Bowyer: "We've all worked so hard to get where we are now and I wont walk away from it"

Speaking to the press ahead of Charlton's trip to Hull City this weekend, Lee Bowyer gave his take on what is a crunch fixture in the relegation dogfight and touched on the current events surrounding the club and it's ownership.

Speaking on the Addicks' fixture against the Tigers, Bowyer is confident that his side will go out 'hungry' to get the right result but wishes it was being played at The Valley.

"I would have rather had it at home," he said.

"It would have probably been a sellout and it would have been bouncing. I think the players feel how I feel and it doesn’t matter where abouts you play, they’re going to be hungry. I think that there’s going to be a lot of passion on the pitch on Saturday."

Charlton will have at least one player back and ready to be available for selection ahead of the game and Bowyer is relieved to be able to have a number of players he can choose from.

"Tom Lockyer is back from suspension, obviously we have missed him the past few games. Naby [Sarr] will be training today so we’ll see how he comes through in the next couple of days. So we’re okay on that front, we’ve got a lot of numbers back now."

In what has been an extraordinary few days for the club, Bowyer gave his take on the current situation and has been left frustrated at the timing of the events.

"It’s been difficult, it’s been crazy and it's frustrating because the game this weekend is so important. I just wish that it would have come out in January when we were given this embargo. For it to come out with nine games to go, I don’t think it could come at a worse time."

"Tuesday was the day when the chairman came in and had a meeting with everyone, then Wednesday we were off so we’ve not really had time to speak about it. Today will be the day that I have to take the time to speak to the players and pick them up. Like I said, the timing is wrong for us to have all this negativity at a stage like this in the season."

When asked if he can provide any assurances to the supporters, Bowyer reinforced the fact that his team will give it their all when they step out onto the pitch at The KCOM Stadium.

"The only reassurance I can give to supporters is that me, my team and the staff I have around me will give our utmost to stay in the league. This club has been in bad situations many many times and we’ve always come through it. We’re still here."

When quizzed about whether he had considered walking away from the club, Bowyer highlighted that he is a fighter and refuses to quit.

"I could have done that in January, I had the option to sign my contract or walk away. Everyone knows how much I love the club. I knew what situation we were in and I knew we were under an embargo and I decided to stay and fight for the club. I'm not going to leave when it's in the situation that it's in.

"I know the club and I love the club. I have a good honest bunch of lads and good staff around me and we have supporters that try as hard as the players. So for me to walk away when the club was int he situation that it was in would have been wrong of me.

"We've all worked so hard, that's everyone involved with the football club to get us to where we are now so to walk away would have been the wrong thing to do.

"I'm not a quitter, I'm a fighter and if there is a club that can come out of this, this is the club."

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