Charlton Athletic manager and former Birmingham City midfielder Lee Bowyer has praised Aston Villa managers past and present in Steve Bruce and Dean Smith.
As per TalkSport, Bowyer credits both Newcastle boss Bruce and Villa supremo Smith with giving him advice which has helped him guide the Addicks into the upper reaches of the Championship.
He said: “I spoke to Dean Smith in pre-season and asked him if there’s one bit of advice you could give… “He said ‘try and win every game in that division’. I would have done that anyway, but it’s nice to hear that from a fellow manager, as that’s my mentality.
“I speak to Steve Bruce quite a bit. I never played under him but he tried to bring me to Birmingham about six times. He’s a nice, respectful man who I know very well. He’s got all the experience you can have as a manager, so I’ve turned to him for advice in certain situations.”
TBR’s View – Bowyer emulating Smith on a smaller scale at Charlton
Dean Smith is a Villa man and doing his club proud in the Premier League, just as Chris Wilder is with his local club Sheffield United. Bowyer is a Charlton man who has re-energised his club.
He has taken to management like a duck to water and has been the man to galvanise a club that was struggling for direction under chaotic circumstances, much like Villa were when Smith took charge.
Bowyer would be a strong fit for another of his former clubs Newcastle if they ever got their board situation sorted and is proving there’s some depth behind the battle-hardened persona which took to the pitch during his playing days.