Lee Bowyer’s future is in the balance as he is still yet to agree a new deal, and the Evening Standard report his chances of continuing are 50-50.
The 42-year-old has been in charge at The Valley since March 2018 and since then he has turned around the club’s fortunes, leading to promotion via a 2-1 victory over Sunderland in the play-off final last month.
His departure would be a big blow to Charlton, who are set to embark on their first season back in the Championship for three years.
Talks will resume this week as the two parties seek to overcome the stumbling block of Bowyer’s salary, with Roland Duchatelet believed to have offered him a wage comparable to that paid to lower League One managers.
It is therefore understandable that Bowyer is unwilling to sign on, despite him wanting to stay at the club long-term.
The Evening Standard suggest Bowyer is ready to walk away if his terms aren’t reached, and he would undoubtedly have several offers from other clubs. Derby are reportedly keeping an eye on him should Frank Lampard leave, which is looking increasingly likely.
Charlton’s most important piece of business over pre-season is the signing of Lee Bowyer to a long-term deal. Matters haven’t been helped by the rumoured takeover by Mehmet Dalman, but Duchatelet could help improve his legacy by matching Bowyer’s demands, which are unlikely to be too ridiculous.
Bowyer has been instrumental to Charlton’s success. They have exceeded all expectations given their budget, and much of their success has been due to Bowyer’s coaching and getting the best out of the players available. The club should do everything they can to keep him and get this deal across the line.