Barmby happy for Dowie stay
Hull City veteran Nick Barmby has backed Iain Dowie to stay in charge of the team next season.
By Mike Barton
Last Updated: 08/05/10 5:37pm
Hull veteran Nick Barmby has backed Iain Dowie to stay in charge of the team next season as they look bounce back to the Premier League following relegation.
The former Crystal Palace boss has been unable to preserve the Tigers' top flight status since taking over on a short-term basis from Phil Brown in March.
With Dowie's contract due to expire following Hull's game at home to Liverpool on Sunday, club chairman Adam Pearson has a decision to make regarding who should take charge, despite finances being tight at the KC Stadium.
Barmby insists that he has seen enough of Dowie's coaching methods to suggest he deserves another chance.
"His intentions and ideas are good, he's very professional," said Barmby of Dowie.
"I've got on with him well and I've been impressed by him.
"If he gets the job, great, if he doesn't then I'm sure he'll get another job."
The 36-year-old former England international admitted he was unsure of his future at the hometown club he joined six years ago with his contract up at the end of the season.
Barmby, along with a host of other players, may be sacrificed by Pearson as the club looks to slash their wage bill, but the former Liverpool midfielder would be happy to stay on for another year should he be required.
"I'll sit down after the season and speak about that," he added.
"We've talked briefly but he (Pearson) has got a lot on his plate.
"Obviously I'd like to stay but we'll see how it goes. I've felt good this season. I've been available for every game other than one so hopefully I can go on for another year."
Barmby refused to be drawn on captain Goerge Boateng's controversial quotes regarding the management of former boss Brown.
He said: "I wouldn't say anything like that. If you have your beef with your manager then, for me, it's between us.
"But George felt he had to say something, he wanted to get it off his chest and that's the way George is, and everyone knows that.
"We've always gone out on the pitch to give our best and to win the game. The spirit has always been there among the players since I've been at the club, that's never been a problem, but people have different opinions.
"We want to put on a good performance for the fans. Hopefully the young kids will play. They'll be itching to pit their wits against one of the best teams in the country."