Date: 2nd July 2017 at 9:32pm
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Manager Karl Robinson has now appointed his back room staff ahead of the coming League One campaign.

Lee Bowyer joins up as assistant manager with Johnnie Jackson taking a role as player and first team coach.

Bowyer has been with us on a temporary basis since January as assistant gaffer but his role has now been made permanent.

Jackson will combine his duties as a player and as our skipper but will head into coaching for the first time.

Speaking to the Official Site as the announcement was made over the weekend, Robinson explained.

‘I think it’s important that there are Charlton people in the building and Lee Bowyer and Johnnie Jackson are two people who know exactly what this club is about. They’re very good at what they do and the players love them both. I know Jacko will be a top coach and will, one day, become a great manager and I’m sure Bow will do the same. It’s the first step for them and hopefully they’ll flourish and we can be successful together.’

Bowyer played for Charlton 58 times having come through our youth ranks, scoring 14 goals, prior to his move to Leeds United in 1996 for a then record fee for a teenager.

His playing career saw him represent West Ham United, Newcastle United and Birmingham City before he brought the curtain down on his career at Ipswich Town.

He moved into coaching with Watford before moving to us earlier in the year.

Bowyer explained.

‘It feels great to be asked to do this and to work alongside Karl and I`m really looking forward to it. It was an easy decision to make. We worked closely towards the end of last season so I know the ins and the outs and it`s felt a bit like a homecoming because there are a few faces who are still here from when I was a kid. I have a lot more experience now that I can pass onto the lads. I`ve worked under a lot of good people in my career and Charlton is where it all started, so it`s a bit of a fairytale for me.’

Having announced at the end of last season that he’d be moving into coaching, Jackson’s time at the club is well known and with 261 games to his name and a return of 55 goals, his experience could be key especially for the youngsters.

‘Over a long season, there will be a time and a place when I can still be utilised and I still feel as if I have some miles left in the tank. I`ll be training every day and will still be match fit to ensure I will be an asset when I`m needed. I`m excited to take on this new role and experience the other side of things. It`s always where I`ve seen my future lie and I`m delighted that I can begin that journey at this club.’

Other changes behind the scenes have seen Head of Sports Science Carl Serrant depart, with Joshua Hornby and Ian Jones stepping up to become First-Team Lead Sports Scientist/Fitness Coach and First-Team Strength & Conditioning Coach respectively.

First team coach Chris O’Loughlin has also left the club.

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