Bowyer on Saturday's game against Crewe, a stressful summer and wanting to add to his squad

The Addicks begin their Sky Bet League One campaign on Saturday against Crewe Alexandra and while Lee Bowyer is looking forward to getting back to football, he knows his team needs strengthening.

Charlton will kick-off the season against a Crewe team who were promoted from League Two last season.

Bowyer said: “The start of a new season is always exciting. I know it’s going to be tough and a challenge, but if things play out like we’re hoping it will, our squad will look ok.

“Saturday’s game is two teams who have just come into the division. They are a nice side to watch, they move the ball well and play good football so it won’t be easy.”

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The Addicks start the campaign with only two, fit, senior defenders, in the form on Ben Purrington and Deji Oshilaja and Bowyer knows he will need to be patient with his side.

He explained: “We’re trying to rebuild and every time we’ve tried to do that, a barrier has been put in front of us, so it’s frustrating

“We need to have a resolution soon, because if we don’t, it won’t be pretty. Hopefully we get the right resolution and the sooner that happens the better

“We have to bring in a bit of everything. We lost 12 players and brought in three. We have to rebuild but our hands are tied.”

Charlton are currently operating under a one out, one in transfer embargo and Bowyer said he hopes that changes soon to allow him add to his squad.

“We’ve got four definite players and two maybes lined up,” he reveled, “that’s plan A. Plan B means we can’t sign anyone and we'd have to dig deep because we’ll be in trouble. That’s why this needs to happen.

“I’ve spoken to Thomas [Sandgaard] and it was a positive conversation. He understands what needs changing.

"I’ve told him the ins and the outs of the club. It’s a very, very good club. We have a fanbase that’s unreal and as long as the people running the club show they care, the fans will support them.

“For sure, he seems like he has the best interests of the club. He comes across that’s it long term and if it is him, he’ll be the right person to take this club forward.”

It has been an uncertain summer for the club and the Charlton Manager said it had been stressful.

He said: “I had every thought go through my head in the summer. I wasn’t in a good place and I’m still not happy now because I feel like I can’t do my job properly – that’s been the case since December.

“I know what I’m capable of doing, but I don’t have the tools to do it and that’s the thing that’s been driving me mad all summer! If I have the right tools, I know I can be successful and I want that to be at this club.

“I’ve never walked away from anything and I’m not about to do that. I’ll keep fighting for as long as I humanly can.”

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