Dowie sticking by Clinton
By Paul Higham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Iain Dowie expects Crystal Palace fans to welcome Clinton Morrison should he sign.Iain Dowie says that an adverse reaction from Crystal Palace fans will not stop him signing Clinton Morrison.
Morrison is primed for a return to Selhurst Park as he arrives at the club for a medical ahead of his £2 million move from St Andrews.
The Republic of Ireland man left The Eagles in 2002 in a £4.25 million deal - which also saw Andy Johnson join Palace from Birmingham.
Morrison has now fallen down Steve Bruce's packing order at St Andrews and Palace look to have beaten off competition from Norwich, Sunderland and Southampton to sign the 26-year-old.
Palace fans have given Morrison a hard time on his returns to the club but Dowie insists it has not put him off.
"I wouldn't take the reaction of the fans as a swaying factor in which player I sign," said Dowie.
"As a manager you have to be brave enough to make decisions you think are right. Decisions made on the transfer front will be what I consider to be right for the club.
"But I would be amazed if he didn't get a good reaction when he comes back to the club. He has scored a lot of goals for the club and he deserves a good reaction.
"Clinton is a good player and we would love to add players to our squad.
"Don't forget the club received nearly £5 million when he was sold in the first place."
Morrison will now get the chance to partner Johnson in attack, after replacing him at Birmingham, and assistant boss Neil McDonald is confident they will make a strong strike partnership.
"Clinton Morrison is an international footballer who scores goals," said McDonald.
"We need a player like that - someone who can work in the box and put the ball in the back of the net."