By Richard Cawley
Lee Bowyer has taken caretaker charge of Charlton Athletic – with Karl Robinson stepping down as manager by “mutual consent”.
Robinson had twice tendered his resignation from the Addicks post, only for those to be turned down by club owner Roland Duchatelet.
But now the former Milton Keynes boss has achieved his aim of quitting The Valley and looks set to be installed as the new Oxford United manager.
Johnnie Jackson, a player-coach, will be assistant to Bowyer, who steps up from being Robinson’s number two.
Addicks director Richard Murray said: “I’d like to place on record our thanks to Karl Robinson who has worked tirelessly during his time at Charlton. The club and Karl came to an agreement that is best for everyone involved.
“We’re very grateful to Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson for stepping forward in the club’s time of need. Lee has impressed everyone at The Valley since coming back to the club last year and Johnnie has Charlton running through his veins. Together they are the best people to lead the club through an important few weeks.”
Bowyer said: “I’m very pleased to be given the opportunity to take this team forward. We have a talented squad of players and our focus has to be on winning games and giving ourselves the best opportunity to make the play-offs.”
Robinson, who joined the club on November 24, 2016, said: “I’d like to thank the Charlton fans for their support during my time at the club. Moving on now was not an easy decision for anybody but it is what is best for the club and everyone involved. Bow and Jacko have been fantastic during my time here and I have no doubt I’m leaving the club in good hands.”
Bowyer is a former Charlton academy graduate and returned to The Valley at the beginning of 2017 as a member of Karl Robinson’s coaching staff. He was appointed assistant manager in the summer of 2017.
He made 58 appearances for Charlton, scoring 14 goals, before moving to Leeds United in 1996. Capped once by England’s senior team, Bowyer also represented West Ham United, Newcastle United and Birmingham City in the top flight, and Ipswich Town in the Championship.
Jackson, who captained Charlton to the League One title in 2012, has played 278 games for the club, scoring 55 goals. He began the transition into coaching when he was appointed player-coach by Robinson in the summer of 2017.
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