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Thought it'd be good to give a bit of recognition to Bowyer since he's taken over.

When he did take the reigns towards the end of March, Charlton were 9th with 52 points, 5 points off the play-offs.

Since then, 7 games played and 13 points gained. Resulting in the club now lying in 5th and only 2nd to Wigan in the form table. It's early days for Bowyer at the club he started his career at but signs are looking good. 

For a club that has had a turbulent time of it in the last few seasons thanks to mismanagement by the new owners, he's brought a bit of the good times back at the club, recently at least. 

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He’s not nailed on to get the job from what I gather from a Charlton ST I know. Apparently it’s an Australian consortium who are buying the club and apparently they want Harry Kewell to be the manager. How legit that rumour is I don’t know, but it very loosely fits with Bowyer only being given a short-term deal. 

That said, he should get a crack of it. He has turned round a side abject of confidence from Karl Robinson’s spell there and turned them into a side picking up points and heading into the play-off’s as one of the form sides, which helped Millwall massively last season. 

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Charlton Athletic say they have been unable to agree terms with manager Lee Bowyer over a new contract.

The 42-year-old led the Addicks to the Championship this season with victory in the League One play-off final.

A statement on the club's website said: "Lee has been offered a one-year extension to his contract.

"If Lee does change his mind before his contract expires and chooses to continue his good work at Charlton, he is still welcome to stay."

The club is has been up for sale since 2017, with Cardiff City chairman Mehmet Dalman in talks about a potential takeover.

Charlton's statement added it would not be "good business practice" to offer a long-term deal when a new owner could be in place in a few weeks.

The club continued: "Lee has been offered a one-year extension to his contract at a level which is approximately three times what he had since his last increase when he became a permanent manager in September.

"This reflects the strong desire we have to continue to have Lee as our manager. But Lee wanted much more.

"The club hasn't started to look for any other manager in the meantime and does not intend to appoint a permanent manager since the club is going to be sold.

"A caretaker manager will be announced in due course and in the meantime, the other staff members will continue to prepare the upcoming season for which a lot of good work has been performed already."

Bowyer, who began his career as a player at Charlton and also played for Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham, took over at The Valley in 2018, initially on a caretaker basis.

He helped them back to the Championship after a three-season absence with a 2-1 victory over Sunderland at Wembley in May.


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