HITC Sport understands Charlton are set to appoint their former star to a new coaching role.

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Former Leeds and Newcastle star Lee Bowyer is in line to become Charlton’s new assistant manager, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Charlton boss Karl Robinson is looking for a new assistant after allowing his No.2 Richie Barker to depart the Valley to become assistant manager to Paul Warne at Rotherham United.

Barker moved to Charlton to work alongside Robinson last December after the pair enjoyed a successful spell together at MK Dons.

Rotherham will join Charlton in League One next season after their relegation from the Championship and Robinson is ready to turn to Bowyer to fill the vacancy left by Barker.

Lee Bowyer in action for Leeds

Bowyer, who came through the ranks and made his name with the Addicks in the mid-1990s before joining Leeds in 1996, has been working as first-team coach at the Valley since returning in January to initially work with the club’s younger players.

Robinson promoted Bowyer to his first-team coaching staff in February and he is now set to promote him again to his assistant manager.

Bowyer has completed all his coaching badges and is taking his first steps into management at his first club.

The former Leeds, Newcastle, West Ham, Birmingham City and Ipswich midfielder boasts a wealth of experience from his playing career and Robinson will be hoping he will help him with the task of rebuilding the club as they look to mount a bid for promotion next season.

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