Charlton boss Lee Bowyer: Takeover will bring stability at the club – plus new deals for me and my staff and money to spend in January

BY LOUIS MENDEZ

Charlton boss Lee Bowyer says an impending takeover at The Valley will bring stability to the club – as well as new contracts from him and his staff.

East Street Investments, backed by majority shareholder His Excellency Tahnoon Nimer, are awaiting EFL clearance to complete their purchase of the club from controversial current owner Roland Duchatelet.

Charlton’s prospective new chairman Matt Southall was in attendance as the Addicks were beaten 3-1 by Sheffield Wednesday in the lunchtime kick-off.

Bowyer, who is currently out of contract at the end of the season, has met with Southall in the last few days to discuss the new custodian’s plans for the South London club.

“[They want] to stabilise us, that’s important,” said the Addicks manager.

New chairman Matt Southall spotted during Charlton Athletic v Sheffield Wednesday SkyBet Championship, The Valley, 30 November 2019

“To stabilise us to stay in the league. There will be some help in Jan. That’s what we need to do as a football club. We need to become an established championship side and then you can build on that”

“”I’ve met and spoken to the potential new owners. It was a positive meeting. If they do get the green light off the EFL it’s going to be good news for the football club. From what I’ve heard, what they’ve told me, it’s all positive. The football club is the most important thing.

“If it’s going to improve us then that is the most important thing for me.

“They’ve said there is money to spend in January and that me and the staff are going to get proper contracts. It’s positive. It sounds good, I don’t know how long it will take for the EFL to clear it, but I don’t think it will be that long. We need to start planning for January, obviously. It will be nice to strengthen the squad if we can.”

“He’s said some nice things and positive things. I can only see it being positive news for us.”

“To stabilise us, that’s important. To stabilise us to stay in the league. There will be some help in Jan. That’s what we need to do as a football club. We need to become an established Championship side and then you can build on that.”

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