Lee Hendrie has backed Lee Bowyer to do a good job at Birmingham City, although he warned the new boss that he is taking on a huge challenge.
After a few days of speculation, Blues finally confirmed last night that Aitor Karanka had left, with Bowyer succeeding him after he resigned from his role at Charlton.
Given Bowyer has a connection with the club from his playing days, most fans are optimistic about what the future can bring under the 44-year-old.
And, Hendrie, who turned out for Blues’ bitter rivals Aston Villa in his playing days, admitted to Football Fan Cast that this is a good move from the Championship strugglers, even if keeping them up this season will be tough for Bowyer.
“He’s got a big job on his hands, he really has. The league table speaks for itself, really, they’ve got to depend on other results at the moment, but, you know, Lee’s a very good manager.
“I think he’ll make a big impact. I think his style… he’ll be honest with players and he’ll want the best and I think he’ll get the best out of the players. So I feel it’s a great appointment.”
Bowyer’s first game will be against Reading at St. Andrew’s this evening.
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There won’t be many Blues fans who expected to be reading some kind words from Lee Hendrie, but the Sky Sports pundit clearly thinks this is a smart move from the hierarchy.
That’s a view that most will agree with, as Blues are seriously struggling and a change was needed.
Now, it’s down to the new boss to start proving why he is highly-rated as a manager, and he will be targeting three points tonight to get off to the perfect start.
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