Former West Ham United player Lee Bowyer has stated it will be special to return to the club in tonight’s Carabao Cup clash, with the current Charlton Athletic boss admitting he has future ambitions of managing the Irons. 

The Hammers are back in competitive action on Tuesday night, with the Football League outfit the visitors in the knockout clash. 

West Ham fans will surely give Bowyer a warm welcome, with the feisty character a fixture in the Irons first-team midfield during his days as a player. 

Speaking about facing his former club in Charlton colours, the ex-Hammer only had good things to say about the East London side. 

“It’s really special [to be going back],” he told talkSPORT.  

“Growing up as a West Ham fan and playing there as well. 

“It’s going to be a bit surreal going there as a manager. It’s like I’ve gone through every stage of going to a West Ham stadium, so I’m looking forward to it. 

“Having the fans singing my name will be something I never forget so hopefully one day I might be able to manage them, so I can go the full circle.” 

Having a former player as manager would surely resonate with the West Ham fans and it is not beyond the realms of possibility that Bowyer could one day be at the Irons helm. 

However, after Saturday’s poor display against Newcastle United in the Premier League, there will be little room for sentimentality tonight – the Hammers need a win. 

West Ham were woeful in their Premier League opener and getting back to winning ways is necessary to restore some belief in the fans.

Another poor performance or shock defeat will only add pressure on the players and as such David Moyes should pick a strong side to face the Addicks.