Lee Bowyer says Birmingham City’s owners have not responded to his request to discuss plans for next season. The head coach was speaking as Blues go into this weekend’s game with Millwall after a 6-1 mauling at Blackpool.
Following the defeat at Bloomfield Road Bowyer admitted his position could be under threat having granted have goals in the last two games. Asked on Thursday if he had heard from the owners he said he hadn’t.
Indeed the 45-year-old said he wished he had been able to speak with those who run the club. “I asked to have a conversation with them,” Bowyer said. “I am just waiting for a response.
“I just want to know what the plan is going forward. I have another year. I want to know what the plan is in the summer. You guys are all asking me questions about the summer, what the plan is, do you want to be 19th, 20th every year?
“So what is the plan? How are we going to change having a fight every last day to try and stay out of relegation? Are we just going to accept that as a football club or are we going to try to do something to make it go forward?These are questions that I want to ask as well.
“I don’t want to be in a situation where you’re doing some of the crazy things I’ve had to do all season. I want to be at a club that wants to be successful and wants to do the right thing and move forward. I have a career as well. I didn’t come here for my career to go from where it was and just slide down. No way. I’m ambitious and I’m a winner. I don’t want to be left in the lurch. Not a chance.”
Asked what he’d do if he didn’t get the answers he wanted, Bowyer continued: “I’ve got a year left, we’ll see what happens. I just want to have a conversation and see where we all lie and what we are going to do going forward. Last season when the owners wanted to speak to me then I was there and now, it’s the other way around. I want to have a conversation with them.
“Do I think we will have a conversation? Yes, of course I do. I am just waiting for a response you know, that’s all it is. I’m sure we’ll have a conversation and we’ll see how it goes I would have rather had it yesterday, for sure.
“What are we going to do? Let the season drag out? We have to plan. We are two or three weeks away from the end of the season and then everyone goes on holiday and you can’t even speak to players, they’ re here, there and everywhere. We turn up six weeks later and then what?”
Bowyer also defended his right to speak out – even if it does not go down well with ‘the people upstairs’. “What, because I asked, I want to have a meeting with them? I think every manager wants to have a meeting with their owners when you have got two weeks left of the season. I want to know what we’re doing going forward , for me, for this football club.
“I’m the manager, the man in charge. I have players who want to know what’s going on. Please don’t think I’m saying it in a disrespectful way because I’m not. You’re asking me a question and I’m giving you an honest answer. I want to sit down and see what we’re going to do going forward. I think I have the right to know what we are doing going forward.
“I’ve just given 18 months of hard work to keep this club afloat in the league, in the division. I want to build and I want to take it forward. I can’t do it on my own.
“It’s fine if they [the owners] say ‘There is no money, you have to bring in frees again and loans again’, then it is what it is. But give us the time now to try and get in front. But those best frees are probably gone already.”
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