Lee Bowyer says it would be ‘scandalous’ if Charlton were relegated from Championship on points-per-game: ‘It would ruin us’

Lee Bowyer insists it would be ‘scandalous’ if Charlton were relegated from the Championship due to a points-per-game (PPG) system.

The coronavirus pandemic has suspended EFL matches since March 13, and a return date for English football’s second tier remains unknown.

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Lee Bowyer has bossed Charlton since March 2018

Declaring the season null and void or using a PPG model have been discussed as ways to end the 2019/20 campaign if it remains unsafe to return to the pitch.

Charlton spent just six days in the relegation zone before coronavirus brought football to a halt – and Bowyer believes it would be unfair if his side were unable to determine their own fate.

He told White and Sawyer on talkSPORT: “We’ve played 37 games this season and for the 36 of them, we haven’t been in the bottom three.

“If the season would have been cancelled the week before, we wouldn’t have been in the bottom three. We were just about to go and play Hull, and no disrespect to them, they were in a difficult situation like we were with injuries and they were on that slide that we found ourselves on.

“We would have fancied ourselves to go there a day later. So because teams around us were all playing each other, if we had won we would have ended up climbing three or four places and we wouldn’t have been in the bottom three.

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Charlton have held their own in the Championship this season on a limited budget
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“So for six days we’re in the bottom three and all of a sudden you get relegated from it? That would be absolutely scandalous.

“I’m hoping, like everybody else, we get back playing for the integrity of the game.

“I want to get back playing. I think that would be the fairest way to do it, but if we don’t for whatever reasons, obviously everyone has to be safe – staff, players etcetera.

“But the most important thing is that when you do make a decision, it has to be a fair decision. By relegating us for being in there for six days, for me, that isn’t fair. It would ruin our club.

“Everything we’ve built and we’ve turned the club around in the short space of time that we’ve been there. And then just to relegate us because we’ve been in there for six days, that would ruin our football club.”

Charlton won promotion to the Championship via the League One play-offs last season.

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The Addicks contended with one of the worst injury lists in the EFL with 12 first-team players sidelined at one stage this season.

But star players such as Lyle Taylor, Jonny Williams and Josh Cullen would have been fully fit for the relegation run-in.

With a near fully fit squad at his disposal, Bowyer is confident Charlton, who have the lowest budget in the Championship, would avoid an immediate return to League One if the season resumed.

He said: “There are a lot of clubs in our division that are struggling financially as well.

“So for us to get relegated unfairly would definitely push the club backwards to step one from when I walked in there.

“But we worked hard, and rightly so got promoted, and we’ve earned the right to finish this season and give ourselves a chance of being safe. I think we would.

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Charlton talisman Lyle Taylor has missed around three months of the season due to injury
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“If we played the nine games, with the run-in that we’ve got, I think we would stay out of trouble.

“We’ve got all our injured players back, we did before we were going to Hull, and I would have fancied us to win enough points to stay in the league.”

Charlton looked to be heading in the right direction when East Street Investments completed a takeover from Roland Duchatelet in January.

However, with new Addicks owner Tahnoon Nimer yet to show proof and source of funding, the EFL opened up an investigation into potential misconduct in regard to the takeover last month.

Bowyer has also had to deal with a public row between Nimer and former executive chairman Matt Southall.

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Tahnoon Nimer (middle) and Matt Southall (right) were part of the East Street Investment consortium that purchased Charlton in January
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The 43-year-old, who has bossed Charlton since March 2018, revealed there has been no guidance from Nimer during the pandemic.

Bowyer said: “Matt Southall isn’t around, I haven’t heard from him and Tahnoon, I haven’t heard much from him either.

“This is why I’m saying it [relegation] is going to ruin our club if this happens because we’ve got [director of football] Steve Gallen, [club secretary] Chris Parkes, who is dealing with the EFL every day, nobody else.

“And then you’ve got your normal staff, your groundsman and other people that are still working, the financial people trying to get us through this difficult situation, trying to cut things back the best we can to survive.

“So we aren’t getting any guidance from the people above, no not at all.”


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