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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



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Date:Saturday June 7 2008

Time: 9:44AM

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Not that Sven was that bad but Hughes is another great man to take you forward
codbater
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07/06/2008 14:42:00

There's a grim determination about him from the interviews and press conferences. He might even play 442!!!
Johnny Baguette
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07/06/2008 14:54:00

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
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07/06/2008 17:55:00

feck me you ain't left Blackburn much have you?
merlin
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08/06/2008 20:23:00

I wouldn't be surprissed to see him go in for a few of the Blackburn players.
dazza71
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09/06/2008 21:37:00

You may have the manager, the coaches, even the tea lady (sorry Edna) but stay away from our players!
FreidelNo.1
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12/06/2008 13:57:00

 

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