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Charlton Athletic return to action following the international break with Lee Bowyer’s side looking to get their promotion challenge back on track, after gaining only one win in their last five outings, results that leave the Addicks in tenth spot in the Championship.
Bowyer though will not be able to manage his side from the touchline this weekend, after he picked up a three match touchline ban, after admitting an FA improper conduct charge, as confirmed on the club website.
Bowyer was charged for comments he made to referee Peter Bankes during and in the tunnel after Charlton’s 2-1 defeat to Swansea on October 2nd, he was also fined £4,000 and will have to sit in the stands for games against Derby County, Bristol City and West Brom.
With this in mind, do you feel Bowyer’s touchline ban will affect Charlton’s form on the pitch?
“Lee Bowyer’s touchline ban is, on the face of it, a huge blow for Charlton Athletic in their game against Derby County this weekend.
“He’s a vibrant manager who’s often animated on the touchline, and he himself will be devastated that he won’t be i19n the thick of it on Saturday.
“But then again, watching from the stands he may learn a thing or two about his side – Former Shrewsbury Town manager John Askey would often sit in the stands during games to get a better view of his team.
“But that didn’t quite work out for Askey, and that may be the case for Bowyer either. He’ll have to rely on his staff to relay messages and tactics on Saturday.”
“It’s difficult to say how much it will impact results but you’d imagine it will be more negative than positive.
“It will take longer for the coach to make in-game changes and to get tactical instructions to the players–in a league with such narrow margins that could have an impact.
“After a slight wobble, Charlton have turned their form round of late–picking up a win against Leeds and a draw against Fulham.
“In that sense, this touchline ban comes at a frustrating time for the Addicks, who looked to have found a second wind without Lyle Taylor.”
Will Lee Bowyer's three match touchline ban affect Charlton's form on the pitch?
“You’d like to think that the players are professional enough to get results without their manager providing a present on the touchline, and I fully expect this to be the case with Charlton.
“Bowyer is obviously a big influence on the squad’s philosophy, but I think what people forget is that managers have little or no control of what goes on during the 90 minutes.
“With Derby County up next, I’m sure Bowyer will have prepared his team well during the week, so I don’t think the players will feel like they are heading into the game blind.
“Bowyer’s coaching team also possess a lot of experience, which means they should in theory have the ability to motivate the team themselves, without the presence of the boss.”