Where is Mark Bowen now?
Norwich City legend Mark Bowen retired from playing in 1999 after brief spells with Wigan Athletic and Reading.
He’ll forever be remembered by Canaries fans for his headed goal against Bayern Munich to put them 2-0 up in their famous UEFA Cup victory in 1993.
Bowen was also a UEFA Cup winner with Tottenham Hotspur in 1984 where he was an unused substitute in the final against RSC Anderlecht.
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Upon retiring, Mark Bowen started his career in coaching with Reading before going on to form a successful partnership with former Norwich City team-mate Steve Bruce who he followed to Crystal Palace and then Birmingham City.
Bowen also assisted Mark Hughes during his tenure as boss of the Welsh national side which was the start of a long relationship between the two.
Bowen left Birmingham in 2004 to join up with Hughes at Blackburn Rovers as his assistant manager and also followed him to Manchester City in 2008, Fulham in 2010 and also Queens Park Rangers in 2012.
He linked up with Hughes once again in June 2013 when he was appointed as the new manager at Stoke City.
The pair enjoyed a very successful first season at Stoke where they finished in 9th position which was the club’s highest league position since the 1974-75 season.
Two more ninth placed finishes preceded a 13th place finish in 2016/17 after an underwhelming second half to the season.
The poor form continued into the 2017/18 season and Hughes and Bowen were sacked in January 2018 after five defeats in seven Premier League games left his side in the relegation places.
Bowen was a late contender for the vacant Wales national team manager’s job after Chris Coleman’s departure but despite impressing in the interview he lost out to Ryan Giggs.
He made a return to coaching just two months after leaving Stoke when he followed Mark Hughes to struggling Southampton as his assistant for the sixth time at club level.
Despite securing Premier League status in 2018, the following season proved to be a struggle again for Southampton and they won just one game and drew six before the board relinquished Hughes and Bowen of their duties in December 2018.
A former Welsh international player, Bowen provided co-commentary on ITV for the Wales games during Euro 2016.
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Mark Bowen: Premier League Statistics
|Premier League Teams Played for||Charlton, Norwich City, West Ham United|
Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com