Ahead of Friday’s Lancashire derby at Ewood Park, Neil Lennon and Gary Bowyer put aside their differences to have a good old moan about their bosses. Anthony Hart reports
Ahead of Friday’s Lancashire derby at Ewood Park, Neil Lennon and Gary Bowyer put aside their differences to have a good old moan about their bosses.
The two managers, either yet to have won a game this season, met up at a nice country pub in the Lancashire countryside, where they had a few pints of real ale, some crisps, and wished they had some financial backing in the transfer market.
During the course of the three hour catch-up, Bowyer and Lennon shared stories about the constraints they have had work under this summer.
‘I had a nice little ceramic pot in my office which was quite handy when I needed to answer the call of nature,’ lamented the Wanderers boss. ‘But I came in one Thursday morning and it was gone. Phil told me it had be sold to pay Emile for a week. I have to just go in a bush now.’
Bowyer also shared a few of his horror stories: ‘The embargo has hit us hard. The board did say they had a way of potentially getting some income in, but there was no way I was doing a new chicken advert. I have principles. You saw David Dunn, he just never recovered from that one. Even if he couldn’t get enough of those wings.’
A source said, ‘Gary and Neil had a good few hours together. They got a lot of things off their chest. They went back to Neil’s after for a bit of whiskey. They had a laugh and there were effigies of Gartside and the Rao family. It was all very social.’