Charlton fans will surely have got the feeling of deja vu in recent days, with Addicks boss Lee Bowyer once again being linked with a managerial vacancy at one of their Championship rivals.
The latest side which are said to be interesting in securing the services of the 42-year-old is Cardiff City, with the Bluebirds having seen Neil Warnock leave the Cardiff City Stadium earlier this week, they are keen to appoint a swift replacement for the outgoing 70-year-old.
It is pretty clear why Bowyer is reportedly a target for the Welsh club, with the Addicks gaffer having led his side to eleventh place in the league table after gaining promotion from League One last term via the play-offs.
With Charlton playing some attractive football which focuses on creating goal-scoring opportunities for both the forwards and the midfield, the signature of the rookie boss is certainly perceived to be a good choice for the Bluebirds post.
Will Bowyer leave Charlton?
Despite the consistent rumours of Bowyer being linked with various roles at other clubs, many will be confident of the 42-year-old staying at the Valley, due to his strong relationship with the club and its supporters.
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One player who would perhaps like to see the back of Bowyer is Chuks Aneke, the former Arsenal striker has found his game time largely limited under the stewardship of the Addicks boss, and the potential departure of the 42-year-old could increase his chances of getting more regular starts this season.
The summer incoming has only found the net once for his new club, and it is clear that he is firmly out of favour under the ex-Leeds United player, with Bowyer preferring to rely on Macauley Bonne and Jonathan Leko to score the goals in Lyle Taylor’s enforced absence.
One player that would almost certainly be negatively affected by the 42-year-old’s departure from the Valley is Chelsea loanee Conor Gallagher, with Bowyer having played a huge role in the young midfielder’s development this season, since arriving during the summer.
The 19-year-old starlet has really caught the eye with his performances in the centre of the park for the Addicks this term, scoring five goals and assisting one for his teammates in his first 16 Championship outings, meaning that his development and overall confidence could be hindered if Bowyer was to leave SE7.