UK time is: 02:43:54
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Sparky Raids Blackburn Rovers

Mark Bowen, (44) the former Wales defender who, along with Eddie Niedzwiecki and Kevin Hitchcock have joined Hughes's management team at City from Blackburn Rovers.

Sparky's trusted assistant spoke to the media following his Manchester City appointment and had nothing but praise for his fellow compatriot.

'He's (Hughes) not a manager who would walk into the dressing-room or wherever and spend a lot of time in and around the group. He's willing to talk to the players - no problem - and he's not aloof, but he does like to keep his distance.'

'He wants to try and cover every single base, so if we lose a game and he comes in the dressing-room and starts throwing the odd teacup he doesn't have one player who can put his hand up and say, 'Yes, it's not my fault we lost because I didn't know this or we didn't do that.' It's a simple philosophy, but one that requires bloody hard work to maintain.'


Bowen finished off by saying...

'Mark uses Eric Cantona as an example at United. He was always open to new things, how he could improve and take his game forward. He never thought he was finished, that you couldn't teach him anything, and if there are players at Man City who think we can't tell them the same, they won't be here long under this manager.'

Mark Bowen Profile

Playing career

Tottenham Hotspur - 1981 - '87

Norwich City - 1987 - '96

West Ham United - 1996 - '97

Charlton Athletic - 1997 - '99

Wigan Athletic & Reading - 1999

International Career

Wales - 1986 - '97

41 appearances

Management (assistant)

Wales - 1999 - 2004

Blackburn Rovers - 2004 - '08



Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The journalist

Writer: Tudor Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday June 7 2008

Time: 9:44AM

Your Comments

Not that Sven was that bad but Hughes is another great man to take you forward
codbater
There's a grim determination about him from the interviews and press conferences. He might even play 442!!!
Johnny Baguette
city now have the best manager in the league! im a blackburn fan and disgusted with hughes and his team but with the so called corupt money ur man has might b able to work with top starts! if any city fan fancies a bet that thy finish higher thn blackburn bet me, cos roque will stay and he scored more goals thn all ur team put 2gva didnt he? ha city wastmen!!!
kendog
feck me you ain't left Blackburn much have you?
merlin
I wouldn't be surprissed to see him go in for a few of the Blackburn players.
dazza71
You may have the manager, the coaches, even the tea lady (sorry Edna) but stay away from our players!
FreidelNo.1
 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Manchester City Articles

Pellegrini - We'll Fight Until The End (Wednesday November 26 2014)

Stats: Manchester City v Bayern Munich (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Team News: City v Bayern Munich (Tuesday November 25 2014)

Character Pleases Pellegrini (Monday November 24 2014)

The Ped Report...City 2-1 Swansea City (Sunday November 23 2014)

Stats: Man City v Swansea (Saturday November 22 2014)

Team News: City v Swansea City (Friday November 21 2014)

Pellegrini Sets New Year Target (Friday November 21 2014)

Archived Manchester City Articles

List All VMC Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Johnny Baguette 331
2. Skoorb 259
3. Bluedub 149
4. fifthcolumnblue 140
5. kennyclementstache 119
6. rojo2010 103
7. BamaEngineer 90
8. OziMan 79
9. CITYBOY1000 61
10. ManchestEZ City 56

League Results (view all)

Latest Results
Man City 2 - 1 Swansea
Q.P.R. 2 - 2 Man City
Man City 1 - 0 Man Utd
West Ham 2 - 1 Man City
Man City 4 - 1 Spurs
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Man City

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
1. Chelsea 12 10 2 0 +19 32
2. Southampton 12 8 2 2 +18 26
3. Man City 12 7 3 2 +11 24
4. Man Utd 12 5 4 3 +4 19
5. Newcastle 12 5 4 3 -1 19
6. West Ham 12 5 3 4 +4 18
7. Swansea 12 5 3 4 +3 18

Breaking League News

» Liverpool : 26/11/2014 22:00:00
The Ped To Europe Report.. City 3-2 Bayern
» Man City : 26/11/2014 20:40:00
Olsson Set For Surgery
» WBA : 26/11/2014 20:35:00
Koeman - We Kept Our Belief
» Southampton : 26/11/2014 20:30:00
Pellegrini - We'll Fight Until The End
» Man City : 26/11/2014 20:20:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Your Favourite Kun Goal From The QPR Horror Show?
Suggested By:  The Headshaker Ritual
Agüero 32′ 45%
Agüero 83′ 55%