Lee Bowyer signs new Charlton deal: Manager in sudden U-turn to agree contract extension hours after bizarre club statement

The Addicks had revealed Bowyer's wage demands and bemoaned the financial pressure of the Championship as takeover talks continue

Jack Rathborn
Tuesday 18 June 2019 09:06
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Lee Bowyer inspired Charlton to promotion last season in the League One play-off final
Lee Bowyer inspired Charlton to promotion last season in the League One play-off final

Lee Bowyer has agreed a new one-year contract at Charlton less than a day after the club announced talks had broken down in a bizarre statement.

The Championship club divulged Bowyer's wage demands, bemoaning their inability to offer their manager a long-term deal due to ongoing takeover talks.

Bowyer was thought to be asking for £200,000 per year, compared to Frank Lampard's reported £2 million salary at Derby who are in the same division next season.

But Bowyer has now revealed he never wanted to leave and his focus is on the upcoming season.

“We went on a real journey last season. The club came together - the players, the staff, the fans and we achieved something special. The journey hasn’t finished yet and I’m delighted this has all been agreed," Bowyer said.

“This has been a long process and I never wanted to leave, I love this club. I’d like to thank the owner for giving me the initial opportunity and now for continuing to believe in me.

“We have a fantastic fanbase here and my focus continues to be getting our squad in the best possible shape for the Championship next season.”

Charlton went as far as the reveal what Bowyer is demanding

Charlton Athletic owner Roland Duchatelet added: “What Lee has achieved in his short time at the club is very impressive. He has united the club once again.

“I would like to thank Lee for his professionalism during this process. While the negotiations have been ongoing, he has continued to work on building a squad for the club’s Championship campaign. Stability is essential and I am very pleased we now have the best man in place to lead us forward next season.”

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