Charlton Athletic will be preparing for life in the Championship next season, following their play-off final victory over Sunderland at Wembley last month.
With preparations in full-swing, one final piece of the jigsaw is finally being addressed with talks over a new contract for manager Lee Bowyer finally being re-opened, as reported in the Evening Standard.
So what are the chances of Bowyer signing a new deal at the Valley?
“I think they’ll reach an agreement eventually.
“I can’t see him leaving after what he’s achieved at the club and he’ll want to test his management skills in the Championship.
“However, I understand why he might have doubts given the ownership structure at the club.”
“I’m 100% sure he’ll sign after the season he’s just had. Guiding Charlton to promotion despite competing with clubs like Sunderland and Portsmouth is a brilliant achievement given the circumstances.
“He will be concerned by the prospect of his better players leaving, but you can see the determination he has, both in his playing days and now as a manager.
“Despite constraints on him behind-the-scenes and the ongoing protests, Bowyer’s managerial abilities shone through.
“If he continues at Charlton and keeps them up or finishes mid-table his reputation will increase significantly, and by next summer he could be joining a top Championship club.”
“I have a hunch he may be off.
“There is surely only so much you can take working under the Charlton regime and the fact they have taken so long to sort out a deal will not go down well with Bowyer.
“If an offer from a more established Championship club comes in, I expect him to take it.”
“I can, but they’ve messed him about far too much.
“The ‘incentive’ offer was insulting and this should have been dealt with weeks ago.
“He’s a great young manager and he’s proven himself to be adept at getting the best on limited resources.
“I think he’s loyal to them though. I can see him staying.”
“It’s only a matter of time.
“Bowyer has been brilliant with Charlton this season, and he’s certainly silenced his critics.
“He’ll want to iron out the final details of any negotiations still to be had, and I would be surprised if didn’t sign along the dotted line at The Valley.”