Charlton boss Lee Bowyer is still waiting on a new deal to keep him at The Valley beyond the end of the season, with his current contract one of many key names’ set to expire in the summer, despite having guided the Addicks to the play-off places and arguably only missed out on automatic promotion due to the departure of Karlan Grant, whom he was not given a replacement for, in January.
The excellent job that the 42-year-old has done amid difficult circumstances has caught the attention of currently-managerless QPR and he will surely be a wanted man in the coming months if Roland Duchatelet and co don’t pull their finger out.
Weekly, the former midfielder is asked for an update on negotiations and, despite insisting otherwise, his exasperation was evident in the pre-Gillingham press conference. Here’s what Bowyer had to say:
“I’ve not heard back since the last time so there’s nothing to report.
“It is what it is. I can’t control it. I think everybody knows me now, if it’s something I can’t control then it doesn’t really affect me that much because there’s no point worrying about it. Like I said I’m sure that he will come back to me with something and then we’ll go from there.”
Check out what happened when two of Charlton’s best players faced-off in a game of ‘Splat’ in the video below…
The Addicks chief remains confident that he will put pen to paper on a new deal but is clearly powerless in the situation, like so many of his players, whose futures at SE7 are also uncertain. One assumes that others will follow once Bowyer’s contract is sorted, although how long until the likes of Joe Aribo and Patrick Bauer sit down for talks is unclear, while their boss is being strung along.