EAGLES APPOINT DOWIE
Friday 19th December 2003
Dowie: set for Selhurst Park
Iain Dowie has quit Oldham to take charge of former club Crystal Palace the Second Division outfit have confirmed.
The Latics official website has revealed that Dowie informed the club on Friday evening that he would be leaving to take up the post at Selhurst Park.
Oldham granted the former Northern Ireland international permission to speak with Palace earlier on Friday, and Dowie quickly agreed terms with The Eagles.
The 38-year-old will take over from defender Kit Symons who had been in caretaker charge since Palace dismissed Steve Kember last month.
The South Londoners currently sit 21st in Division One - fourth from bottom - having won just three of their past 20 league games.
Dowie had been working under severe financial constraints at Oldham, and the chance to test himself with the club who he served in the late 1990s proved too tempting to reject.
Selhurst Park will become the third stop in Dowie's fledgling managerial career having served at Queens Park Rangers prior to his appointment with Oldham in May 2002.
Latics chief executive Alan Hardy confirmed that experienced playing duo John Sheridan and David Eyres had been put in temporary charge of first team affairs at least until the club came out of administration.
Good, hope he can knock our bunch of slackers into shape