‘It’s not usual, is it?’ - Lee Bowyer claims Birmingham City owners are no longer answering his calls

The Birmingham boss has also expressed concerns that the club are already falling behind in the summer transfer market

Birmingham City’s manager Lee Bowyer has claimed that the club’s owners haven’t been in touch with him recently and that he received “no response” when he asked he asked to have a conversation with them.

The Blues boss branded his side’s dismal 6-1 defeat at Blackpool on Easter Monday as his “worst day in football”, and the former City midfielder admitted that he’s feeling the pressure in the St Andrew’s hot seat following the game.

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Bowyer’s side are now safe from relegation, but slumped to their third defeat on the spin, including 10 goals conceded in the last two matches alone following the defeat at Bloomfield Road.

It's been a disappointing campaign for Lee Bowyer's side.

“I just want to know what the plan is going forward”

As reported by The Athletic, the Blues boss claimed the club’s owners are no longer answering his calls in yesterday’s (April 21) press conference ahead of Blues’ home game against Millwall on Saturday.

When asked by The Athletic if the owners (Birmingham Sports Holdings Ltd) had been in touch, Bowyer said no, before saying: “I asked to have a conversation. There was no 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. How are we trying to avoid 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? I don’t want to be in a situation where I’m doing some of the crazy things I’ve had to do all season.

“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 in the division.”

Lee Bowyer

When asked if he thinks it’s unusual for the owners to not respond to the manager, Bowyer added: “It’s not usual, is it?

“Last season when the owners wanted to speak to me then I was there, and now, it’s the other way around.

“I would had rather had the conversation yesterday. What are we going to do? Let the season drag out?

“Every other club in this division — I know for a fact — are speaking to players and lining up players and planning for months.It’s not happening here.

“If they (the owners) say there is no money, you have to bring in free players again and loans, then it is what it is. But give us the time now to try and get in front.

“The best free transfers are probably gone already. I know one off the top of my head. A centre-half who is a free transfer, done. They’re all going to go, but at the end of the day, it is what it is.”

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