Manager gossip: Mark Bowen has interview for Wales job

Mark Bowen is in the running for the Wales manager’s job, just days after leaving his post as Stoke City’s number two.

The 54-year-old, who won 41 caps for his country as a player, had been a long-standing coach under Mark Hughes with Wales, Blackburn, Man City, Fulham and QPR before they arrived at Stoke in the summer of 2013.

He has been linked with management positions in the past but has remained loyal to Hughes – and left with him when Hughes was sacked following last weekend’s embarrassing FA Cup defeat at League Two Coventry.

Mark Hughes and Mark Bowen on the sidelines as Stoke lose at Burnley.

The Guardian’s Stuart James believes he had an interview with the Welsh FA yesterday, as well as rival candidates Ryan Giggs, Osian Roberts and Craig Bellamy.

The Wales squad pictured during their 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign at Cardiff Arms Park on September 7, 1993. Back row from left to right; Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs, Mark Aizlewood, Mark Bowen, Mark Hughes. Middle row; Andy Melville, Eric Young, Tony Norman, Neville Southall, Tony Roberts, Kit Symons, Chris Coleman. Dront row Mark Pembridge, Ian Rush, Jeremy Goss, Barry Horne, Dean Saunders and David Phillips.

The Wales squad pictured during their 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign at Cardiff Arms Park on September 7, 1993. Back row from left to right; Gary Speed, Ryan Giggs, Mark Aizlewood, Mark Bowen, Mark Hughes. Middle row; Andy Melville, Eric Young, Tony Norman, Neville Southall, Tony Roberts, Kit Symons, Chris Coleman. Dront row Mark Pembridge, Ian Rush, Jeremy Goss, Barry Horne, Dean Saunders and David Phillips.

Former Porthmadog boss Roberts had been Chris Coleman’s assistant before Coleman left for Sunderland. Giggs and Bellamy are both hoping to launch their management careers with the international gig, as Hughes had done with Wales back in 1999.

It has been reported that Hughes is not interested in returning to the role.

Hughes’s coach Eddie Niedzwiecki has remained to be in caretaker charge at Stoke, who hope to announce a permanent replacement soon.

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