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Former Toon Coach Will Not Take The Blame For Relegation
Published : 26 Apr 2010 11:16:01
This time last season Alan Shearer and Iain Dowie had to chalk a Newcastle relegation on their CVs. Dowie has another summer of discontent to face. But Hull midfielder George Boateng has launched an astonishing attack on Phil Brown after the Tigers' relegation was all but confirmed on Saturday ... saying Dowie has nothing to do with it. Dowie has managed only one win from his seven games in charge and his appointment was not popular with a proportion of the Hull support, but Boateng had nothing but praise for the 45-year-old. George Boateng: "When the new staff came in it gave us a bit of hope because before Iain Dowie came in we were not together, the squad were not behind Phil Brown," continued Boateng. "It was very difficult because some of the players feared Phil Brown and some of the players felt under pressure under Phil Brown. "Iain Dowie and his staff have done a tremendous job, it hurts me that we've only collected four points under them because they deserve a bit more success. "Iain Dowie hasn't taken us down, we were down before Iain Dowie because Phil Brown made essential errors that caused us to lose many games. "There's been so many times where players were left out for non-football reasons and the best players didn't always play, which wasn't fair. It's been frustrating, I'm very angry. "If I go back to December a year and a half ago when we played Manchester City away, that's when all the problems started. The team felt disrespected that day, the team didn't feel appreciated. We were sixth in the league, we'd lost two consecutive games and we didn't feel like we deserved to be treated like that at half-time, like a bunch of kids. "Phil Brown asked me to come here. I had a year to go with Middlesbrough on better wages, I left that because Phil Brown needed an experienced Premier League midfielder. "I didn't come here for money but then six months later, to be treated that way, I felt very disrespected. It had an effect on me, it had an effect on all the players. We covered it up but it took us a long time to recover from that. "After Liverpool, Phil Brown sacked all the canteen people and we had to train for a week with no food. Those kind of things affect the team, the team doesn't feel appreciated by the manager."