Charlton’s plans for life in the Championship have not been affected by Lee Bowyer contract fiasco according to the manager.

The 42-year-old agreed a one-year extension with The Addicks less than 24hours after a Club statement from owner Roland Duchatelet revealing a deal had failed to be reached.

Bowyer, currently on holiday in France, admitted he was unaware of the released statement before coming to an agreement.

Speaking to TALKsport on Tuesday the former Newcastle Untied, West Ham and Leeds United midfielder turned his focus on the season ahead as he looks to build a squad capable of competing in the Championship.

“I’m delighted,” he said.

“It’s been a long process. I was hoping it would have got settled a lot sooner than it has but the main thing is that we’ve agreed I’ll be in charge next season we can all move on.

“The Championship is going to be difficult, I’m not going to lie.

“We’ve got the players lined up and we’ll bring them in before pre-season.

“Time wise, it’s knocked it back a little bit but it’s not going to effect it.

“I’m going to be straight and honest, it’s going to be difficult.

“We’ll have the lowest budget, there’s no hiding that.

“But I do believe that the team spirit we’ll have, the fans behind us like they came back last season, everything at the club came together again, we’ll carry that on into next season.

“We’ll have momentum.

“We’ll bring in players that will improve us and I think we’ll surprise teams. “We were a good side last season and I think we’ll be a better side next season with the players we’re looking to bring in.

“I’m excited, it’s going to be a big challenge, it’s going to be difficult.

“But I think we’ll be OK.”

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Duchatelet revealed he thought Bowyer’s agents demands were excessive and that offering him the contract he wanted would’ve made the club an ‘unattractive’ proposition for potential buyers.

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'I'm not greedy'

Bowyer quashed the notions his demands were ‘greedy’ and that the agreement between both parties was a ‘win-win’ situation.

“I’m not greedy, it’s not just all about money.

“I want to stay at the club, I love the club.

“It’s perfect for me, I started there as a kid, worked well there last season, we both did.

“I didn’t want to just walk away from something that we had done.

“Negotiations, it is what it is

“The club want to pay a certain fee. I wanted a certain fee. That’s the way it is in any job.

“But the most important thing is that we’ve come to an agreement.”


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