Lee Bowyer was appointed Head Coach in March 2021, having resigned from Charlton Athletic to takeover in B9.
A familiar and popular figure at St. Andrew’s, Bowyer wore royal blue for two-and-a-half years as a player. Initially arriving on loan in January 2009 from West Ham United, he made an instant impact by hitting a late equaliser on his debut and would appear a further 16 times that term as he helped Blues to automatic promotion from the Championship.
Bowyer was then a cornerstone of the team which finished ninth in the top flight, the Club’s highest league finish for half a century. And, as well as tenaciously shielding a backline that conceded fewer goals at home than any team outside the top four, the midfielder proved more than useful in front of goal too. Missing just three league matches in the process, Bowyer’s counters were the difference in matches against Fulham, Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Ham that all ended one-nil to Blues.
An eye for a goal from midfield, his handiness in the box continued into his second full and what proved to be final campaign in B9. His most memorable effort helped send Blues to the Carling Cup final at the expense of West ham, a team with whom he had two spells either side of three years at Newcastle United in the noughties.
He would follow this up at Wembley with a winning performance, brimming with energy and fight that eternally stitches him into a tapestry that is the Club’s history.
This proved the penultimate step in a meritorious playing career, amassing over 500 senior appearances in both domestic and European competition before retiring after a season-long stint with Ipswich Town.
As a coach, Bowyer has worked within Watford’s youth setup and as a trusty assistant to Karl Robinson at The Valley, prior to taking over as caretaker manager at Charlton in March 2018 – the team he had first signed professionally with back in 1994.
Managing the Addicks, the 44-year-old has twice guided them to the League One play-offs, showing resilience to regroup and come again following a setback first time around.
Edged out by Shrewsbury Town in 2018, Bowyer rallied his troops, and they returned the following year to beat Doncaster Rovers over two legs and then overcome a much-fancied Sunderland outfit at Wembley as they returned to the Sky Bet Championship for the first time since 2016.
At the time of leaving, he had guided Charlton to within touching distance of the Sky Bet League One play-off spots with 11 games remaining.
His first game in charge of Blues was a 2-1 victory over Reading at St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium.