Where is Lee Bowyer now?
A no-nonsense battling midfielder who was never far away from controversy, Lee Bowyer retired from playing in 2012 after a season playing in the Championship with Ipswich Town.
Having signed for Leeds United in 1996 for £2.8 million (at the time a record for a British teenager), Bowyer was an important part of David O’Leary’s side which reached the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup in 2000 and the UEFA Champions League in 2001.
However, he did eventually win some silverware in his career in 2011 when he won the League Cup with Birmingham City.
During his playing career Bowyer, a keen fisherman, spent every summer fishing in a lake in France with his friends.
Upon retiring he called the owner of the lake and subsequently bought it calling it Etang de Bows which translates as ‘Bows’ Lake’.
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Bowyer admitted that he only actually liked the football playing part of his career rather than the peripheral parts that come with the profession,
He said it would be criminal not to pass on the knowledge he had acquired from working under some top managers at the highest level in the game which was the reason he decided to make a move into coaching.
In October 2015, Bowyer was invited by Watford U21’s manager and former Leeds United team-mate Harry Kewell to assist with the coaching of their team for a month.
The trial was an opportunity for Bowyer and the academy to have a look at each other to see if they could possibly work together in the future.
Unfortunately things didn’t work out for various reasons and he left after a couple of months.
Having completed his coaching badges in 2016 and keen to return to the game, Bowyer targeted the vacant Charlton Athletic manager’s job before it was taken by Karl Robinson.
He joined Charlton anyway on an informal basis with a remit to get the midfielders scoring more goals and was eventually appointed as their assistant first team coach in February 2017.
In July 2017 Bowyer was promoted to assistant manager and stepped in as caretaker manager alongside Johnnie Jackson in March 2018 when manager Karl Robinson left the club.
He did very well in his temporary role and led Charlton to the play-off semi-finals but unfortunately lost to Shrewsbury Town.
After a decent start to the 2018/19 campaign, Bowyer was appointed manager on a permanent basis in September 2018 and led his team to promotion to the Championship via the play-off finals in May 2019.
Lee Bowyer: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Leeds United, Birmingham City, West Ham United, Newcastle United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com