Reading Football Club are pleased to announce that Mark Bowen has joined the Hogwood Park staff as Technical Consultant on a contract which runs until the end of the current campaign.
The former Welsh international full-back, who ended a long and impressive playing career with a very short spell at Madejski Stadium in December 1999, returns to the Royals to lend all his experience towards helping the club successfully prepare for our final eight opponents of the season.
In joining the Royals’ ranks as Technical Consultant, Bowen’s focus will be to help manager José Gomes and his coaching staff in their tactical preparation for the end of season run-in through the analysis and assessment of our opposition as we ready ourselves for the four crucial home games and four vital away days that remain.
That challenge begins with the visit of Preston North End at Madejski Stadium on Saturday before a hectic April which will see us play six games within the space of 21 days. Mark will be a valuable additional resource in helping the club approach each game and tackle that busy schedule head on.
The Neath-born left-back played top flight football for Tottenham Hotspur, Norwich City, West Ham United and Charlton, during a career which also included short spells with Wigan, Reading and Japanese side Shimizu S-Pulse.
Capped 41 times by Wales, Bowen totted up more than 500 appearances as a player. His most successful spell came at Carrow Road where he won the Player of the Year accolade in 1990 and famously scored an away goal against Bayern Munich in the Canaries’ UEFA Cup win over the Bundesliga giants a few years later - having helped City qualify for European competition with a third-placed Premier League finish.
His move into coaching began as his playing days drew to a close at Reading, initially working as a coach with the Welsh national team. On the club scene, Bowen earned early coaching experience alongside Steve Bruce at Crystal Palace and then Birmingham City - with whom he won promotion in 2002.
He went on to coach at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, QPR, Stoke and most recently Southampton until late last year. Now he is up for the fight with the Royals.