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Dowie sacked by Sky Blues
11 Feb 2008 - 09:06:49
Coventry City have axed manager Iain Dowie after a 1-0 weekend defeat at Preston North End left the Sky Blues just four points above the relegation zone in the Championship.
Former Crystal Palace and Oldham Athletic boss Dowie had been in charge at City for just under a year, but was unable to move the club forward in the way he had planned.
A short statement on the club's official website confirmed: "Iain Dowie, (assistant manager) Tim Flowers and (chief scout) Bob Dowie have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.
"Frankie Bunn and John Harbin will take charge of first-team affairs for tomorrow night's game against Cardiff City at the Ricoh Arena.
"Coventry City Football Club will not be making any further statement at this time."
Dowie had said after the 1-0 reverse at Deepdale on Saturday: "Sometimes football can be cruel. We've played well and I think we did more than enough to get something out of the game, but we haven't.
"It was a game we should never have lost. We've come here and dominated possession, but we've said that too often.
"We've got to grind it out and then the worst you can get is 0-0. That's two away games in a row where we should be sitting here with two clean sheets, we've got to start turning them into results."