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Can Dowie Do It?

Dowie: In his prime.

As Ian Dowie surveys the scene of four games left and a three point deficit, he might as well pack his bags now.

Often mistaken by groups of small children as ‘Sloth’ from the Goonies, Dowie has quite frankly an impossible job on his hands.

One he should not have in the first place. Getting jobs off the back of a not so glittering movie career does not constitute ‘experience’. Furthermore his Crystal Palace ‘heroics’ were a very long time ago, in a galaxy far far away.

Now despite Phil Brown’s new and exciting career as chief compere for the Karaoke night at his local W.M.C. back in county Durham. He never should been dispensed with. Yes the man makes Bruce Dickinson look like Casper the ghost but Hull City could have stuck with him. Loyalty in football has all but disappeared. Hull City was struggling under the radioactive Brown, yet all he had done for the club taking them from Championship survival to Premier League status. Under Dowie they have just as much chance, if not less of retaining their status.

In all honesty Hull City has not exactly got the cast of a stellar Hollywood film. It’s more like Emmerdale farm. That’s not their fault; they are still a relatively new Premier League side with a small budget. It is to be expected they are where they are. Phil Brown may be able to change his skin colour by request, but he is not the Messiah. I don’t know a manager in the Premier League who could make Hull City a decent mid table team. They just don’t have the players.

The one player they do have who is of, well not Hollywood quality, but better than hanging round with animals on a farm, Jimmy Bullard has been well short of form. Criticised heavily for his contribution to Hull’s plight in recent weeks, it seems likely he will be on the move again. Even at 31 yrs of age he is too good for Championship level. A likely destination for the first class clown could be at Wolves or Stoke City in time for August.

So if I was Ian Dowie I’d start filling out my obituary in football management. Having somehow unbeknown to anyone with any sense been given the label of ‘survival specialist’ after disastrously failing to keep Crystal Palace and Newcastle United in the Premier League. I sense a hat trick appearing. I’ve not even mention Dowie’s time at Charlton. Do I really need to? Brown clearly has his weaknesses. He can’t pass a Boot’s or Superdrug for example without popping in. But he would have offered some continuity. With or without him it was going to be a struggle this season. The Championship awaits Hull City. Ian Dowie can crack on with the Goonies sequel script he has had in the works and Phil Brown can get back to sunning himself down Redcar beach.

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