Charlton’s tremendous run of form has seen them soar into contention for automatic promotion, with just four points separating the Addicks and second-placed Sunderland.
With five games of the season remaining, Lee Bowyer’s side could skip the play-offs altogether if they can keep up their winning ways, although that will be a big ask, with a visit from league leaders Luton Town upcoming this week.
Bowyer has done a fantastic job at the Valley even with limited backing from the owners, although he has yet to sign a new deal to keep him at the wheel beyond the summer, with Roland Duchatelet and co having waited until QPR started sniffing around to get their act together.
Regardless of the uncertainty surrounding his future, the 42-year-old admirably said in his pre-Luton presser that his priorities lie with trying to get Charlton back into the Championship:
“I’ve just spoken to Lieven (de Turck). He asked what I was thinking about the offer and it was a positive conversation. They know what I expect, so I’m sure we’ll get there. It might take a bit of time, but a few more weeks won’t hurt.
“I just want to try and concentrate on what we’re doing here. I want to see us keep winning games and then see where we end up. The contract thing will sort itself out, I just want to get promotion. That’s more important.”
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The ‘contract thing’ should indeed sort itself out if Bowyer can steer the Addicks up alongside their weekend opponents in the table, and the fact that he has already held contract talks with de Turck is of course a great sign.
The Charlton boss will certainly be a man in demand in the summer if he doesn’t put pen to paper though – his achievements at the Valley are remarkable and he is looking like one of the brightest young managers that the EFL has to offer.