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Charlton’s Lee Bowyer discusses the downsides of being a manager

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During the international break instead of using the time to drill his team, Charlton boss Lee Bowyer gave players and staff some time off to relax and recover.

He said – via the club’s Twitter account – that the break was ‘well needed’ but he and the players are now ‘raring to go again’. He described the job as being ‘relentless’, watching games constantly and that the job never really stops. Bowyer said the work ‘catches up with you’ as to why he needed the break.

Bowyer said how when he first became Charlton manager in September 2018, Alan Curbishley, who managed the Addicks for 15 years, told him that whenever he got the chance to, to take a break. Otherwise, he’d burn out. With 17 years of experience as a manager, Bowyer was right to listen to the Charlton icon.

The Verdict

Managing a football team can take a big strain on the coach. All coaches are different, but some are known as being obsessive and relentless. Doing hours and hours of their own analysis as well as meeting with coaches, players, scouts and analysts for every single game.

Bowyer watches loads of games, hoping to get that extra edge when it comes to every single game, trying to squeeze out every possible point as well as reviewing every decision he and his players made.

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