Lee Bowyer has responded to rumours regarding his position at Charlton and a potential switch to QPR in the wake of Steve McClaren’s sacking this week and his comments will make for happy reading.
The former midfielder has done an excellent job with limited backing since being appointed permanent manager in September and has guided the Addicks to the play-off places where, if they can keep up their unbeaten run for the remaining seven games of the season, they will likely finish.
Despite this achievement, the 42-year-old still hasn’t been offered a new deal at The Valley, with owner Roland Duchatelet continuing to disappoint when it comes to securing the futures of a number of key men, Bowyer included.
Fortunately, though, it seems that the eccentric Belgian businessman is finally putting something together – here‘s what Bowyer had to say in his pre-Plymouth Argyle presser:
“I think [the QPR rumours are] all speculation. I’ve not spoken to anybody from QPR. I don’t know where it has come from but it is what it is. That’s what happens in football. If you’re doing well then you get linked to other jobs that’s what happens. If there is any truth behind it then it shows that we are doing well. I think that’s a credit to everybody at the football club.”
“I received an email last night [about a new contract]. If I’m honest I don’t really understand it. I think Richard Murray will be in today so I’ll go through it with Richard because it’s a bit different to a normal contract that I’ve seen before.”
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So, it seems that Bowyer potentially has something on the table to be signed, more or less; hopefully the situation and the confusion surrounding this mysterious email will be resolved in the coming days and the Addicks boss will remain at The Valley beyond the current season.
It’s telling that there is finally motion now that QPR have shown an interest.
It’s clear that Duchatelet doesn’t want to do things until his hand is forced.