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Lee Bowyer decides to quit despite beating Sunderland and winning promotion

4 weeks ago
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Lee Bowyer has decided to walk away from Charlton Athletic.

The former Newcastle player was first given the job of caretaker boss in March 2018 before being made permanent in September 2018.

Despite being a club in chaos behind the scenes, Lee Bowyer did brilliantly to guide the club to promotion (see below), beating Sunderland in a dramatic play-off final.

However, surprisingly (in some ways…) Bowyer has chosen not to accept the club’s offer of a new contract when his runs out at the end of this month.

I say ‘in some ways…’ because Charlton fans hate the club’s owner (Roland Dutchatelet) as much as Newcastle fans hate Mike Ashley.

As you can see from the BBC Sport piece, Lee Bowyer has only been offered a one year deal and the quotes from the club’s official website hardly scream genuine or professional.

The parallels continue between the two clubs, with no sign of Mike Ashley offering Rafa Bentez a satisfactory deal either.

BBC Sport report – 17 June 2019:

‘Charlton Athletic say they have been unable to agree terms with manager Lee Bowyer over a new contract.

The 42-year-old led Charlton to the Championship this season with victory in the League One play-off final.

A statement on the club’s website said: “Lee has been offered a one-year extension to his contract.

“If Lee does change his mind before his contract expires and chooses to continue his good work at Charlton, he is still welcome to stay.”

The Mag – 26 May 2019:

Newcastle United have sent out an official message on social media congratulating Lee Bowyer and Charlton on beating Sunderland.

A dramatic if low quality match seeing early disaster for the South London club after only five minutes.

Which then turned to unadulterated joy with only six seconds of the game remaining.

The play-off finals are a free hit for neutrals, especially if a (former) local rival is involved.

Newcastle fans watching on as under absolutely no pressure, Charlton defender Sarr turned and knocked the ball past his goalkeeper who was slow to react and let the ball roll past him into the bottom corner, with no Sunderland player even pressurising him.

After a disastrous league campaign that had seen Sunderland fail to win a majority of their matches and only finish fifth, it looked like they had struck lucky.

However, a negative approach saw the Mackems sit back and Purrington deservedly levelled things on 35 minutes with a close range finish after an excellent team move.

Very few chances throughout the final hour of the game, only for it to reach a point of only six seconds of the four minutes added time remaining, seeing Charlton break Sunderland hearts.

Failing to deal with a ball in from the left, Sunderland’s defence watched on as the ball fell to Bauer and he sent Charlton into the Championship.

A massive disaster for Sunderland with a huge blow to their finances, now doomed to spend a third year in their history in the third tier.

There was also a certain Newcastle player in attendance celebrating the outcome, former Charlton keeper Rob Elliot spotted in the crowd:

Newcastle fans now checking for the Netflix follow up…

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