Iain Dowie is expected to be named as the next manager of Barclays Premier League strugglers Hull.

The former Crystal Palace, Charlton and QPR boss is now odds-on to replace the sacked Phil Brown and could be appointed on Wednesday.

Reports also claimed Hull have been in contact with Portsmouth boss Avram Grant. The Israeli - whose side coincidentally face Hull this weekend - could be made available as Pompey are in administration, but there have been conflicting claims that the former Chelsea manager is not interested.

Hull's stated intention to appoint before Saturday's trip to Fratton Park also seem to indicate a manager currently out of work might be most likely, and Dowie falls into that category.

Steve Coppell, formerly of Reading, was also linked with the post, while Gary Megson, Terry Venables, Gareth Southgate, Paul Jewell and Mark Hughes have been mentioned.

The current caretaker boss is Brian Horton, a former City boss.

Chairman Adam Pearson, who returned to the club in October, has been unequivocal in emphasising the importance of survival to Hull's financial well-being.

The club's latest set of accounts filed to Companies House once again include a warning from accountants Deloitte that they will have to cover a shortfall of £21million to continue as a going concern should they drop to the Coca-Cola Championship.

The figures also reveal a reduction in the club's bank debt from around £15million to £4.6m, with repayments of £7m and £2m made in January and February, while owner Russell Bartlett has pumped in £4m since July.

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