Bowyer Was Offered Coaching Role Friday, 10th May 2013 15:40
Former midfielder Lee Bowyer has revealed that ex-boss Paul Jewell invited him to join the club’s coaching staff last summer. Bowyer spent a year with the Blues before moving on at the end of 2011/12 after making 24 starts and five sub appearances and scoring twice.
The 36-year-old told the West Ham official site that despite not having had a club this season, he plans to look for a new side for the year ahead "I'm doing my coaching badges at the moment and spending time with my family.
“I might try to nick another year as a player next season. I could have played this year but it wasn't really right. Paul Jewell wanted to keep me on as a coach at Ipswich but I wasn't quite was ready for that.
"I got offered a player-coaching role at Gillingham with Martin Allen but didn't really fancy it either. I don't think you can be a player and a coach because when you walk into the dressing room the players will think 'He's going to be the teacher's pet'. I didn't want to be put in that position.”
Bowyer says that ultimately he’d like to coach at youth level: "With the people that I've worked with and played under it would be criminal not to go into coaching.
“I've worked under five former England managers and learned a hell of a lot in the game. I'm not interested in being a manager, but I'd like to coach youngsters, perhaps U16s or U18s and guide them with my experience."
On the day a youngster that has just left the club praises Bowyer for his influence people still find it fashionable to beat him over the head with something (something shameful yes) that happened over a decade ago. Twtd eh.
Bowyer would have been a good addition to the staff imo. His legs went while he was with us but the quality was still evident. Two important goals and a few assists went well ignored by many. Maybe expensive for what he gave us, but he wasn't as bad as some make out.
The fact that we even employed a racist thug like Bowyer, let along considered allowing him to influence others just proves how far this great club has (or hopefully now under the experienced stewardship of MM had) slipped.
Under Burley Danny Sommer was sacked (or sold for next to nothing urgently - same difference) for having a beer too many and ending up shoeless (and legless!!) on the steps of the town hall.
Since then we have - allowed a player to show support of his friend's drink driving killing spree - put up with all Chopra's tatics - seen our skipper commit more than one moronic driving offence - lie under caution - and then allow the same player to go on a jolly to play two friendlies in the Caribbean when we were still facing relegation
and then there were the two more recent ongoing court cases I won't go into details for obvious reasons but we still selected one and are paying the other despite severe allegations.
Surely all league clubs should draw up a code of conduct that allows players who commit certain crimes to be sacked by their existing club for gross misconduct (the same as me or you if we missed work due to 'outside activities') and not be employed either for a agreed period or perhaps sin die by all other league clubs. Then players like Bowyer, Chopra, Marlon King, Lee Hughes etc etc would get the total retribution their actions deserve.