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Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month

7 December 2018

Charlton Athletic manager Lee Bowyer has been named the Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for November.

It was a perfect month for Charlton and for Bowyer who led his side into the Play-Off positions with four wins from four games.

He has built a team with a solid defensive foundation, as evidenced by just two goals conceded in the month.

Bowyer said: “I'm over the moon. But I'm not just delighted for myself because it is something for the club as well. Everyone is involved, including all the staff that nobody sees, and the players because they are the ones who go out and win games.

“We prepare them as best as we can and that's my job, but the most important thing is the players are getting rewarded. I get the trophy but it's not just about what we do, and the fans are part of it too. We are all in this together, the players, the fans, everybody.” 

George Burley chairs the Sky Bet Manager of the Month judging panel.

He said: “Lee is building a side that is working very hard for each other and is very difficult to beat.

“They have pushed their way up the table into a Play-Off position and will be hoping to keep their momentum going.”

Sky Sports’ EFL pundit Don Goodman said: “It’s always wonderful to see a former player, adored by the fans, making a success of the manager’s job, and in South East London, both Bowyer and Neil Harris at Millwall are giving their fans plenty to be proud of. 

“The fans still remember him as the schoolboy who made his name at the Valley in the 90s before getting his move to Leeds and there is a perfect symmetry to his managerial career starting in such a positive manner at the same club.

“What’s even more remarkable is that he’s doing so well despite the difficult ‘off the field’ problems caused by the lack of unity between owner and fans.”

Sky Bet EFL trader Ivor Davies said: “Lee Bowyer’s Charlton side have largely gone under the radar and now sit in the Play-Off places after four straight wins in the month of November.

“The Addicks are a 25/1 shot for the title but a more realistic ambition will be promotion which we currently have them priced up for at 4/1.”

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