BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer admits he is “disappointed” that Charlton Athletic’s hierarchy have not resolved his contract issue.
The Addicks manager was initially offered a deal which he described as “incentivised” and held talks with Lieven De Turck – based in the UK by owner Roland Duchatelet to conduct takeover talks – in which he asked for a more standard proposal.
Bowyer has led Charlton to the League One play-offs for the second campaign running – and amassed 100 points quicker than any other boss in the club’s history since it became three points for a win in the 1980s. But his current terms only run until the end of June.
Asked if he was frustrated at the delay, he replied: “I’d say more disappointed.
“If we weren’t in the play-offs then we’d have two games left in the season. I like to think me and the rest of the staff have done a good enough job for this to be resolved long before now.
“I understand how football clubs work but I’m disappointed it ain’t sorted out before the end of the season, so we all know where we stand. That is the thing that disappoints me.
“We’ve worked hard to improve the football club and it’s a much better place now – so I think we should be rewarded for that.
“It shouldn’t have taken until now to try and negotiate something when you have got 10 days left of the normal season.”
Bowyer is not the only member of the backroom team who is in the final couple of months of his contract. That also applies to assistant boss Johnnie Jackson and goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall.
Joe Aribo, Patrick Bauer, Igor Vetokele, Tariqe Fosu and Jonny Williams are in the same boat on the playing side.
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