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Monday, October 27, 2008

League Managers Association re Dowie...Darren Ferguson on Peterborough Official Site Denies QPR...Further Persepectives


League Managers Association - League Managers Association statement in respect of Iain Dowie
Ian Dowie has consulted the League Managers Association in respect of his removal as manager of Queens Park Rangers Football Club.
The club has issued a statement saying that it has given notice to terminate the contract of manager Iain Dowie with immediate effect. What this means is that his contract will terminate on its expiry in June 2010 and that, in the meantime, he has been placed on paid leave.
The LMA is disappointed on Iain's behalf, as under his leadership the first team has won 8 of the 15 fixtures played in all competitions, including knocking Aston Villa out of the Carling Cup at Villa Park. Further, in his transfer dealings to date, he has earned the Club a net profit of around 500,000. Iain Dowie will not be making any comment at this stage. LMA

Peterborough Official Site
Ferguson Dismisses Speculation

- Peterborough United boss Darren Ferguson has dismissed newspaper speculation that he is set to take over at Championship side Queens Park Rangers. Sunday newspapers reported that Ferguson is being lined up as a replacement for Ian Dowie at Loftus Road, but Ferguson insists it is pure speculation.
- 'No-one is going anywhere. We have a plan here, the first part of the plan was completed last season when we clinched promotion and I know we have a side capable of challenging for promotion this year. There is no reason for any of my players or myself leaving.
- 'It is nonsense and I am just concentrating on Peterborough United. My players have been linked with a number of clubs in recent weeks and it is just speculation, we don't want to let any of our players leave this football club,' Ferguson said.
- Director of Football Barry Fry added: 'You won't get better backing from a chairman than you will at Peterborough United. Darren has done brilliantly and there is no reason for him to leave. We want to keep everyone together at London Road.' Peterbrough

Matthew Norman/Evening Standard - Dowie back on the slow route to the top
- On behalf of Shepherd's Bush, let me bid a fond farewell to Iain Dowie who was fired as QPR manager last week. Given the wealth and ambition of owners Bernie Ecclestone and Flavio Briatore, this always seemed an eccentric appointment, and he duly departed after 15 games in his post.
- So things are looking up. Mr Dowie survived only 12 games in his last London post at Charlton, and at this rate of improvement it won't be long — no later than 2059, certainly — before he manages one of our clubs for an entire season. So long as it's in the 38-game Premier League. If not — and in this context “not” must start long odds on — we're looking at 2065.
- Still, better to travel than to arrive, as someone smart once said, which is just as well because this one has the makings of a very long journey. This is London

Daily Mail - HATCHET MAN: Why does Flav think he can tell the boss who to sign? Would he change the engine oil on one of his F1 cars?
- Maybe Queens Park Rangers should advertise for their new manager on daytime TV - as an alternative to debt management or bankruptcy.
- You know the sort of thing: 'Credit card debts? Bills piling up? Mortgage arrears? Just take over at Loftus Road for 13 games then clear it all with one massive pay-off.'
-That’s about the only up side to the job for whoever takes over from Iain Dowie, at least while Flavio Briatore is calling the tune.
- It’s the worst job and the best. The worst if you want a promotion on your CV and the best if – like Dowie – you’re catching up from a pile of lawyer’s bills.
- Dowie seems to have got the sack for trying to follow the old fashioned idea that as manager he should choose the players and pick the team. It looks like whoever comes next will have to work with the same handicap.
- Billionaire Briatore wouldn’t get a spanner out and start trying to change the engine oil on one of his Formula One cars, so why does he seem to think he can interrupt training to tell his football manager who to sign or select?
- Rangers might have the richest board in the Championship but they never let Dowie spend serious money or gave him a wages budget to rival Birmingham or Reading.
- Briatore will give his Renault driver Fernando Alonso a genuine Formula One car to drive in Sunday’s Brazilian Grand Prix and hope to see him collect his third win in four races.
- So why would he think Dowie – or anybody else – could be in pole position in the promotion race driving the football equivalent of a battered W registered 306? Mail

- Dowie's Performance and Axing: Analysis by Clive Whittingham/LoftforWords

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