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Lee Bowyer recalls Sir Bobby Robson lesson when he ‘rested’ the player at Newcastle United

4 years ago

Lee Bowyer has been thrown into his first management job.

Only caretaker at the minute but if Charlton go up, he will surely get a long-term deal.

With one win from one game since taking over from Karl Robinson, the former Newcastle player has his team only two points off the play-offs and a game in hand.

Starting on Friday against Northampton, Lee Bowyer and Charlton have nine games separated by only 36 days, as they try to get into the Championship.

Interviewed ahead of Friday’s match, Lee Bowyer says that with so many games he will have to use ‘squad rotation’.

He then recalled his time at Newcastle United and how Sir Bobby Robson used his man-management skills.

Lee Bowyer saying that Sir Bobby once told the player he was ‘resting’ him.

Bowyer stating the Newcastle manager had a habit of still making you feel important even when giving you bad news…because he then suddenly thought ‘Resting me? I haven’t played for over a week, what do you mean resting?!!!’

Lee Bowyer:

“Sir Bobby Robson, he dropped me once.

“But he called it ‘resting’ me.

“That was the worst saying I ever heard.

“I said ‘resting me? I haven’t played for over a week, what do you mean resting?!!!’

“So yes, he was very good with his words. He made you still feel important.

“Resting me? No, you’re dropping me!

“There is going to have to be rotation because April, next month, is a crazy month.

“And we are playing top teams so we are going to have to find a fine balance and that’s why we need all our players back.

“And slowly but surely they are coming back and we will be fine.”


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