Date: 23rd March 2018 at 2:38pm
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Charlton Athletic’s new caretaker manager Lee Bowyer has revealed he doesn’t yet know if he actually wants to be a manager or not, despite his recent promotion.

With Karl Robinson leaving the other day by mutual consent and subsequently taking on the same role at Oxford United, Bowyer saw himself called on to replace him and the 41 year old told Sky Sports that he felt his trajectory into management was ‘crazy’ but this was strictly a trial period for him and the club as he doesn’t know if his future is as a man at the helm of a club.

‘I had no intention of becoming a manager. I had no intention of becoming a coach. It’s crazy the way I’m sitting here now. I literally came in last season two days a week to help out with the midfielders. Richie Barker then left in the summer and Karl asked me to be the assistant.’

Bowyer admitted there was also uncertainty at this stage when it came to how long he’d be at the club given everything that’s ticking over behind the scenes but he was determined to enjoy it whilst it did.

‘I’m here until told otherwise. I don’t know how long that will be, but hopefully it will be until the end of the season. Ask me at the end of the season if I want the job full time. I’m excited to be doing it, to show what I can do on this side. I know I can do it. It’s whether I wanted to do it. I’ve worked with five or six international managers; if I haven’t learned anything from them, then what have I been doing my whole career?’

With Charlton sitting in ninth place in the table and only being five points off the Play Off spots, that does continue to be the aim for him.

‘We’ve got the squad to get in the play-offs. It’s probably putting more pressure on myself, but I believe that. What I can promise those players will go out and give 100 per cent in every game, because I won’t accept anything less.’

Onto Plymouth…

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