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‘I want to be successful’: Manager responds to links with West Brom job

Sam Brookes November 6, 2020
‘I want to be successful’: Manager responds to links with West Brom job
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Charlton boss Lee Bowyer has admitted he wants to challenge himself after being linked with the West Brom manager’s job.

The Baggies are reportedly considering their options after a poor start to the season. Slaven Bilic’s side have yet to win in the league, placing the Croatian under increasing pressure despite him getting West Brom promoted last season.

Despite managing in League One, The Mirror reported West Bromwich Albion had identified Bowyer as a potential replacement for Bilic.

Speaking to the South London Press, 43-year-old Bowyer claimed he has lofty ambitions and wants to prove his managerial credentials.

“I want to be successful. I’ve never once denied that. I want to be successful and be as high as I can and challenge myself,” he said.

Bowyer and his roller-coaster reign

Since taking charge of Charlton in 2018, Bowyer’s reign has had plenty of ups and downs.

Having secured promotion in his first full season in charge, the team were relegated from the Championship on the final day of the 2019/20 campaign.

The club were also handed a transfer embargo.

However, a recent takeover has seen that lifted and the side’s results have notably improved.

The Addicks have won six of their last seven matches to jump to third in the table.

Happy at Charlton

Yet despite being flattered by the speculation, Bowyer insists he’s content with his current surroundings and the direction Charlton are heading.

“I’ve got an owner now who is interested and wants to move the club forward and is moving the club forward. That – as a manager – is what you want. I’m happy here,” he confirmed.

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Crunch time for Bilic

The situation may change, of course, if West Brom opt to sack Bilic. The side slumped to a 2-0 defeat against Fulham on Monday night, leaving them inside the relegation zone.

The Baggies face an ominous-looking home match against in-form Tottenham on Sunday as they look to finally secure a much-needed victory.

The pressure is on.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.