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Dowie sacked by QPR

QPR have sacked manager Iain Dowie just 12 games into the Coca-Cola Championship season.

Norwich City 0 QPR 1: Tireless Rowlands rewards Dowie's faith

Queen's Park Rangers enhanced their promotion credentials as Martin Rowland's first-half free-kick earned Iain Dowie's 10-men all three points against Norwich at Carrow Road.

Queen's Park Rangers 4 Southampton 1: Blackstock strikes twice to punish struggling Saints

Southampton's manager played for the Netherlands in the 1978 World Cup final and their red-and-white shirts may remind observers of former European champions PSV Eindhoven, but going Dutch is not proving a happy arrangement right now for the Hampshire club.

QPR 2 Barnsley 1: Ledesma adds quality to QPR's exotic mix

For the first 20 minutes on Saturday you wondered what QPR's Emmanuel Ledesma, an elegant Argentine, made of it all. Welcome to the land of pinball passing and flying tackles. As his manager, Iain Dowie, said later, Ledesma hails from a land where "they play a languid, laid-back style. This is more harum-scarum."

QPR 2 Barnsley 1: Hall hints at rewards to come

From outside the stadium, nothing much had changed. There was even Stan Bowles, signing autographs, just as he did back in the Seventies. Only now he's 59. Inside, though, things were significantly different. There hadn't been such an aura of anticipation here for many years. Not least in the directors' box, where the prominent occupants included Flavio Briatore, the QPR Holdings Ltd chairman, who can never be accused of quietly merging into the background. The multi-millionaire Renault F1 team principal and the two billionaires, F1 ring-master Bernie Ecclestone and the world's fifth wealthiest man, Lakshmi Mittal, expect much for their investment.

QPR denie Dowie reports

QPR have brushed off reports claiming boss Iain Dowie is on the verge of being sacked following a row with the club's hierarchy.

Dowie bounces back as QPR go up in the world

When he introduced the word "bouncebackability" to the English language, Iain Dowie can scarcely have imagined how it would come to define his own managerial career. He coined it when he was the manager of Crystal Palace – specifically as a testament to his side's response in a match against Arsenal – and it was apposite that it should be originated by a man who displays such an admirable contempt for adversity. Which is why, despite his travails on the way, he will start the new Championship season as the managerof QPR, who are the bookmakers' favourites to rejoin the elite after an absence of 12 years.

Dowie charged with taking QPR back to the top flight

Reports last week suggested it might be Zinedine Zidane. Instead, Iain Dowie has been appointed as the new first-team coach of Queen's Park Rangers. The 43-year-old, who spent three years with the club as a player and also had stints as caretaker manager and assistant manager, has signed a two-year contract.

Plymouth Argyle 1 Charlton Athletic 2: Lita fuels Pardew hopes of late run for the play-offs

Both managers described this Home Park meeting of play-off hopefuls as a must-win match and at the close Paul Sturrock's Plymouth lost out. Alan Pardew's 10-man Charlton rekindled their slender chance of breaking into the top six by ending a six-match sequence without a win against the odds and an Argyle side bereft of imagination and flair on the day.

No place like home: In the steps of Robson and Ramsey

As a former Ipswich player, Jim Magilton has embraced the best of the club's past as he has guided them into a fascinating promotion battle. Now he must find a way for their away form to match their impressive results at Portman Road

Coventry City 2 Leicester City 0: Coleman swaps sun for Sky Blue thinking

On Saturday, the forecast for San Sebastian was 19C and sunny. In Coventry it was 12 degrees at best, windy and overcast. The Ricoh Stadium is nowhere near the beach, while Chris Coleman's previous club, Real Sociedad, is close to one of the most scenic coastal areas of the Basque country. We know that Coleman did not swap northern Spain for the Midlands in the hope of better weather, and in footballing terms he has traded down as well.

Coleman targets top flight after taking the reins at Coventry

The new Coventry City manager, Chris Coleman, has vowed to move the club "in the right direction" after agreeing a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Ricoh Arena.

Coventry City 0 West Bromwich 5: Mowbray locates lucky omen in Cup

Tony Mowbray may grumble about the FA Cup getting in the way of his team's chase for Premier League football, but he appears to be warming to the competition.

Coventry sack Dowie as Robson awaits fate

In the old days, extended FA Cup runs used to be the saving grace for managers under pressure. No longer, as Iain Dowie and Bryan Robson can testify.

Round-Up: Saints toil to claim victory over Bury and march into next round

League Two side Bury held managerless Southampton for 71 minutes at St Mary's on Saturday before Andrew Surman and Grzegorz Rasiak struck to put the Saints in the hat for the next round.

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