Dowie outclasses ranting Jol

Last updated : 01 December 2004 By Nik Taylor

Iain Dowie has brushed aside the bizarre outburst made by Martin Jol after the Spurs v Middlesbrough game.

The Palace boss was on the pundit panel for the Monday night Sky game, and commented on how Pedro Mendes didn’t look at his best on the right.

Strangely, this seems to have sent Jol into a rage, with the Tottenham manager raging that Dowie was "not fit to mend my shoelace".

But, with the scene all set for a tiresome slanging match à la Wenger/Ferguson, the Palace boss has instead risen above the whole situation with customary calmness.

"If I had something to say about a person, I would do that face-to-face," Dowie told Sky Sports News. "All people are different.

"I've got more important things to do than listen to Martin Jol's comments, particularly in light of the comments that I've made, which were not defamatory or personal. But his were - that's for Martin to deal with, not me.

"It's a very thankless task to be a manager at times but I'm aware and respectful of the job Martin did at Waalwijk where he turned them around when they were on their knees.

"I understand and respect what he has done in the past.

"I would just ask the same from him."