Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If Bowyer Leaves Charlton the Players Will Revolt, Says Taylor

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

If Bowyer Leaves Charlton the Players Will Revolt, Says Taylor

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Byline: Giuseppe Muro

LEE BOWYER is set to go into the final month of his contract at Charlton with his future unresolved despite leading the Addicks to promotion.

Charlton beat Sunderland 2-1 in the League One play-off final but the manager has not heard from owner Roland Duchatelet since the weekend.

Bowyer's deal expires at the end of next month and the 42-year-old expected talks would resume after the game on Sunday.

But he has been left in limbo despite the success he has had this season in guiding Charlton back into the Championship.

Bowyer (right) was due to go on holiday today and his future is unlikely to be settled while he is away.

It is thought potential buyers are waiting to make a fresh move to purchase the club and Duchatelet could be waiting to see if such a takeover materialises. Bowyer believes the club are a far more attractive proposition now they are in the Championship.

It is astonishing that Bowyer's future has not been resolved given the job he has done at Charlton. It is understood several clubs have been impressed by the work he has done this season. Bowyer was considered for the QPR job before they appointed Mark Warburton and his stock is even higher now he has a promotion on his CV.

Charlton forward Lyle Taylor has said there would be "a revolt" at the club if Bowyer does not stay as manager. Taylor said: "He has to stay. It is that simple. If he does not stay then I do not know what will happen. No ifs, no buts, no maybes, he has to stay.

"I do not know what the situation is, I do not know the owner and have never spoken to him. But the manager has to stay. There will be a revolt if he did not stay for reasons that were out of his control. We will find out soon enough."

Patrick Bauer scored the winner four minutes into time added on and secured promotion for the Addicks after they recovered from one of the worst mistakes Wembley has ever seen, made by their keeper Dillon Phillips. …

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