This article is part of Football FanCast’s Opinion series, which provides analysis, insight and opinion on any issue within the beautiful game, from Paul Pogba’s haircuts to League Two relegation battles…
The former Addicks academy graduate had absolutely no managerial experience prior to stepping into the hotseat, but still managed to lead his side into the playoffs that season with six wins from the club’s last 10 league games – unfortunately, they couldn’t overcome Shrewsbury in the semi-finals.
However, Bowyer has gone from strength to strength as a manager at The Valley and what he has done since taking the reins has been nothing short of astonishing.
He managed to oversee 26 league wins from 46 games last term, and also masterminded a route through the playoffs to see off Sunderland at Wembley and complete a remarkable achievement in just his first full campaign as a manager.
You would forgive the 42-year-old for having a slow start to life back in the Championship given the circumstances, but his Charlton side simply can’t stop winning and currently sit second in the table with four wins and two draws from their first six games.
The supporters are jubilant. Bowyer has restored their faith after years of baffling decisions at board level, and the manager and club seem like an ideal fit for each other.
Bowyer has impressed in the English game so much that Huddersfield are reportedly interested in appointing him as their manager, with Mark Hudson unable to get things back on track after the Terriers sacked Jan Siewert.
If Bowyer accepted this move, questions would have to have been asked.
Luckily for the south Londoners, the former Birmingham midfielder has since said he will be staying at the club, and he would’ve been crazy to think of doing anything other than just that.
It is rare to see such a connection between a fanbase and the manager nowadays, and when you are doing so well and things are going swimmingly at a club so close to you personally, leaving for anywhere else – especially a turbulent Huddersfield side – would be downright lunacy.