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Friday, October 24, 2008

QPR Sack Iain Dowie

- First came the media reports and the messageboard rumours - although the "in-the-know" posters did not predict Dowie's sacking would be occurring today!...Now confirmation: QPR have sacked Iain Dowie after 12 league games in charge. QPR thus further strengthen their well-earned record for going through managers!

Iain Dowie may be QPR's sortest-term manager, lasting less time than even Alan Mullery. (Caveat: Tommy Docherty left on his own volition after a month; and Gordon Jago's departure after a week was more a Board reconsidertaion.) With the Dowie sacking, Ian Holloway remains the longest-lasting manager since Alec Stock who was appointed QPR manager back in 1959. In two-and-a half years, QPR have gone through: Holloway, Waddock, Gregory, Harford (Acting), De Canio, Dowie and now a new manager to come.
- See List and Duration of QPR Managers

[Comment on the QPR Report Messageboard Dowie firing and who you hope - or expect - will replace Dowie!]

CLUB STATEMENT - Dowie departs with immediate effect
The Board of Queens Park Rangers Football Club has terminated the contract of Manager Iain Dowie with immediate effect.
Dowie, who took over the reins at Loftus Road in the summer, oversaw 15 matches in charge in all competitions and leaves the R's in ninth place in the Coca Cola Championship.
Player / Coach Gareth Ainsworth has been appointed Caretaker Manager on a temporary basis and will take charge of First Team affairs until further notice.
The Club will be making no further comment at this stage. QPR Official Site

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