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Mark Bowen signs new deal as Reading FC boss

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Reading Football Club have announced that manager Mark Bowen has signed a new deal that will see him remain as Royals boss until the summer of 2021.

Assistant Manager, Eddie Niedzwiecki and First Team Coach, John O'Shea have also signed new deals, while Goalkeeping Coach, James Bittner will remain in his role until the end of the season.

Bowen stepped up from his role as Sporting Director to take the managerial reins in mid-October.

Prior to his arrival as manager, Reading were winless in seven games, but went unbeaten in Bowen's first four games in charge.

A winning-streak over the festive period saw the club earn home wins against Derby County, QPR and away victories at Preston and Fulham.

That impressive form saw the Welshman shortlisted as a nominee for the Championship's Manager of the Month accolade in only his second full month as a manager.

The Royals have now stretched their most recent unbeaten run to nine games across all competitions, ahead of their weekend clash at Millwall.

Since Bowen's appointment, the Royals have won nine, drawn five and lost three games in 17 matches.

As a player, the Welshman made over 500 appearances and has over 20 years of coaching experience to his name.

Chief Executive Nigel Howe commented:

“A manager with a very clear understanding of what it takes to win football matches in this division, Mark has managed to galvanise this group of players and instil fight, determination and desire into the dressing room which has had an instant impact on performances and our points tally.

“Mark would be the first to modestly highlight that this has been a good start…but only that; there is much more to achieve with this group of players.

"But I am delighted that, in a very short period of time as manager, he has proven himself a very clever, conscientious and capable manager and he fully deserves this new contract at the club.”

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