Lee Bowyer conducting a post match interview for former club Charlton Athletic

Birmingham City are confident of announcing former Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer as their new manager in time for tomorrow night’s game against Reading.

Bowyer resigned as Charlton boss on Monday afternoon after it was made clear he was Birmingham’s number one target.

The 44-year-old is not overseeing training ahead of that game as he is yet to sign the deal to become the club’s new manager.

Reports are suggesting it’s only a couple of legal issues holding the deal up now and they are expected to go through as a formality.

Birmingham are desperate to appoint Lee Bowyer as soon as possible in their bid to avoid relegation to League One.

Following Saturday’s 3-0 home defeat to Bristol City, they are currently just one place and three points above the Championship relegation zone. However, Rotherham, who lie one position below Birmingham have four games in hand.

Birmingham have still not announced the departure of Aitor Karanka as of yet.

Birmingham will be hoping appointing Lee Bowyer will work to their benefit even more so as he is a former Blues player and knows the club very well.

The former Birmingham and West Ham midfielder took over Charlton as caretaker manager in 2016 after Karl Robinson left for Oxford United. The former Charlton man was then appointed manager full time sixth months later.

The one-cap England international guided the club to a third-place finish in his first full season in charge, beating Sunderland 2-1 in the play-off final at Wembley to win promotion to the Championship. However, Charlton only lasted one season in the second tier as they were relegated the following year.

Charlton currently sit in eighth place in League One after winning 14 of their 35 matches this season.

There won’t be too many Birmingham fans upset about the departure of Karanka, however, Bowyer’s appointment, this late in the season, is still a risk. It’s difficult to understand why Karanka wasn’t dismissed earlier but given the confusion surrounding the situation, coupled with Birmingham’s well-publicised financial struggles, it’s likely to be something to do with money and the cost that’s involved in getting rid of the Basque manager.

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