Deadline set for Lee Bowyer to sign Charlton Athletic contract

BY RICHARD CAWLEY

richard@slpmedia.co.uk

The chances of Lee Bowyer leaving Charlton Athletic this month have increased – with a deadline of Friday for a new contract to be agreed.

If the Addicks cannot strike a deal by the end of this week then the highly-rated manager is able to leave for nothing.

And the South London Press understands that negotiations are only kicking off properly today – making it a race against time to put together an attractive package for the 42-year-old.

Bowyer has privately expressed his disappointment at how long it has taken for talks to start to earnest.

He flew away for a week-long family holiday in Dubai a couple of days after the League One play-off final win over Sunderland.

But Charlton made no attempt to kick off dialogue before the former midfielder jetted away. And there has been a complete lack of urgency about the issue since Bowyer returned to the UK last Tuesday.

Addicks owner Roland Duchatelet revealed last week that he had triggered a contract extension clause in the manager’s contract last month – but Bowyer has to sign off for it to be activated.

After subsequently gaining promotion to English football’s second tier the normal practise would be for an upgrade to the terms.

Quite why Duchatelet and Lieven De Turck, who has been fronting up the negotiations from the club side, did not also agree a deal in the event the SE7 outfit ended their three-year stay in League One is puzzling.

If Bowyer were to step down then it would be just the latest in a succession of damaging setbacks endured under Duchatelet.

It is now over a fortnight since Charlton won at Wembley, with only about the same period of time before the players are due to report back for pre-season training.

Charlton head of recruitment Steve Gallen revealed last week that transfer deals are bubbling away and it is thought that up to four could be close to completion.

But it is unlikely those moves can be rubber-stamped until Bowyer’s position is addressed.

Duchatelet has at least said that he wants the manager to stay – even if the club’s actions don’t make it seem like it is a matter of urgency.

“He has done a fantastic job and therefore talks about improving Lee’s contract are scheduled for next week,” said Duchatelet on Friday.

“Both the club and Lee want him to be the Charlton Athletic manager next season.

“Stability is essential, even if the club gets sold soon.”

5 thoughts on “Deadline set for Lee Bowyer to sign Charlton Athletic contract

  • 11th June 2019 at 8:03 am
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    After last seasons success and the way Bowyer has been able to reunite the club and fans, it is imperative that he is tied down to a new long contract. Likewise for Jackson and Marshall too. Sadly, the owner and his minions have little or no idea how football works as we have found out to our cost over recent years.
    The sheer fact that we gained promotion in such a caustic club atmosphere and additionally sold well over 38k of tickets for the play off final surely must make us a very attractive proposition to would be buyers.
    Unfortunately, Duchatelet is asking too much for the club and this coupled with the still outstanding loans to past directors is proving huge problem. Sadly he does not have a clue, made obvious from his most recent ramblings!
    I just hope he gets on with the contract talks this week and a sale is close.

    COYR

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  • 11th June 2019 at 8:09 am
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    Bloody marvellous. Finally we have a successful manager, by accident really and now this.

    RD bog off. I used to support you but this seems just like pure malice and spite. People like you caused Brexit really.

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  • 11th June 2019 at 8:34 am
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    How did make his money he has no idea how to run a club, he sells the young talented kids at silly prices and now the best manager since Curbs and R D is dithering over his contract, should have been sorted weeks ago pull your finger out Roland.

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  • 11th June 2019 at 9:46 am
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    Well the club with uncertainly makes supporters and followers difficult to make a decision to buy season tickets it’s a wonder what RD is thinking it appears sell as many as possible season tickets then make a cheeky contract offer
    Regards
    JG

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  • 11th June 2019 at 11:48 am
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    If RD is as dis-interested as he says he is I can’t understand why he does not simply employ a competent chief executive, give them a budget and then p*** off back to Belgium for another 4 years or until he stumbles upon a realistic selling price and a willing buyer. Like he said we seem to be stuck with each other for a while but clearly he is wealthy enough not to need to keep throwing spanner’s into the works.

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