 0 0 0 0 0 0
5. Colchester 0 0 0 0 0 0
6. Coventry 0 0 0 0 0 0
7. Crawley 0 0 0 0 0 0
8. Crewe 0 0 0 0 0 0
9. Doncaster 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Oldham Announce 2014-15 Shirt Numbers
Oldham : 29/07/2014 16:59:00
Agard A Target For Cotterill
Bristol City : 29/07/2014 16:33:00
Reds Set To Bag Baker & Brown
Barnsley : 29/07/2014 15:14:00
Selection issues for Crewe
Crewe : 29/07/2014 15:10:00
Duo press claims
Crewe : 29/07/2014 14:58:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Which Away Trip Are You Looking Forward To The Most?
Suggested By:  Editor
Barnsley 5%
Chesterfield 0%
Doncaster Rovers 2%
Fleetwood Town 14%
MK Dons 52%
Notts County 0%
Preston North End 2%
Rochdale 2%
Sheffield United 4%
Other 19%