04:37PM, Monday 14 October 2019
Reading FC have announced that Mark Bowen is stepping up from his role as sporting director to become Royals boss.
The former Welsh international – who has a wealth of coaching experience in the Premier League – takes over from Jose Gomes, who was sacked by the club last week.
Mark joined the club as a consultant toward the back end of the 2018/19 campaign before being retained over the summer to take over responsibility for all football operations at the club.
Reading’s form this season has been poor, with the club slipping into the relegation places in the last few weeks and it’s hoped that Bowen’s coaching CV – which boasts more than 20 years experience in the game – can help them pull away from the drop zone.
Chief Executive Nigel Howe said, “In the relatively short period of time that Mark has already spent at Reading Football Club, he has commanded respect and admiration from all who have worked alongside him.
“He came in at a critical period last season to help us retain our Championship status and had an immediate impact.
“Mark has two decades of coaching background on his CV, has tasted promotion to the Premier League and spent most of his coaching career in top-flight football.
“He knows this club and the owner and the board believe he is very capable of getting the very best out of a talented group of first team players and achieving the results we all want.”
Bowen has coaching experience at Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Southampton while the majority of his playing career was spent at Norwich City.
The Royals return to league action on Saturday, at home to Preston North End.
Police were called to the River Thames between Cookham and Bourne End yesterday at about 3pm, to reports that a teenage boy had entered the water but hadn’t been seen to leave.