Bowyer itching for long-term deal

Charlton Athletic
Charlton manager Lee Bowyer felt his side could have added even more to their tally following their 2-0 home win over Doncaster.

Manager Lee Bowyer says he would jump at the chance to sign a longer deal with Charlton Athletic as talk of a move to Cardiff City intensifies.

Bowyer, who has been in permanent charge of the Addicks since September 6 last year, has made a fantastic start to his managerial career after earning promotion with Charlton last season when beating Sunderland 2-1 in the League One play-off final.

Despite the quick success, the 42-year-old, who started his playing career with the south-east London outfit, had to wait until June 18 to pen a 12-month extension as owner Roland Duchatelet tumultuous reign at the Valley continues.

The ex-midfielder has helped Charlton to 11th in the Championship table this term, six points off the play-off positions and a comfortable nine clear of the relegation zone after 16 matches.

Boywer’s name has been linked with the vacant Cardiff position following the sacking of Neil Warnock and the reluctance of Duchatelet to extend the manager’s contract, which runs out in June, is becoming a real worry for supporters.

Speaking about his future and position at the club, Bowyer, who is on a short break in France’s Champagne region, said he would like to have more job security.

“It’s not just me – all of the staff would like to get proper contracts,” he told the South London Press. “And fair contracts. But mine runs out [in June] and I’m going to be asked a million questions again about when I will sign a new contract.

“I’d rather have a three-year contract, like other managers do.”

Bowyer’s men return to action on November 23 when they play host to the Bluebirds, who are sitting in 14th position.