Charlton Athletic fans will be boosted by the news that Lee Bowyer has claimed he would ‘love to sign a new deal with the club’ according to reports from London News Online.
Bowyer said he would love to extend his stay and believes his management staff are prepared to do likewise. The 42-year-old is being linked with the vacancy at Cardiff City following the departure of Neil Warnock with Welsh press reporting earlier this week that it was a straight race between him and former Millwall boss Neil Harris.
However, Bowyer stated he has had no discussions with Cardiff and is enjoying his time at the Addicks. “It’s not just me – all of the staff would like to get proper contracts,” said Bowyer. “And fair contracts.”
“But mine runs out in June and I’m going to be asked a million questions again about when I will sign a new contract.”
“I’d rather have a three-year contract, like other managers do, and then you might have some stability and something to build with. You’d think ‘okay, I’ve got a bit of time’ instead of the way things are here.”
The Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet has made no secret of the fact that he is looking to sell the club and is therefore unwilling to tie down any of his staff to longer-term deals.
Despite Bowyer guiding the London club to promotion to the Championship from League One and further enhancing his reputation as one of the brightest, young managers in the game, there is still no sign of the club extending his deal beyond June and this will be a concern for their supporters.
Bowyer understands the decision of the owner and the reasoning behind it but has admitted some frustrations. “I get and respect the reason why he is doing it,” said Bowyer. “But it doesn’t make it any better for us as staff – because there is uncertainty the whole time.”
“For us it is not a good situation to be in. We’d like the same contracts as everyone else have but we ain’t got that. So it is what it is.”