Back four understanding - Issue 8 (March 2011)
Iain Dowie is a vastly successful English football player and manager who, most recently, was in charge of Hull City in the Barclays Premier League.
The 46-year-old was a talented striker in his playing days, although he joined the professional game late, landing at Luton Town as a 23-year-old in 1988.
He went on to play for Fulham, West Ham United, Southampton, Crystal Palace, West Ham United and QPR – plus clocked up 59 caps for Northern Ireland – before having up his boots in 2001.
Management roles followed at Oldham Athletic, Crystal Palace, Charlton Athletic, Coventry City, QPR and Hull. Memorably, he led Palace into the Premiership in 2004 despite inheriting a team battling against relegation. The Eagles went up via the play-offs, finishing sixth after winning 17 of their final 23 games.
Dowie was also assistant manager at Newcastle United under Alan Shearer before accepting the job at Hull City. He departed the KC Stadium in 2010.
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