Manager Lee Bowyer has leapt to the defence of Charlton owner Roland Duchatelet.

The Belgian is much maligned amongst Addicks fans because of the way he’s handled the club he bought in 2014, the latest being a scathing rant on radio directed to the EFL and it’s ‘stupid system.’

Duchatelet has been vocal about selling the club for the last two years, and as recently as Wednesday a club statement thought to be written by the owner offering an update of where the club sits in a regards to a sale was met with more fan fury.

Bowyer, however, has spoken positively of the businessman and how they’ve operated in the transfer window as they look to build a squad to compete in the Championship, starting at Blackburn on Saturday.

“I’m not going to knock the owner in any way because everyone we have put forward he has backed,” said Bowyer on the struggles Charlton face in recruiting talent to The Valley.

“He told us what the budget was going to be before the pre-season started and we worked towards that.

“We’ve got on well, I wasn’t aware of crazy stuff during summer, we respect each other – when I’ve asked for a player he’s backed us.

“It is difficult, but I don’t want to keep going on about the budget we have, but the reality is is that it’s the lowest in the league.

“But I know the situation and respect the situation that we’re in.”


Roland Duchatelet sparks Charlton fan fury with EFL blast

Charlton have signed Macauley Bonne, Tom Lockyer, Ben Amos, Ben Purrington, Jonny Williams, Chuks Aneke and Adedeji Oshilaja on permanent deals with more loan signings expected before the transfer window closes next week.

“Our problem is is that we are competing with teams in the Championship and we’re not really competing with them, but competing with the teams top of League One.

“They’re outbidding us which is frustrating because we are in the Championship and for me I would like to compete and have a go and see where we could end up, it’s just difficult.”


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