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Bowen to fly off with Canaries?

Having recently been linked with the vacant managerial post with West Bromwich Albion, Blackburn Rovers assistant manager Mark Bowen is again being linked with vacant managerial positions.

Mark Hughes would quickly move to quash speculation linking Bowen with a move to the Hawthorns however one of the two jobs Bowen is now being linked with is one that should it be offered he may find too good to refuse?

Also being linked to the hot seat at Elland Road with Leeds United, the position most likely to interest Bowen would be that at Carrow Road with Norwich City, a team with whom he spent many years with early in his career.

Having begun his playing career with Tottenham Hotspur in 1981 Bowen would find it had to get regular first team football at White Hart Lane, so he made the switch to Norwich in 1987 for 90,000.

Bowen is a Norwich legend, making his debut in August 1987 and despite playing as a left-back he would end the 1989-1990 season as the clubs joint-top goalscorer in the league, seeing him earn the Player of the year Award. Also being a part of the Norwich side which finished the first Premiership Season of 1992-1993 in a more than creditable third place, as a result they would qualify for the UEFA Cup, and would knock out the mighty Bayern Munich in the second round with Bowen himself scoring in Germany.

Rovers' title winning season of 1994-1995 would see Norwich relegated, finding them in desperate financial trouble, with Bowen leaving the club in 1996.

The Welshman has built up his credentials with his work with Hughes in the Welsh national set-up, also working alongside Steve Bruce as his assistant at Crystal Palace and Birmingham before re-joining Hughes at Ewood Park in the summer of 2004.

Following Norwich's disappointing start to the Championship season, compounded by the 4-1 home drubbing from Burnley on Sunday the club sacked manager Nigel Worthington shortly after. Bowen is said to be likely to face competition from former Glasgow Rangers boss Alex McLeish and Alan Curbishley who is looking to get back into management having left Charlton Athletic at the end of last season.

Mark Bowen's former Norwich team mate Ian Crook, currently coaching in the Australian A League with Sydney FC is rumoured to be being lined up by Bowen to work alongside him, a move which Crook has denied, stating he is happy where he is.

A return to Norwich is far more likely than a position at West Brom was, and even indeed is with Leeds, so should an approach be made although Hughes will not want to see him leave I think Bowen's past could history at Carrow Road could well work against Hughes and Rovers.

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Writer: Walker Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 2 2006

Time: 5:21PM

Your Comments

Should he be picked ahead of others and an approach be made I think Rovers could have a fight on their hands to keep Bowen this time.
Hughes Da Man
From a Norwich point of view, the Bowen/Crook partnership has great appeal and is top of the wish list. Although you say Crook has stated he is happy in Sydney, local Oz papers think he would also find this hard to say 'No' to. We need something like this to give the team and fans a much needed morale boost. (Sorry it was Burnley that got to roll us over in Worthy's last match!)
fatbarman
If it is good for the club and good for the fans maybe this is a partnership they should pursue ahead of the likes of bigger names McLeish or Curbishley? I'd wish him all the best if he went and thank him for what he's done for Rovers.
Hughes Da Man
I'm still at a lost as to why he is being linked - making the step from Assistant/Coach to Manager is not always successful - just ask Brian Kidd! It seems to me that tehr emust be a lot of other managers out of work that would do a good job - perhaps Delia could talk to Souness
Ex Ewood Resident
Sometimes it comes down to money doesn't it, so it may be cheaper for Norwich even to emply Bowen? If they appointed a McLeish or Curbishley how long would they stay?
Hughes Da Man
well not for very long id say
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