Lee Bowyer has stated that he’d love to sign a long-term deal at Charlton, as would his staff.
Charlton owner Roland Dutchatelet has shown no real possibility that he’ll look to extend Bowyer’s contract in the near future, and it took him until June 18th to get Bowyer on a new one-year deal after the Addicks had been promoted to the Championship.
Dutchatelet has previously expressed that he doesn’t want the staff on long-term contracts whilst he’s looking to sell the football club.
Bowyer has been brilliant since taking over at the Addicks and achieved a magnificent promotion from League One last season. He has been linked with several Championship vacancies as the campaign has worn on, with the most recent one coming from Cardiff City.
Speaking to London News Online, Bowyer said: “It’s not just me – all of the staff would like to get proper contracts and fair contracts.
“But mine runs out [in June] and I’m going to be asked a million questions again about when I will sign a new contract.
“I’d rather have a three-year contract, like other managers do, and then you might have some stability and something to build with. You’d think ‘okay, I’ve got a bit of time’ instead of the way things are here.”
Will Lee Bowyer be at Charlton next season?
It’s amazing how stubborn this owner is in terms of getting Bowyer on a long-term contract. The manager has been simply incredible since taking over at the Addicks, and following on from promotion he’s got them well up the Championship table despite having one of the smallest budgets in the league.
Dutchatelet needs to sell the club soon, otherwise Charlton fans will eventually get to the point where they will bring back out the protests against him, especially when Bowyer inevitably leaves the club.
It feels like if Bowyer isn’t given a new long-term deal in the future, then he may well jump ship to another Championship side that can offer him more security.