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Dowie hired to keep Hull City up

AP , HULL, ENGLAND

Former Newcastle United coach Iain Dowie shouts instructions during a warm-up before their Premier League match against Stoke City last March at the Britannia Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England.

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Premier League strugglers Hull City hired Ian Dowie as manager until the end of the season to save the club from relegation.

Hull are three points from safety and Dowie has nine matches to keep the club in the top division, starting with a crucial trip to last-place Portsmouth on Saturday.

But under Phil Brown, who was fired on Monday, the Tigers had won just five matches this season — and none away from home.

“It’s not an easy one — we know it’s a difficult situation and the club is in a poor run of form away from home,’’ said Dowie, who will be assisted by Steve Wigley and Tim Flowers.

“We want to be in a position where our destiny is in our own hands,” he said.

Hull chairman Adam Pearson said the statistics were “pretty damning” under Brown, who led the club into the top flight for the first time in its 104-year history in 2008.

“We have a very honest manager [Dowie] who will give us some good discipline and integrity,” Pearson said. “There are five or six games we think are eminently winnable.”

The 45-year-old Dowie had a spell on the Newcastle coaching staff last season but could not help the club — then managed by Alan Shearer — avoid relegation from the Premier League and left at the end of the season.

Dowie, a former Northern Ireland striker, endured ill-fated spells as manager of Charlton, Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers.

“We have a manager here who understands about survival battles,” Pearson said. “We have hired a specific manager for a specific job.”

Dowie enjoyed a successful playing career as a no-nonsense striker turning out for West Ham, Queens Park Rangers, Southampton and Luton Town.

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