Dowie ? I'm staying at Palace

Last updated : 13 May 2004 By Nik Taylor

Palace fans can heave a sigh of relief after Iain Dowie ended days of speculation over his future by insisting he has no plans to leave Selhurst Park.

The Eagles’ inspirational boss has been linked with a clutch of jobs recently – most notably the vacant hotseat at Elland Road. But Dowie insists he wants to see out his contract with Palace, which still has a year to run.

"I have got an 18-month contract and I will work that 18-month contract," Dowie told the Croydon Guardian. "There wasn't anyone moaning saying 'why did you only give him an 18-month contract' six months ago, but now they are doing that because of results. I am not worried about it.

"It doesn't detract my focus. When the team's doing well you get interest, that's the way it is. But at times like this it's very important to stay focused."

Dowie was emerging as the bookies’ tip to succeed sacked Leeds boss Eddie Gray, and he’s still listed as the favourite to get the United job.

But it appears he has no intention of ‘doing a Bruce’ and leaving Palace within months of arriving.

"You won't see me speculating about my future," Dowie added. "All I will do is pay ultimate respect to Crystal Palace Football Club because that's who I am employed by. How that progresses is out of my hands. I am not owner of the club."