Dowie proud of his City job
PUBLISHED: 12:36 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:21 24 August 2010
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By Ben Kosky IAIN Dowie says he has no regrets about his spell in charge of Coventry as he prepares to return there with QPR this weekend. The Rangers boss was sacked by incoming Sky Blues chairman Ray Ranson in February after almost exactly a year in c
By Ben Kosky
IAIN Dowie says he has 'no regrets' about his spell in charge of Coventry as he prepares to return there with QPR this weekend.
The Rangers boss was sacked by incoming Sky Blues chairman Ray Ranson in February after almost exactly a year in charge, during which he guided them to memorable cup succeses at both Manchester United and Blackburn.
But Dowie, who has reassembled his Coventry backroom team - assistant Tim Flowers and performance manager John Harbin - at Loftus Road, feels his record at the Ricoh Arena stands up to scrutiny.
"I look back on my time at Coventry with no regrets, but other people come in and they've got their own ideas, which is fair enough," Dowie observed.
"I had a great time there and I was very pleased with the job I did, given that the club were on the verge of administration a couple of times and the players weren't being paid.
"We staved off relegation, which was a real danger at one stage, and then the cup runs the following season were fantastic. To go to Manchester United in the Carling Cup and win 2-0 was incredible and we should have beaten West Ham in the next round as well.
"To have 11,000 fans shouting for us at Old Trafford was something special - and I'll be hoping for the same from the QPR fans when we go to Aston Villa next week.
"Some of the players we brought in have done really well - Leon Best, Paul Fox and Scott Dann, for instance - and I think they've got a good squad now.
"Chris Coleman's a very good friend of mine and I'm sure he'll do well there. I had a good relationship with the Coventry supporters and I'm looking forward to going there on Saturday, as we all are.
"We need to make sure we're difficult to beat and if we play with the same tenacity we showed in our last away game at Bristol City, I'm sure we'll get a result."
Defender Fitz Hall is likely to be available again after recovering from a groin strain, as is Akos Buzsaky, who returns to the squad at Norwich on Wednesday night.
The midfielder completed 90 minutes for QPR's reserve side on Monday against Reading, which leaves Rowan Vine as the only senior player still on the injured list.
But Vine has made good progress since breaking his leg towards the end of last season and Dowie revealed: "We're looking at maybe the beginning of October for Viney to play his first reserve game.
"He's doing great and he's probably a bit ahead of schedule, so it's a case of 'keep doing what you're doing' and we'll give him time to get there.