Don Goodman has been speaking on the latest edition of Sky Sports’ EFL Podcast about all things from the Championship, League One and League Two.
One of the topics that he spent a little bit of time on was Lee Bowyer’s decision to take on the Birmingham City job.
Bowyer decided to leave Charlton Athletic to try and save his former club from relegation, and in two games he has managed to take three points as they remain three points clear of the relegation zone – albeit with Rotherham United having some four games in hand.
However, Goodman revealed that he was surprised that Bowyer made the decision to take on the Birmingham role.
He said: “Am I surprised he took that job? Yes I am, to be honest with you, because he’s been through all these last few years of instability with Charlton and the ownership and the fans hating the owners.
“It was a real mess of a club, wasn’t it, Charlton, until a bit more stability has come in the last few months.
“It’s like he’s jumped out of the frying pan into the fire here, for me, because I think he is their seventh permanent manager since 2016? So it’s a gamble.”
Do you think Bowyer is the right man for the job?
TIF Thoughts on Bowyer and Birmingham…
Bowyer has only ever managed one season in the Championship, which was last year with Charlton, and he could not save them from relegation.
However, he is still a manager who has a growing reputation in the game and has made a decent start to life with the Blues.
It could be a risk for Bowyer, but if he can keep Birmingham up this season and start to build next season, then it could turn into a great opportunity.
However, the priority for now is to keep Birmingham in the Championship, and Bowyer has made a decent start in achieving that goal.