Charlton Athletic director Steve Gallen has admitted that he worries about manager Lee Bowyer leaving the club, but insisted that Bowyer is keen to stay at the club.

Having done an impressive job since his appointment as Charlton Athletic manager, Lee Bowyer has been linked with a number of managerial vacancies in the Championship. It seemed he was set to depart in the summer before he penned a one-year contract extension and now with his deal up at the end of the season, there are worries that the Addicks could lose him.

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Director Steve Gallen has said to News Shopper that he worries about Bowyer leaving the club at the end of his deal, but insisted that the Addicks boss is keen to stay and keep working with Charlton Athletic. He said:

“I do worry about Lee leaving sometimes. I speak to him about it and I know he doesn’t want to go anywhere.

“Lee’s contract is up in the summer and he needs to be given a longer contract. He needs to be given some type of stability. We’re desperate for it. Lee really wants that. Lee is desperate to stay and extend and then we can focus on looking forward to the next few years and not six months at a time.

“We cannot have all the confusion about whether Lee had left or not. There was probably some cat and mouse going on between Lee and Roland calling each other’s bluff but Lee was very calm about it. Roland is no fool, but he feels that potential buyers might stall if they want to bring in their own people and see what it will cost them a lot to get the current team out.

“But I agree with the fans that Lee must be given a longer contract, we need to stop planning window to window and start thinking longer term.”


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