Lee Bowyer: I want to build

I’ve been here when this Club has been in the Premier League, playing in cup finals and I would love to be part of bringing that back.

Lee Bowyer

New Blues Head Coach Lee Bowyer has outlined his ambition for the Football Club.

Bowyer, who was announced as Head Coach on Tuesday, spent two-and-a-half years of a distinguished playing career representing Blues and is now looking forward to continuing his affiliation with the Club in the dugout

His tenure started with a winning performance against Reading on Wednesday that has left Bluenoses excited for what the future holds. And having put pen to paper on a contract until June 2023, Bowyer is committed to delivering in both the short and long term.

After what he described as “a busy few days”, the 44-year-old followed training on Friday by addressing members of both the local and national media via Zoom.

In a twenty-minute session with the written press, Bowyer spoke passionately about the Club and could not disguise his ambition for the future, whilst critically recognising the task at hand.

Setting out his aims, he said: “I want to stay in the division and then I want to build. I know what the capabilities of this Club are. I’ve been here when this Club has been in the Premier League, playing in cup finals and I would love to be part of bringing that back. I know the fanbase, the staff, the Club and everything is in place.

“It disappoints me where we are today. Hopefully, we can start moving the Club back in the right direction.”

During his playing days, Bowyer was part of the side that delivered the Club’s highest league finish for half-a-century in 2010 before historically winning the Carling Cup a year later, and elucidated how returning to the Second City was a decision motivated by both personal and professional desires.

He explained to reporters: “To have the opportunity to go to a Club that I have feelings for and an affectionate for, it would be silly for me to not try and help.

“That’s the person I am, I love a challenge when people tell you that ‘you aren’t good enough'. We have some tough games coming up, I can’t remember there ever being an easy one in this division. I believe in the players and the staff around me and we will keep pushing the players from now until the end. I believe that they will give everything.”

Taking on that challenge alongside Bowyer will be Craig Gardner, with it being revealed to the press that the Brummie is taking on the position of Assistant going forward.

This announcement comes after Gardner joined Bowyer on the touchline midweek versus the Royals, with the Boss offering detail on what his former teammate will bring to the role.

He said: "I’ve brought Craig up, he was First Team Coach here, I’ve moved him up to an Assistant role. I will look to bring in another Assistant to work alongside Craig. That’s not something for right now though, I just want to concentrate on the games at present.

“Craig knows the players inside out, he knows their personalities and their mannerisms, so it was really important that I moved him up. He’s given me information and I’m picking his brains constantly. Craig’s been important since I’ve been here, as have all the staff.”