Lee Bowyer left Charlton today amid rumours he could be heading for the Championship with Birmingham City.
Whilst Bowyer’s resignation is a blow for the Addicks, there will be some who perhaps feel it is the right time for a move. The takeover earlier in the season has put them on a good financial footing, but on the field they have struggled under Bowyer this season, lacking cohesion and at times, looking a bedraggled and confused side.
Charlton 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.”
Bowyer said: “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.”
With a solid owner behind them, a club of their stature should be challenging for the top two, and the next appointment is going to be huge for them. They need to find a manager who not only understands League One, but has the capability to upscale and make them a success in the Championship, which is the lowest level a club the size of the Addicks should be.
Who is that manager? Who should the board turn to in their hour of need? Whoever it is will have a couple of months to assess this squad, before being given a summer to rebuild, perhaps with a bit of a war chest behind him. It is the perfect scenario for someone to swoop in and make a real name for themselves, but who should it be?
The Real EFL have come up with a few of names that should be in the frame.