Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has been linked with the vacant West Bromwich Albion managerial position ahead of the Addicks League One play-off final with Sunderland.
The Sun is reporting Bowyer has impressed the Championship club’s hierarchy in his first full season as manager and is one of the younger up and coming coaches the West Midlands club is considering as it looks to mount a challenge for promotion back to the Premier League next season.
Bowyer took over at the Valley following the dismissal of Karl Robinson in March 2018. Charlton were in ninth position when he took the reins, and he managed to guide them to the playoffs winning six of their final ten games before falling to Shrewsbury at the semi-final stage.
Appointed initially on a caretaker basis, Bowyer was appointed Charlton’s permanent manager in September on a deal until the end of the season. The club offered him a new contract in April which Bowyer described as ‘a bit different.’
Negotiations are thought to be ongoing, but Bowyer is yet to sign a new deal meaning he is out of contract next month.
The report also claims the Baggies are looking at Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill as they look to draw up a shortlist of candidates for the role at the Hawthorns.
Bowyer has done a tremendous job at the Valley, bringing success on the pitch and reigniting the fanbase despite working for the detested Roland Duchatelet.
Amid chaos and turmoil behind the scenes, Bowyer has remained focused and takes the Addicks to Wembley at the weekend with a great shot at winning promotion against a tiring Sunderland side.
I think it would be an excellent appointment for the Baggies but one that may depend on how Charlton get on at the weekend.
If he does go, it will be massively disappointing for Addicks fans who will once again turn their ire onto the owner for not backing their man by getting him on a longer-term deal.