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Reading Football Club confirm the appointment of Mark Bowen as Sporting Director

Mark Bowen - picture credited to Reading FC

Reading Football Club have confirmed Mark Bowen has been officially appointed as their new Sporting Director.

The former Wales full-back, who ended his career at Reading after a brief spell with the club in 1999, will now take up all football operations within the club.

Bowen joined the club's coaching staff as a technical consultant towards the end of the 2018/19 season in March. During that time, the club were attempting to stave off relegation - something they successfully achieved - and has now been rewarded with the permanent role.

Chief Executive, Nigel Howe said in response to the news:

"Mark proved a valuable asset to the first team structure when he joined us at the end of last season and he has been working from within our first team and Academy operations at Hogwood during the last couple of months.

"Mr Dai, the manager and I  will now lend Mark our utmost support as he embarks on this new role at Reading.”

During his playing days, the 55-year-old was most famous for his heroics at Norwich City, where he made 399 appearances for the Canaries.

His most memorable moments in the yellow shirt included winning the Player of the Year accolade in 1990 and a decisive away goal in their 2-1 win against German giants Bayern Munich in the 1993/94 UEFA Cup.

After joining Charlton Athletic in 1997, Bowen also dispatched a spot-kick in the Division One play-off final penalty-shootout as the Addicks overcame Sunderland to gain promotion to the Premier League in 1998.

Bowen's playing days then finished with brief spells at Wigan Athletic and the Royals, before his first foray into coaching as assistant manager with the Welsh national team in 1999, where he spent five successful seasons alongside coaching spells with Crystal Palace and Birmingham City.

The former defender's been all around the Football League since with coaching spells at Blackburn Rovers, Manchester City, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City and Southampton.

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