New owners offer Bowyer 5-year deal.
Lots of cheesy grins and happy faces watching the Thursday press conference today at The Valley. The press were clearly given the heads up that this was not going to be your regular Sparrows Lane Thursday session, as Sky, BBC and ITV joined the local hacks.
The headline news was of course the offer of a 5-year contract to Lee Bowyer, which he hasn’t signed yet, and appeared to find out more detail on it as we did as the presser went on. Matt Southall said that Bow was a fundamental part of why the club was attractive to buy and will be a key part of it going forward, as will “Director of Football” Steve Gallen.
Southall again came across as nervous, yet compared to the turgid, passionless Duchatelet, the chairman oozes goodwill and sincerity. As the American’s would say, he is the sort of bloke you’d have a beer with.
He has to tread carefully around some questions as you’d expect but there were lots of positives relating to signings, ambition, Sparrows Lane, the academy and the direction they want the club to go in.
Bowyer said yesterday, before driving up the country to meet a potential signing, that he wanted a new contract offer now. Southall and the owners listened, and look to have delivered.