Former Premier League midfielder Lee Hendrie has told The Transfer Tavern in an exclusive interview that he was not surprised by Lee Bowyer’s decision to take over Birmingham City mid-season.
Bowyer was appointed manager back in March following Aitor Karanka’s exit from St. Andrew’s and has done an excellent job.
The 44-year-old, who left Charlton Athletic to join Birmingham, found Blues just three points above the relegation zone but was still able to guide his new side to Championship survival.
Was bringing in Bowyer a masterstroke?
Given the predicament that the Midlands club were in, it was a job that some managers perhaps would not have wanted to walk into. But given Charlton’s own problems, Hendrie was not shocked when he heard Bowyer’s name being linked with the Birmingham role.
Speaking exclusively to TT about the Birmingham manager, Hendrie said:
“I spoke to Bowyer a couple times since he came down. Obviously spoke to him mid-season when he was at Charlton and he was disappointed he sort of missed out on players at Charlton, and he felt they were in a false position.
“There’s obviously salary caps and stuff like that and he found it a difficult job at Charlton. I felt he was chasing something that possibly wasn’t there, hence why I was not surprised as soon as the Birmingham job came up, that his name was straight amongst it.”
In the end, it was quite a comfortable finish for Birmingham, who built a nine-point gap between them and the relegation zone, showing how good of a job Bowyer has done at St. Andrew’s.
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