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Pearson says no decision yet over future of Hull boss Dowie

Hull City chairman Adam Pearson says no decision has been made about manager Iain Dowie after they were officially relegated yesterday.

Dowie was coy on his future after the match and Pearson insisted the managerial situation will take a back seat until the finances have been sorted out, but he did praise the former Crystal Palace and Coventry boss for his contribution.

"He's certainly shown he's up to a challenge by coming here and I take my hat off to him for that," said Pearson. "He's handled it with great dignity and integrity and some broad shoulders and I can certainly learn some lessons from him.

"Iain's got as big a say in (whether he stays) as we have. We've had a brief chat with him but there'll be no discussions with Iain until the end of the season.

"We have to make sure we finish the season well. It's £800,000 per place and it's absolutely imperative we stay above Burnley so we have to play the last two games with the same endeavour and desire and pride that we showed this afternoon."

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