Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has revealed that he has taken inspiration from the Leeds United side that he played in, as he prepares for the League One play-off final against Sunderland at Wembley this weekend.
Bowyer made 243 appearances for Leeds and was part of the side that reached the Champions League semi-finals under David O’Leary in 2001.
The 42-year-old is now preparing his Charlton side for their biggest game of the season, the League One play-off final against Sunderland at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.
Bowyer admitted that he has tried to build his Charlton team on the same values that the Leeds side he played in had.
“That’s what I’ve tried to build. I’ve played in a similar side to that at Leeds; we did well because we were a team,” said Bowyer, as quoted by the Daily Mail.
“I’ve let the lads know from day one that we won’t carry anyone who will play for themselves as an individual. The group we’ve put together is an exceptional and unique group, and I’ve said that for a long time now,” he added.
“You must know that your friend you’re playing alongside is going to help you if you’re having a bad time, or if you’re caught out of position.”
Bowyer took charge of Charlton as caretaker manager towards the end of last season, following the departure of Karl Robinson and was able to guide the club into the play-off places, winning six of their final ten league matches.
He continued as caretaker boss at the start of this season, before signing a deal as permanent manager at The Valley until the end of the campaign.
Bowyer has done a fantastic job with Charlton this season and deserves credit for what he has been able to achieve.
With his future at The Valley still uncertain, I’m sure Charlton fans will be desperate for him to remain at the club next season, regardless of the outcome of the play-off final.