Charlton have reluctantly opened up the search for a new manager following Lee Bowyer's decision to resign from his post after three years in the job, during which he orchestrated a promotion to the Championship.
Bowyer, who replaced Karl Robinson in 2018, leaves Charlton 8th and two points off the League One play-offs following their relegation last season, meaning the new manager will have a shot at mounting a promotion push.
After submitting his resignation Charlton, Bowyer told the club’s website: “It was a difficult decision to leave. Everyone knows how I feel about the club. I could have gone before but I felt it was the right thing to do to stay and help the club through the tough times we’ve been through.
“We had some amazing times and some tough times. It has been emotional leaving. I’d like to thank all the players that I’ve worked with and the staff for the hours and hours of hard work that they did. I also want to thank the supporters. We wouldn’t have had those great memories without them.
“The club is now in a place with a good owner that cares and wants to improve the place and I hope the club can continue to grow. It will always hold a special place in my heart.”
Meanwhile, owner Thomas Sandgaard said: “I would like to thank Lee for everything he has done for Charlton. I have enjoyed working with him and wish him the best for his future. Our focus now is on finding the correct replacement to take this club forward.”
Charlton have revealed that Bowyer’s assistant, Johnnie Jackson, will take over for Tuesday’s home game against Bristol Rovers, with the 38-year-old caretaker installed as the early favourite in the next Charlton manager market.
Charlton fans have been revealing their preferred choices for the new job, many of whom have rather optimistically put forward Chris Wilder, who only left Sheffield United over the weekend.
Wilder told The Sack Race last year just how close he came to getting the Charlton job back in 2016, only for the Blades to sway his decision at the last moment - see video (from 12 seconds).
Despite Wilder’s sudden availability it’s difficult to envision him suddenly returning to manage in League One, although Charlton are in a promising position as they look to book an instant return to the Championship, so you never know!
Russell Martin could well attract attention in the betting given the impressive way he’s improved MK Dons, where he’s implemented a new possession based style of play. Meanwhile Plymouth's Ryan Lowe, who already has two promotions on his CV, could catch the eye.
What about the return of club legend Alan Curbishley, or another former Addicks manager Chris Powell? Curbs hasn’t managed since 2008, whereas Powell is currently coaching at England and Tottenham, while Jason Euell is currently coaching the club's U23s.
As for out-of-work managers, Danny Cowley, Neil Harris and Daniel Stendel - who have each been linked with Birmingham and Portsmouth - could be options for Charlton, while Kenny Jackett is a free agent once more following his exit from Pompey.
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