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06 Sep 2018

LEE BOWYER APPOINTED AS CHARLTON MANAGER

Charlton Athletic are delighted to confirm the permanent appointment of Lee Bowyer as the club’s first-team Manager.

Bowyer took over as Caretaker Manager in March following the departure of Karl Robinson and guided Charlton to the play-offs as the Addicks won six of the final 10 games of the regular season. He continued in temporary charge at the start of this season and has worked hard to assemble a squad he is confident can challenge for promotion. 

He said: “I’m delighted and very proud to be appointed Manager. I said when I first took charge that it was a fairytale to be back working at Charlton, the club I started playing at. I love the club and will give everything to get promotion.

“We got the players in that we wanted this summer and this now gives us the stability. The players and the staff have been brilliant and I am looking forward to continuing working with them as together we aim for promotion.

“The fans have been outstanding too and I want to thank them for all their support at the end of last season and the beginning of this season. They have supported me from that first minute of my first game against Plymouth and we all want to do well for them.

“I’d like to thank the owner too for having belief in me and giving me the opportunity and Richard Murray whose support and guidance has been important during my time here.”

Bowyer has signed a contract until the end of the season and he added: “The most important thing is this gives us stability. We can focus on our aims for the season ahead.”

Director Richard Murray said: “I’ve been really impressed by the way Lee has taken to management and how he and Jacko (Johnnie Jackson) have kept an excellent team spirit during a difficult period. This appointment is something he deserves because of his hard work and success in the role already. He did really well to take the team into the play-offs last season and everyone can already see his work this summer on and off the pitch starting to pay off. He has created a real togetherness amongst the players and fans and I’m really pleased the owner has taken the decision to appoint him as permanent manager.” 

Bowyer will conduct his first press conference in his new permanent role on Friday morning and his first game will be Saturday’s home match against Wycombe Wanderers.

Source: Charlton Athletic FC