Alex Bruce admits his heart bled for Lee Bowyer as he watched Leeds United celebrate the Championship title despite Charlton Athletic being relegated.

The former Leeds and Hull City defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted there would have been some mixed emotions for the 46-year-old after his side suffered the drop at Elland Road.

A tweet from Leeds Live journalist Beren Cross showed the Charlton boss watching the Whites’ title celebrations after what was the clubs’ final game of the season.

A 4-0 defeat coupled with positive results for Luton and Barnsley condemned the Addicks to a place in League One next season after just one year among the second tier.

Bruce insists it has been a “nightmare” campaign for the club and that his heart goes out the man in the dugout.

Asked about Bowyer watching Leeds’ celebrations, Bruce told Football Insider: “I feel for Lee Bowyer after last night, it can’t have been easy for him. 

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“When you’re a manager it’s all about results, hopefully they can bounce back.

It’s been a nightmare season for Charlton, the hierarchy haven’t done them any favours with what’s been going on, it’s been absolute chaos apparently. They need to bear a lot of the brunt for what’s gone on.”

Charlton finished the season one point and one place off safety, with Barnsley’s late winner over Brentford keeping the Tykes in the Championship for next year.

Leeds meanwhile ended the campaign 10 points clear of second-placed West Brom.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are set to announce a senior exit after terms were agreed with a Championship rival.

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