Dowie named as new Hull boss

HULL, England, March 17, 2010 (AFP) - Iain Dowie was Wednesday appointed as the new manager of Hull, 48 hours after Phil Brown paid the price for a run of four defeats which has left the club second from bottom of the Premier League.

Former Oldham, Crystal Palace and Charlton boss Dowie was unveiled as the new manager at a press conference at the KC Stadium.

A file photo taken on April 11, 2009 shows Newcastle United's coach Iain Dowie. AFP photo

He will have nine matches to save Hull, who are currently three points from safety, from relegation, a fate which would leave the club facing serious financial difficulties.

Precedent suggests changing managers in mid-season rarely delivers a significant change in fortunes, but Hull chairman Adam Pearson believes the club has a fighting chance of survival in the top flight.

"We feel that we've got a quarter of the season to go with some winnable games within that," Pearson said on Tuesday. "It's not a fixture list that's packed full of 'top four' games, it's a fixture list with games where we would expect to get some points."

Dowie's Hull reign will start on Saturday with a trip to bottom side Portsmouth, who had a nine-point penalty for going into administration confirmed on Wednesday, leaving them with little realistic prospect of avoiding the drop.

Dowie, who will be assisted by Steve Wigley and Tim Flowers, has been out of the game since leaving Newcastle, where he was assistant to Alan Shearer, following the Magpies' relegation at the end of last season.

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