Birmingham City make decision on Bowyer future - Sources

By Wayne Veysey

4th May, 2022 | 1:35pm

Sources: Major update on Lee Bowyer’s future at Birmingham City

Birmingham City are preparing to sack Lee Bowyer at the end of the season, Football Insider understands.

This site revealed last month (17 April) that the 45-year-old was fighting for his job despite steering the team clear of relegation.

But a Birmingham City source has told Football Insider that club chiefs are planning to dismiss Bowyer and appoint a new manager.

One key factor is that the ex-Charlton Athletic boss has a tense relationship with Craig Gardner, who was appointed technical director by the club last summer.

Bowyer has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at St. Andrew’s.

The Blues appointed the Englishman as their manager a year ago following the departure of Aitor Karanka.

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In his first season in charge, Bowyer secured an 18th-placed finish in the Championship.

However, there has been little to no improvement this year, with the club currently 20th in the table with one game of the season remaining.

Birmingham are winless in their last five league fixtures following a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City on Saturday.

Speaking to club media post-match (1 May), Bowyer said he was “disappointed” by the result but not by his team’s performance.

The Blues welcome Blackburn Rovers to St. Andrew’s on Saturday in what could be the final game of Bowyer’s tenure.

Bowyer has won 17 of his 58 games in charge of Birmingham and has a point-per-game average of just 1.16.

In other news, a source has revealed that ex-Derby boss Phillip Cocu is a leading contender to replace Tony Mowbray at Blackburn Rovers.