World’s ugliest man has tough task of keeping KC Stadium outfit in the top tier.
Iain Dowie is set to be unveiled as the manager of struggling Hull City at an 11am press conference on Wednesday.
The former Crystal Palace, Charlton and QPR boss had talks with the Premier League club’s chairman Adam Pearson on Monday after Phil Brown was sacked.
Gary Megson, Terry Venables, Avram Grant and Mark Hughes were also linked with the vacancy but bookmakers have stopped taking bets on Dowie.
Dowie, 45, was axed as QPR boss in 2008 after only 15 games in charge.
He also briefly worked as a coach at Newcastle last season under Alan Shearer as the Magpies were relegated to the Championship.
With nine games to go, Hull are second from bottom in the Premier League, three points away from safety and with a worse goal difference 10 goals worse than fourth from bottom Wolves.
Hull’s next match is a trip to bottom side Portsmouth on Saturday and Pearson believes that a “fresh face” in the managerial seat can boost his team’s survival chances.
“We feel that we’ve got a quarter of the season to go with some winnable games within that,” he said.
“It’s not a fixture list that’s packed full of ‘top four’ games, it’s a fixture list with games where we would expect to get some points.
“We feel that we’re best served by making the change now. That will bring a fresh face in, some new impetus and some new focus to get those 14 or 15 points that we’re going to need.” (BBC Sport)
So is Iain Dowie the man to keep the Tigers from the drop? Personally I think there would’ve been better options to turn to but perhaps this is a cheaper option than some of the attractive names that have been mentioned. If you were being unkind you could surmise that a manager like the former Northern Ireland forward is the type of boss who does a better job outside the Premier League and perhaps he has been appointed just in case the club do not avoid the drop.
Clearly Hull City must win at Fratton Park to get their relegation escape plan back on track and they have some big six pointers ahead against Burnley and Wigan so there is a lot of points to play with and it seems clear that their chances of surviving the dreaded drop have increased now that Phil Brown has been axed.