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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Jul 13, 2006

Dowie's legal row causing headaches at Charlton

Charlton chairman Richard Murray remains hopeful for a swift resolution to the legal case involving manager Iain Dowie and his former employers Crystal Palace.

Eagles chairman Simon Jordan issued a High Court writ against Dowie for 'fraudulent misrepresentation' over his departure from Selhurst Park - which came just days before being unveiled as the new manager at The Valley on May 30.

One of the main factors in his decision was said to be Dowie's constant travelling back to the north-west to see his family, who did not relocate when he took charge at Palace in December 2003 - although the 41-year-old coach was also at pains to stress it was not the over-riding issue.

Charlton instructed their lawyers to defend the case on Dowie's behalf, with a deadline of 5pm yesterday to lodge their paperwork.

Murray commented: 'Why we are supporting Iain is that we do not want him to be too involved in it, even though it is his case.

'I would love it to be resolved because football clubs in Palace's and Charlton's position have got more important things to be getting on with.'

Murray added: 'Charlton are not being taken to court - Iain has been accused of something and is defending himself, doing it in a gentlemanly way.

'I would think it would be months, because you cannot get a court booked unless it is so vital.'

The press conference to officially unveil the new Charlton manager was interrupted as a court representative attempted to serve the writ on Dowie, but was prevented from doing so by security staff before eventually completing his legal obligation later in the afternoon.

Murray admitted he thought it was 'the pantomime season' at the time, but has been left less than impressed by the whole saga.

Both Dowie and Charlton insist that, prior to leaving Palace, no discussions had taken place with the Addicks.

Jordan, though, was not about to let the matter rest.

Dowie had a compensation clause in his contract which meant if he left for another club, they would then have to pay Palace £1million.

However, Jordan agreed to waive the clause - and it is this which prompted the Eagles chairman to take action for 'fraudulent statements about his reasons for leaving the club'.

Jordan was also quick to launch a scathing attack on his former manager when interviewed on television shortly after Charlton's press conference.

Murray commented: 'Charlton have been slagged off a little, which we think is rather unfair.

'This is something between Simon and Iain, and they have to resolve it.

'But as I have said publicly, we are behind Iain and have helped him with his defence.

'Charlton do not often retaliate - we prefer to keep quiet and get on with our business.'

Murray added: 'I still cannot believe it, and said at the time maybe it was done for publicity rather than anything else because we could have been spoken to.

'I also thought it was quite amazing a live Sky camera happened to be in Marbella one minute after our press conference.'

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