Lee Bowyer will watch his side take on Derby at The Valley from the stands this Saturday but insists it won’t stop his players getting an earful if they aren’t performing.

The Addicks boss begins the first of his three-game touchline ban against the Rams for admitting an FA charge of improper conduct against Swansea earlier this month.

Bowyer however is confident his assistant Johnnie Jackson is more than capable of passing on any information to his men.  

“I’d rather be on the side-line but I’ll have a walkie-talkie, the only difference is Jacko (Johnnie Jackson) will be shouting instead of me.

“I’ll be giving the information to shout at them!”

Bowyer’s meticulous planning so far this season ha guided Charlton to tenth in Championship, just four points off top spot.

It’s the preparation the Addicks chief believes is key to the a positive result this weekend too, feeling his players would be well equipped to perform if he were pitchside or not.

“Obviously I’d rather be on the side, but our work is done between Monday and Friday, or in this case today (Thursday) and tomorrow.

“That’s when our work is done.

“All our preparation is done now because all the players are back.

“They all know their jobs whether I’m on the side or not, in and out of possession.  

“Very rarely do we change off the cuff, 90% of the time they know when we are changing.

“It’s all about preparation and it’s done today and tomorrow.”

Bowyer’s ban isn’t the first of his Charlton managerial career having been given a three-game ban for seeing red at Wimbledon last season.

The manager feels that incident served as a lesson, and despite picking up another three-game ban, feels ‘disappointed’ to have picked up another.

“I’ve been in this situation before and I learned from my mistake last time.

“I didn’t shout, I didn’t swear, I spoke to the referee calmly regarding the situation, but it is what it is.

“My focus remains making sure we are focussed for Saturday’s game against Derby.”

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