Charlton Athletic boss Lee Bowyer has reacted angrily to the news that emerged yesterday from a national newspaper that the club have set a compensation fee for rival clubs for his services.
According to reports from the Sun on Sunday, the Addicks hierarchy would accept a fee of £750,000 for Bowyer should a club come in for the 43 year old in the summer.
Bowyer, who only signed a new long-term contract with the club back in January, has said his main focus is to help keep Charlton in the second tier, and has been angered at the timing of these reports with his side travelling to St. Andrews on Wednesday night to face Birmingham, who have been heavily linked with their former Carling Cup winner.
We’ve got three games to go and people are talking about me leaving,” Bowyer said to londonnewsonline.
I’ve been linked to Birmingham because I’ve played there. Of course I’m going to be linked there.
But for things like that to be coming out [a compensation figure], that’s wrong.
Maybe because we are playing Birmingham it is people trying to disrupt our camp.
Birmingham are only three points above us. If we’d won at the weekend then we’d have been above them.
Are people trying to disrupt the camp? There is no reason to do that. I just hope this is not coming out from our camp.
For someone to have said this is the compensation…why is anyone even getting involved in the conversation, that’s if we are. I don’t know if there is any truth. It could just be people trying to rock the boat.
There is no reason for us as a club to be getting caught up in anything that might be happening later on. There’s no reason.
It seems it is just people trying to disrupt things. I’ve been linked there for weeks now and then all of a sudden this comes out.
There is probably no truth to it. I hope it isn’t anyone from our club saying that.”
Both Charlton and Birmingham have found themselves in a relegation scrap as the season nears its conclusion, with the Addicks only a point above the relegation places, whilst the Blues have a 4-point gap to 22nd place Hull City.
Blues have been looking at new candidates since June after head coach Pep Clotet announced he would leave the club at the end of the current campaign.
Since then the Spaniard and the club parted ways after Birmingham’s 1-3 home defeat to Swansea last Wednesday, with Craig Gardner and Steve Spooner stepping up to oversee the rest of the season for the club.