Charlton Athletic manager Iain Dowie has won the dubious Toto Sgp award of being the first coach of the Premiership season to lose his job.
The former Northern Ireland international striker was shown the door at the Valley after only 12 league and 3 League Cup games, a poignant contrast to the previous incumbent Alan Curbishley’s 15 years in charge of the Addicks.
Dowie’s departure seems premature, particularly after he had led Crystal Palace to the semi-final of last season’s Championship play-offs, but Charlton find themselves bottom of the Premiership with only two wins and more importantly a £10 million summer spree that seems to have backfired.
Charlton chairman had spoken at Alan Curbishley’s departure of his desire for a British coach, “because we are a British club” and Dowie was approached, along with Peter Taylor, Billy Davies and Phil Parkinson.
But the former Southampton and West Ham forward failed to inspire his team to victories, despite a track record as a motivator at Crystal Palace. Dowie introduced new methods to his players, including playing cricket, swimming and self-help manuals but unlike another young British manager beloved of innovative ideas, Watford’s Aidy Boothroyd, Dowie’s new order was not matched by results on the pitch.
The whispers have been that not all the Charlton players were enamoured of Dowie’s methods, yet US international Cory Gibbs, who has yet to debut for the Addicks following a knee injury, told me otherwise only a week ago.
“Iain has been great,” he said. “He looks into the players and sees how they are and how they are feeling and treats everybody equally. His attitude towards me and the team has been great so I am looking forward to playing for him.
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