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Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer was born in London, 1977. Only recently has Bowyer made the move into management, before this he enjoyed an 18-year playing career in which he played for six clubs - he also holds the distinction of being capped for England.
A midfielder by trade, Bowyer was known for his tenacious attitude which sometimes created the false perception, both in the media and in the public eye that he was a player who relied more on his physical attributes than his footballing ability. However, this was not the case; Bowyer was skilled with and without the ball and his tactical adeptness made the move into management a natural one.
He started his playing career with Charlton Athletic, the club where he eventually returned to as a manager. Here he would make just over half a century of appearances, scoring 14 times along the way. His time at Charlton was marred by his failure of a drugs test, in which he tested positive for cannabis - this is one of a number of legal incidents scattered throughout Bowyer's otherwise positive career.
In 1996, Bowyer switched London for Yorkshire as he was snapped up by Leeds United for nearly £3 million - this was a record high for any British teenager at the time. It would transpire that Bowyer would appear more for Leeds than any other team in his career - he made over 200 Premier League appearances, scoring 38 goals, a healthy return for a midfielder especially one who often adopted a deeper role.
Although Bowyer would play arguably the best football of his career at Leeds, again his time was blighted by controversy. Almost immediately after his signing, Bowyer would be charged for an incident which involved him racially abusing a McDonald's employee. Four years later, Bowyer and teammate, Jonathan Woodgate, would be charged with GBH following a fracas outside a Leeds nightclub. However, it should be noted that, although Woodgate was convicted, Bowyer's charges were dropped.
Following the incident, Bowyer was disciplined internally by Leeds, a course of action which the midfielder disagreed with. This is widely believed to have been the cause, or at least the start of a chain of causes, which led to him leaving Leeds United in favour of moving back to London, this time with West Ham United.
Although he would re-sign for the club four years later, Bowyer's initial stint at West Ham was brief and unsuccessful in equal measure - Bowyer made just ten appearances as the Hammers were relegated to the Championship.
Keen to stay in the Premier League, Bowyer pushed through a move to Newcastle United. Although Bowyer's time in the North East was a relative success, his time is, unfortunately, best remembered for his on-the-pitch clash with teammate Kieron Dyer which has become something of an iconic Premier League moment.
After making 98 appearances for the Magpies, Bowyer would rejoin West Ham where he made 51 Premier League appearances in three seasons. Bowyer struggled with injuries in his second stint with the Hammers but, when fit, was a first-team regular.
Bowyer moved on to Birmingham City, initially on a loan deal and then on a permanent basis, where he made 80 appearances and scored 10 goals, helping the club gain promotion to the Premier League in the process.
Bowyer's final season came in 2011/12 when he joined Ipswich Town who played in the second tier of English football. After 30 appearances for the Tractor Boys, Bowyer would hang up his boots to pursue a career in coaching.
Bowyer's playing days were spent predominantly in the Premier League and he enjoyed a thoroughly successful career. This lead to him being offered his first coaching role with former club Charlton Athletic.
On 16 March 2021, Bowyer replaced Aitor Karanka as head coach of Birmingham City; he signed a two-and-a-half-year contract.