Charlton Athletic have today unveiled their management team, which sees Lee Bowyer extend his stay on the coaching staff the The Valley. He becomes the outright assistant manager to Karl Robinson, after holding a temporary role with the club since January.
In addition to this, Johnnie Jackson now takes on the role as player/coach of the Addicks too. Jackson is the clup captain, and of course continues his playing duties as well. This movement places more responsibility on Bowyer, now aged 40, in what is his first full time coaching role in the professional game. Bowyer joined Charlton as a schoolboy, turning professional in 1994.
Robinson states that the pair are perfect to have on his coaching staff, as they perfectly understand the club as a whole,
“I think it’s important that there are Charlton people in the building and Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson are two people who know exactly what this club is about.
“They’re very good at what they do and the players love them both. I know Jacko will be a top coach and will, one day, become a great manager and I’m sure Bow will do the same. It’s the first step for them and hopefully they’ll flourish and we can be successful together.”
Speaking on his appointment, Bowyer, who also played for the likes of Newcastle United before ending his playing career at Ipswich Town, says it was a no-brainer to take on the job,
“It was an easy decision to make. We worked closely towards the end of last season so I know the ins and the outs and it’s felt a bit like a homecoming because there are a few faces who are still here from when I was a kid.”