Lee Bowyer will remain as Charlton Athletic boss ahead of the new Championship season.
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer says he is looking forward to continuing the “journey” with the Addicks after signing a new contract – just hours after the announcement he was leaving (Charlton 16/1 – Championship promotion).
Bowyer guided Charlton, the club where he started his career, to promotion from League One via the play-offs last season as they saw off Sunderland in the final as a last-gasp Patrick Bauer effort proved the difference.
He had made his first signing of the off-season by landing striker Macauley Bonne from Leyton Orient on Monday but just hours later the club announced that Bowyer would be leaving after failing to agree terms on a new contract.
However, the former Leeds midfielder and club owner Roland Duchatelet held further talks on Monday evening before it was announced the 42-year-old had penned a new one-year contract at The Valley.
Speaking on staying, Bowyer admits he always wanted to remain as Charlton boss and is now focused on helping them achieve their aims (Charlton 9/4 – Championship relegation).
“This has been a long process and I never wanted to leave, I love this club,” he told the club’s official website.
“We went on a real journey last season.
“The club came together – the players, the staff, the fans and we achieved something special.
“The journey hasn’t finished yet and I’m delighted this has all been agreed.
“We have a fantastic fanbase here and my focus continues to be getting our squad in the best possible shape for the Championship next season.”
The Addicks will find out their opponent for the first game of the EFL Championship season when the fixtures are announced on Thursday.
Odds subject to change.