Iain Dowie

Where is Iain Dowie now?

Iain Dowie, the well travelled striker, retired from playing in 2001 and joined Oldham Athletic as assistant manager in 2002.

After the sacking of Mick Wadsworth he was promoted to manager but had to leave the post a year later due to the club’s financial problems.

In 2003 Iain Dowie was appointed manager of Crystal Palace where he enjoyed quite a bit of success but left the club in 2006 by mutual consent.

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He immediately took over at Charlton Athletic but was sacked after a disastrous run of form after only 15 games.

In 2007 he took over at Coventry City but he was released from his contract in 2008. He then went on to take charge of QPR but was sacked after 15 games.

A short spell assisting Alan Shearer at Newcastle United preceded a temporary role at Hull City as football management consultant.

Iain Dowie now works as a commentator and match analyst for Sky Sports on their Soccer Saturday programme.

He also provided co-commentary on some of the Euro 2016 games for ITV.

In March 2016, it was revealed that Iain Dowie had embarked on a new career as a regional sales manager for a homebuyer survey company called Go To Surveys.

Back to Southampton

Iain Dowie was a guest on Sky Sports programme The Fantasy Football Club in January 2016 where he picked the eleven best players he had ever played with in the #One2Eleven section of the show.


Iain Dowie’s #One2Eleven (4-2-3-1 Formation)


GK – Tim Flowers – what a keeper, and my room mate at Southampton.

RB – Tim Breacker – a consummate pro. He could get forward, was a good defender and a great lad around the place.

LB – Julian Dicks – a special player, good lad and a natural winner. He would tell you if you played rubbish, a very straight talking and a proper left-back.

CB – Rio Ferdinand– he was elegant, he looked like a Rolls Royce in terms of his movement and technically he was one of the best central defenders I’d seen.

CB – Chris Coleman – a fantastic character who, without the injury, would have gone on to be a top player. He had everything, pace, a lovely left foot, great around the place and a good leader too.

CM – Gareth Southgate – I played with him at Palace and he was a fantastic lad. He was a good footballer and a lovely athlete, a proper gentleman and also very elegant.

CM – Michael Hughes – I played with him and also managed him. He was small but he was nasty, had a wonderful left foot and could pick a pass or nick a goal.

RAM – Keith Gillespie – a natural winger who had a really good delivery on the run. An outstanding crosser of the ball at pace.

CAM – Frank Lampard – I loved his work ethic. Arguably the best goal-scoring midfielder we’ve ever produced.

LAM – Matt Le Tissier – an amazing player. He was the most naturally talented player I ever played with.

Forward – Alan Shearer – unbelievably aggressive and a winner. He had the ability to hit the ball into the bottom corner more times than I’d ever seen.


Iain Dowie: Premier League Statistics

NationalityNorthern Irish
Yellow Cards26
Red Cards0
Premier League Teams Played forCrystal Palace, Southampton, West Ham United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com