BY RICHARD CAWLEY
Lee Bowyer has pledged to stay at Charlton Athletic – despite the Championship side being in the middle of a boardroom dispute that has left doubts over long-term funding.
Majority shareholder Tahnoon Nimer has withdrawn his funding until executive chairman Matt Southall has been removed.
Southall has told Charlton Athletic Supporters’ Trust that there is funding until December without another penny arriving from Nimer.
It leaves an uncertain future – but manager Bowyer is not going anywhere.
He was the subject of interest from Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town and Stoke City earlier in the campaign.
“I could have gone – everybody know that there were approaches for me,” he said. “In January we had this situation with the transfer embargo and I could’ve gone.
“Everyone was saying Lee is delaying [signing a new three-year contract]…Lee is delaying – it was because I wanted to know there was backing and once I found out we were under that embargo I had a decision to make.
“Plain and simple – either I walk away or I stay here and fight. I chose to sign a new contract. The club is not in a good place now, I wanted to stay and try and keep the club in the division.”
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