BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer was looking forward to sharing the Valley touchline with Neil Warnock – admitting it was a “surprise” when the experienced boss stepped down at Cardiff last week.
The Bluebirds appointed Neil Harris as manager over the weekend and his first match in charge will be at The Valley on Saturday.
Welsh press claimed at the start of last week that Cardiff were set to choose between Charlton boss Bowyer and Harris as the replacement for Warnock.
Asked about the managerial change last week – before Harris took the job – Bowyer said: “I thought he’d signed a new contract in the summer for another year and was going to try and get them back up.
“I was looking forward to standing next to him and seeing how he is on the side, because he’s very involved in the game. Maybe he didn’t want to stand next to me!
“He is an experienced manager and you are always looking to learn off them. You can’t knock him, can you? I’ve never met him. The people I do speak to in the game – those that have worked for him- always speak highly of him.”