Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Could Be on the Brink of Something Big, Says Bowyer

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

We Could Be on the Brink of Something Big, Says Bowyer

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

THE protests have been put on hold at Charlton. Negativity towards unpopular owner Roland Duchatelet has, for now, been replaced by hope at The Valley as Lee Bowyer has given fans something to celebrate after years of turmoil.

Charlton are in touching distance of promotion to the Championship. Tonight, they host Doncaster in the second leg of their League One play-off semi-final. They have a 2-1 lead from the first leg and are on course to play Sunderland at Wembley.

The tie is a sell-out, which says a lot about the job Bowyer has done to galvanise and reconnect the club.

Since Duchatelet arrived in 2014, there has been very little for the fans to cheer but, despite continued off-field uncertainty since the club was put up for sale 18 months ago, Bowyer has built a team their fans can be proud of.

What Bowyer, along with assistant Johnnie Jackson, has created shows what can be achieved when Charlton are united. The full house will also serve as a reminder to any possible buyers of the huge potential of the club.

"The mood is the best since I have been here by a million miles," says Bowyer. "When I first came in it was difficult. One of the things I wanted to do was get The Valley full again and get everybody back being part of this journey.

"Since I've been in charge, it has been a special place. Everybody is happy and enjoying the football. The potential here is massive. This club should be in the Premier League. Everything is there: the training ground, the facilities, everything. I understand it is difficult to run a club, but this is different. You are in London, all the potential is there. You just need to be brave and this club could easily get back to the Premier League."

Despite being on the verge of a return to the Championship, there is still some uncertainty about the future. …

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