Bowyer has reportedly been left ‘bewildered’ by the announcement and these Charlton supporters are at their wits end with Duchatelet
Things were finally looking up for Charlton Athletic when they secured promotion back into the Championship.
But the same old misery for Addicks fans is back in truly heart-breaking style as unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet announced manager Lee Bowyer is set to leave as the club’s manager.
Duchatelet and Bowyer were unable to agree terms on a new contract and the 42-year-old will depart when his current deal expires at the end of the month, although the offer is still open to him should be change his mind.
A statement released on Charlton’s website read: “The fact the club is for sale has not helped with finding an agreement. The current owner needs to take into account that a new owner may want to appoint his own manager.
“However, this concern did not stop the current owner proposing a contract extension of one year to Lee Bowyer, even though the club may be sold in a few weeks. Under those circumstances a multi-year extension would not be good business practice.
“Lee has been offered a one-year extension to his contract at a level which is approximately three times what he had since his last increase when he became permanent manager in September. It is six times what he earned when he started as assistant manager in 2017 and 50% more than what any Charlton manager previously had (excluding the Premier League years). This reflects the strong desire we have to continue to have Lee as our manager. But Lee wanted much more.
“The owner understands Lee’s point of view, because many Championship clubs pay huge amounts (some pay millions of £ per year) to their manager. It is fair that Lee feels he should be paid like many other Championship managers. That the average Championship club makes a loss of around £15million per year is not something players should care about. The owners are crazy.
“This is why we could not come to an agreement. Another element may have influenced as well. Unlike previous contract discussions, Lee wanted an agent to handle it. We reluctantly accepted. However, involving a player agent in a manager’s contract discussion is not healthy.”
Bowyer is adored by Charlton fans and given the club could be managerless going into next season, this is understandably worrying news for the supporters.
Below you can see some of the best tweets of these Charlton fans venting their anger at Bowyer’s imminent departure.