Charlton boss Lee Bowyer called Leeds to find out Marcelo Bielsa’s favourite wine ahead of crucial final day Championship clash

Charlton manager Lee Bowyer has bought his Leeds counterpart Marcelo Bielsa a bottle of red wine ahead of their final day clash tomorrow but is expecting no favours from his old club.

Leeds were promoted to the Premier League as champions at the weekend and will return to the top flight for the first time in 16 years.

Lee Bowyer heads to Leeds on the final day of the season trying to keep Charlton up

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Lee Bowyer heads to Leeds on the final day of the season trying to keep Charlton up

The Addicks are fighting for survival at the other end of the table and are only out of the drop zone by goal difference.

Bowyer was a popular figure at Leeds after joining from the Addicks in 1996 for a then record fee for a teenager of £2.8million.

He went on to play 265 times for the Whites, scoring 55 goals.

The 43-year-old joined talkSPORT Breakfast ahead of the clash on Wednesday and host Laura Woods asked if he has found out what Bielsa’s favourite wine is, as it was his birthday on Monday.

Bowyer said: “I called yesterday. It wasn’t for that, Laura. I know it was his birthday but it was more for congratulations for winning the league.

Lee Bowyer was a fans favourite at Leeds

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Lee Bowyer was a fans favourite at Leeds

Bielsa will forever be etched into Leeds folklore after steering them back into the top-flight

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Bielsa will forever be etched into Leeds folklore after steering them back into the top-flight

“That was to give him a gift and was a respectful thing. No matter what manager I was going to be playing against and it was going to be the final game and they were champions. I think the right thing to do would be give them a gift.

“I did ring up and they said bring him a nice bottle of Malbec. That’s what I’ve done. I’ve bought one for Eddie Gray as well.

“Obviously he’s a good friend and good man who works at the club.”

Charlton’s fate is in their own hands heading into the final game of the season as a win would guarantee Championship survival.

Bowyer is confident heading into the game even though they are playing against the champions.

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He added: “I feel confident, like every game we go into. I’ve got a bunch that are going to give me everything when they step onto the pitch.

“We are a side that can move the ball well and create chances. We have a bit of everything. Leeds are done now.

“They’ve won the league but like you see at the weekend, they haven’t taken their foot off the pedal and I’m expecting the same tomorrow.


“The manager is very professional and he won’t let them come off it. I know he won’t.

“From what I believe they were in training yesterday. They’ve won the league and they are in training the next day. That’s the way he is. He’s very professional.

“It’s going to be a tough game and they are the best side in the league by a mile so it’s going to be tough.”


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