Iain Dowie lasted just 15 games before he was sacked as Charlton manager two seasons ago and, according to some sources, he has been on the verge of dismissal at Loftus Road before the season has even begun. QPR are now commanding far more column inches in the newspapers due the involvement of Flavio Briatore and Bernie Ecclestone, both of whom seem to be investing considerably in the club.
However, the Daily Mail reports that rumours of a rift between the club’s Italian chairman and Dowie are wide of the mark, according to the latter. With the season just about to get under way, the former West Ham striker simply is not having talk that he has fallen out with the head honcho, oh no.
It had been reported the boss was on the verge of leaving after a row with the chairman but Dowie said: ‘This rumour is complete rubbish. There was never any argument. If certain mischievous individuals want to make things up about me, then that’s up to them.’
This is a tricky one, if they’d had a bust-up, Dowie would hardly be elaborating on it during a press conference. Even so, at least he’s now aware that QPR are going to be watched carefully be the media, with the bookmakers making them favourites to win next season’s Championship. It also seems clear that the manager will not always be responsible for the players that the Super Hoops sign, something that’s becoming more of an occurrence at football clubs these days.