There’s a long interview with Lee Bowyer in today’s Observer. Click HERE to read it. Here’s a taster…
After feeling he had let down himself – and everyone else – the first time at Upton Park, he returned not only to prove everyone wrong but to exorcise some demons. But when he ended up in another relegation scrap with the club he supported as a boy and with his confidence undermined by years of negativity, he was, unsurprisingly, consumed by self doubt.
‘I’ve come here twice and it was like we might get relegated twice, so I thought I was a Jonah. I thought, “What am I doing here? Everything’s going against me”. I just had this feeling like I’m not supposed to be here.’
That thought has not crossed his mind this season, although on the opening day against Manchester City he agrees he had probably the worst game of his career. ‘I just put myself under too much pressure,’ he says. ‘But it was one game and there were 37 more to go. I still had plenty of time to prove myself. I like to think I’m doing that. I’ve now scored goals for the club I love and things are going right.’
The horizon is brighter for his club too. ‘I think we can still challenge for Europe. We’ve stayed in touch, although we need luck to happen with players coming back from injury. If we had a run like we did at the end of last season then we’ll be up there. Our club has gone from rock bottom, but now we’re in the top half and we’re moving in the right direction.’
From rock bottom to moving in the right direction: just like Lee Bowyer.