Mark Bowen

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.

Starting his career in 1981 with Tottenham Hotspur with whom he won the UEFA Cup, he went onto make over 500 first team appearances for seven teams including a brief spell in Japan with Shimizu S-Pulse.

He also represented the Wales national side winning 41 caps between 1986 and 1997.
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Upon retiring from playing Bowen started a 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.

He 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 after he was appointed as the new manager at Stoke City.

The pair enjoyed a very successful first season at The Potters where they finished ninth 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 which continued into the 2017/18 season culminating in their sacking in January 2018.

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 The Saints winning just one game and drawing six before the board relinquished Hughes and Bowen of their duties in December 2018.

Three months after leaving Southampton, Bowen returned to Reading as a technical consultant before stepping upto a sporting director role in August 2019.

Two months later he was appointed in his current position as Reading’s manager, which was ironic as he was tasked with drawing up a list of suitable candidates for the job.

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Mark Bowen: Premier League Statistics

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Premier League Teams Played forCharlton, Norwich City, West Ham United

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