East Street Investments have offered Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer a five-year contract, as reported by News Shopper.
It is suggested that the new owners, headed up by Matt Southall, made tying Bowyer down to a new deal one of their priorities at the Valley upon their arrival.
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The move has now been made to bring that into fruition, with Southall being quoted as saying: “From the outset our intention was a long-term strategy, so with that in mind he’s been offered a five-year deal.
“It gives him the opportunity to grow with us and build with us. We’ve offered a five-year deal because I think he’s the person that can be successful at this club.
“Lee is an integral part of why we came into this, he’s young and in 18 months where he’s taken the club, from League One mid-table to here is fantastic, on the resources he’s had.
“Clubs came in for him, it was widely reported, I told him I wanted him to stay, so for me it’s a priority to get it done, and I honestly believe we will sort it out and get it done.”
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That ESI have made such a lengthy offer to the 43-year-old offers an indication of the commitment they are making to ensuring Charlton achieve success.
Bowyer may not have signed the agreement just yet, but it is clear to see how much it is appreciated from his comment: “I want to be part of this journey because we finally have some backing, a Chairman and a group talking positive things and wanting to take this club forward. I want to be on that journey.”
This should be a very exciting sign for the Addicks, especially when it is considered that Roland Duchatelet’s reign was heavily punctuated with fan discontent and protests.
ESI also showed a willingness to fill problem areas within the Charlton squad, as indicated by the swiftness of their loan move for Andre Green after Jonathan Leko went back to West Brom.
After periods of unrest, Charlton’s fans will presumably have been looking for owners who would demonstrate that they care about their club, hoping to implement a long-term vision – that is something that ESI are already beginning to do.