Charlton‘s hierarchy have issued a pretty incredible statement tonight revealing manager Lee Bowyer has effectively left the club – just weeks after winning the club promotion to the English Championship.
Bowyer managed to guide the cash-strapped Addicks back to the English second-tier after beating Sunderland 2-1 in the League One playoff final at the end of last month, but it seems the former Leeds, West Ham and Newcastle winger won’t get the opportunity to lead his side forward.
Bowyer’s contract is due to run out at the end of the month, and with the current Charlton owners looking to sell the club, an extension was always going to take a bit of negotiating on both parts.
However, nobody could’ve expected the long and rambling diatribe that was released via the official Charlton website earlier this evening, and attributed to the current owners.
The most important part of the statement reads: “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 £15 million 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.
“If the agent helps make the manager more money, it may result in the manager to have a more positive attitude towards players proposed by the same agent, a conflict of interest.”
Guiding Charlton to promotion against the odds, with an un-fancied team mainly consisting of loans and free transfers, only to have your owner release a statement like that to the public?
That doesn’t seem fair on Bowyer to us, but what do you think?
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