Lee Bowyer: Charlton Athletic Manager Resigns
Sometimes you can see the writing on the wall. The best football tipsters in the worldI wouldn’t put a huge chance on something that was bound to happen – although when it does, everyone thinks it’s a bit of a shame.
Such is the case of Lee Bowyer, now ex-manager of Charlton Athletic. He had been at the club for almost three years but, it seems, it’s time for a change at Charlton Athletic. Originally set up as a Guardian in 2018, it took only six months for Bowyer to prove himself and be offered the permanent position.
Yet there are still questions, the first being, of course, why? After all, he had more than two years of contract left, which should have seen him stay with the club until the summer of 2023. Football prediction sites all ask the same question, but Bowyer is a bit shy right now.
“It was a tough decision to leave,” Bowyer admitted. “Everyone knows how I feel for the club. The club is now in a place with a good owner who cares and wants to improve the place and I hope the club can continue to grow. He will always hold a special place in my heart.
There are eleven games remaining this season and Charlton is two points away from the play-offs, currently in eighth place in the league. So that’s a pretty respectable position here, right now – the handwriting was barely on the wall for Bowyer. Plus, he already oversaw their promotion in 2019 (so long ago now, the world of pre-lockdown!) After beating Sunderland in a play-off at Wembley.
Some might argue it’s because they were relegated after their very first season after returning to the championship. Others might say the multiple changes in ownership since taking office would leave even the seemingly most secure roles at a club potentially threatened on a whim.
Still others might say they can hear Brummie’s accents in the background. Rumor has it that Bowyer has been closely linked with Birmingham which is of course his other club. Aitor Karanka, the current manager has recently been in the crosshairs (perhaps literally) due to Birmingham’s poor performances in the Championship. Maybe there was an offer he couldn’t refuse … we’ll find out if that’s true or not at some point over the next few days, but for now it’s only speculation. To be or not to be: that is the question. Shakespeare aside, we’ll have the answer soon enough.
In the meantime, current owner Thomas Sandgaard has released a statement saying, “I want to thank Lee for all he has done for Charlton. I enjoyed working with him and wish him the best for his future. Our goal now is to find the right replacement to move this club forward. Until that happens, Johnnie Jackson, who was Bowyer’s assistant, will step in.