Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 24 July 2014

Dowie sacked by QPR

Iain Dowie

Former Northern Ireland international Iain Dowie has been sacked as manager of Queen's Park Rangers after just 15 games in charge.

Dowie had been under pressure following a poor run in the Championship with QPR winning only one of their last six league games - and that against bottom side Nottingham Forest.

Rangers were tipped to be setting the pace in the league, especially given their new-found wealth after the arrival of Flavio Briatore as chairman and shareholder Lakshmi Mittal.

A statement from the club read: "The board of Queens Park Rangers FC has terminated the contract of manager Iain Dowie with immediate effect.

"Player-coach Gareth Ainsworth has been appointed caretaker manager on a temporary basis and will take charge of first-team affairs until further notice."

Dowie, a former Charlton and Coventry boss has been hopeful that he would be able to turn the team's fortunes around.

Earlier this week he told Sky Sports News: "Modern football with message boards, phone lines and the media outlets, what is an opinion often becomes a widely-held fact.

"The fact of the matter is we've not spent a great deal of money, we're one point off fourth and we're in the last 16 of the Carling Cup.

"I've said all along that I'd rather come to a club with expectation than without it. Is there a big expectation at this club? Yes, there is.

My view is that transmits to a bit of anxiety at times. I'm not someone who subscribes to being anxious, I've got to make sure the players are relaxed.

"We've got to perform a lot better than we did the other night (against Swansea). Our performance against Forest, in the second half particularly, was very good."

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