Dowie consumed by plight
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Charlton manager Iain Dowie admits he is finding it difficult to detach himself.
Charlton manager Iain Dowie admits he is finding it difficult to detach himself from the team's worrying start to their Premiership campaign.
Speaking ahead of his side's trip to Fulham on Monday, Dowie concedes the job of a manager is all-consuming, and, with The Addicks' woeful start to the season, it has made for a grueling experience for the former Crystal Palace boss.
The Addicks are bottom of The Premiership, having lost six of their first seven matches.
"I am just not good at switching off, it just does not happen for me," said Dowie.
"Quite often you wake up with thoughts churning over in your mind.
"The job is all-consuming and I have always been a little bit like that in everything I have done - it is almost obsessive.
"Whether it is a good thing or a bad thing, I have always analysed everything I have ever done in each session, what you could have done better.
"Sometimes you do have to try to get away from it - but that is something I do not do particularly well."
Dowie feels forthcoming matches against Fulham, Watford, Manchester City, Reading and Wigan are crucial.
"We have had patches showing what we are capable of - and that has not been done enough," the Charlton boss admitted.
"Now everyone should be embracing the new ideas and they all know what I am about, what we are trying to achieve.
"We have had a period where we have had some difficulties, but now we all have to kick on."
Addicks captain Luke Young insists the squad are fully behind Dowie and dismissed speculation of dressing room unrest - fuelled by reports of an aborted get-together.
"All it was that two days before we played Arsenal a few of us decided to go out for a few drinks on the Sunday after the game, and we said that if anybody wanted to come they were more than welcome," Young told the club's official website.
"Obviously, though, we knew with it being the international break that players were going away for 10 days so they would want to spend time with their families. I wasn't expecting the whole squad to turn up!
"It was just a spur-of-the-moment thing: if anyone wants to come out we'll be in TGIs at this time. It's been made out to be a disaster that people haven't turned up - which is ridiculous."