The downside for Lee Bowyer if he takes Charlton to a League One play-off final during Wembley on May 27 is carrying to check a fishing holiday to a south of France.
‘I’ve already got a outing requisitioned so I’ll skip a few days,’ reveals a unlikeliest managerial success story of a season. ‘It’s a humorous conditions though I’d rather be scheming a lads for a many critical diversion of their lives.’
That Bowyer will be in a home cave for Thursday’s semi-final initial leg opposite Shrewsbury during a Valley is a vital warn in itself.
Lee Bowyer has behind a fishing outing if he guides Charlton to a League One play-off final
Bowyer, a penetrating angler, shows off a large canopy and owns a canopy lake in France
Following retirement in 2012 after a extensive career with Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham, Birmingham and Ipswich, he showed tiny seductiveness in staying in football.
He bought a canopy lake in a Champagne region, renamed it Etang de Bows and non-stop it adult as a business for angling tourists.
Even when aged Leeds team-mate Harry Kewell asked him to manager kids during Watford in 2015, there was no grave contract.
Yet a tour given has taken him behind to Charlton, primarily on a part-time basis, graduation to partner manager during a start of a season, and afterwards halt manager in Mar after Karl Robinson left.
Bowyer bought a canopy lake in a Champagne segment once he hung adult his boots as a footballer
Outside a tip 6 during a time, Charlton have won 6 of their 10 matches underneath Bowyer to explain a final play-off berth.
‘I had no goal entrance behind into a diversion when I’d finished playing. we didn’t wish to,’ says 41-year-old Bowyer, as slim now as when he won his solitary England cap.
‘But once we dipped my toe into a coaching with Harry, it gave me a ambience of that winning thing again, and being around football. It’s only left crazy from there. As a manager, we have enjoyed a tactical side most. You watch other teams and work out how to kick them.
‘As an assistant, you’re not in control. Now we can have things finished a approach we want. If we fail, I’ll have unsuccessful doing it my way.’
Bowyer played underneath tip managers including Alan Curbishley, George Graham, Terry Venables and Sir Bobby Robson – and he isn’t fearful to acknowledge their influence.
Bowyer played underneath tip managers including Alan Curbishley (left) and Sir Bobby Robson
He says: ‘I schooled from Sir Bobby during Newcastle that it’s excellent to have a fun with a players, it’s allowed, as prolonged as we keep that line where we are still in charge.
‘Terry Venables wouldn’t contend anything disastrous about his players in open if they’d struggled. we could have left crazy after we mislaid during Rochdale final Saturday, though we suspicion about Terry and took a step back, we pronounced how good they had finished this season.
‘Some players need an arm around them, to be told they’re a best in a world. Some need we to be firm.’ What is pronounced within a sauce room stays there, though we can be positive Bowyer stays as severe as he was when personification in midfield.
‘There has to be fortify in any club,’ he stresses. His player-assistant Johnnie Jackson elaborates about a Bowyer Blowdryer. ‘He can let slice and be brutally honest if a players tumble short,’ reveals Jackson.
‘But afterwards we pierce on. No grudges. He let everybody know in no capricious demeanour after we’d mislaid during Wimbledon how unhappy he was. The players realised afterwards they couldn’t come off their turn or they’d be out of a side.’
Bowyer (No 4) played for Charlton, Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham, Birmingham and Ipswich
Charlton have won 6 of their 10 matches underneath Bowyer to explain a final play-off berth
Young footballers are mostly viewed as being greedy and pampered. ‘Not here,’ says Bowyer. ‘All my lads are deferential and well-mannered.
‘I tell them a many critical thing is to work tough for any other.
‘I left dual players out of a patrol during Rochdale, Nicky Ajose and Harry Lennon. They asked, “Bow, can we transport anyway, we wish to be partial of it.” You don’t get that during other clubs. They’d be, “OK, see we later” and out a door.
‘I’ve attempted to make everybody professional. Not being late for meetings, something tiny that carries on to a pitch. Thinking we can only get by training. It’s not like that. You have to sight a approach we play and that is a power I’ve asked for.’
Bowyer’s understanding runs until a finish of a deteriorate with discussions on reason until after a play-offs.
Bowyer describes 20-year-old Jay Dasilva (L) as ‘better than Ashley Cole was during his age’
Perhaps his biggest attainment has been to get a Charlton fans behind a group again after years of open gainsay opposite a regime of owners Roland Duchatelet.
‘To have a Charlton male during a helm really helps,’ says Jackson. ‘It has authorised that tie between bar and supporters that was lacking before. You can feel a change of atmosphere and vibe.’
On Thursday night, Bowyer can call on splendid people such as tip scorer Ajose, Northern Ireland general Josh Magennis and 20-year-old left behind Jay Dasilva, on loan from Chelsea and described by Bowyer as ‘better than Ashley Cole was during his age’.
Shrewsbury finished 16 points forward of Charlton in a unchanging deteriorate though a Bowyer cause could be significant. It’s not time to put adult a ‘Gone Fishing’ pointer only yet.