Dowie pledges Palace loyalty
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Crystal Palace director of football Bob Dowie insists he and brother Iain have no intention of walking out on the club following relegation.
Iain has performed miracles at Selhurst Park since taking over in November 2003 and brother Bob has proved a trusted lieutenant.
Dowie's efforts have not gone unnoticed and he has been linked with a number of posts during his time in South London.
The former Northern Ireland international made no secret of the fact he was left frustrated last term by the club's inability to sign players because of chairman Simon Jordan's refusal to pay agents' fees amongst other concerns.
That led some to speculate Dowie could look to move on if the opportunity to coach back in The Premiership presents itself, but brother Bob insists the pair are in it for the long-haul at Palace.
"We want to get back (to The Premiership), we tasted it and we are desperate to get back and taste it again," he told Sky Sports News.
"Absolutely we are (thinking long-term). The chairman forced us into that, when he recruited Iain he gave us a four-year deal, how many other people get given four year deals?
"That was a great statement from him, and now we've got to repay that statement by showing some loyalty and getting back in The Premiership."
Meanwhile, Palace are hoping to clinch a pay-as-you-play deal with Italian striker Nicola Ventola.
The hit-man spent last term on loan at Selhurst Park from Internazionale but was plagued by injury problems.
He managed just one goal in Palace colours, but The South Londoners believe he could prove an astute signing if he finds full fitness and the signs are that Inter are ready to cut their losses on the player.
However, it is thought that they will face competition from Atalanta - one of Ventola's former clubs - who also suffered relegation last term.
A possible season-long loan deal for Arsenal's Ryan Smith has also been mooted as a possibility.