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Inbetweeners' Jay sticks boot into Iain Dowie, sparking Twitter row with Northern Ireland international's son

by DAVID WHELAN

A comedy Twitter row has broken out between the son of a former Northern Ireland international and Jay from the Inbetweeners.

James Buckley, the actor cast as the sex-obsessed Jay from the cult E4 comedy The Inbetweeners, took to Twitter to announce his displeasure at the announcement that Iain Dowie is being linked to return as Crystal Palace manager.

Dowie, who earned 59 caps for Northern Ireland, scoring 12 goals, is one of three candidates being considered by chairman Steve Parish.

In his previous stint at the London club he guided it to the Premier League in 2004 before being relegated on the last day of the following season.

Buckley, a lifelong Eagles fan tweeted: "Iain Dowie in pole position to take Palace job? Why? he's a tried and tested failure?

"Give someone else a chance over someone we know is bad?"

Buckley probably didn't expect the response he got when Dowie's son Oliver went on the offensive on behalf of his father, telling the actor to "stick to the comedy stuff mate".

Oliver later defended accusations of his father's bad record at Palace by saying: "You weren't saying that when he got you promoted to the Premier League were you?" The conversation had a number of heated exchanges before the actor finished with a dig at Oliver Dowie, writing: "Not said anything personal about Dowie just that he is a bad manager, and he is.

"Sure he's a nice guy. Dunno why his son keeps crying to me?"

Palace sit bottom of the Premier League and have been without a manager since the departure of Ian Holloway.

Dowie is working as a pundit for Sky Sports after unsuccessful spells in charge of Charlton, QPR, Coventry and Hull City since leaving Palace.

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