Reading have appointed Mark Bowen as their first-team manager after Jose Gomes was sacked last week.
Bowen takes charge after stepping up from his role as Sporting Director at the club. It’s a somewhat a shock appointment for the Royals, as the Welshman has no previous experience in management.
He has been an assistant manager on a number of occasions and has worked closely with former Premier League boss, Mark Hughes.
Bowen joined Reading in the 2018-2019 season as a consultant and helped steer the Royals to safety, now he becomes first-team manager.
Speaking to the official website, Chief Executive, Nigel Howe, said: “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.”
What a quite staggering appointment this from the Berkshire outfit. Reading have shocked quite a few supporters as they make Bowen their first-team manager.
He was working for the club in a senior role as Sporting Director, and no doubt would have had some sort of say on the departure of Jose Gomes. It all seems a bit dodgy to me, and this could really come back to hurt the Royals further on in the season.
Whether he can motivate the squad is yet to see, and it’ll be interesting to see what the players think about the appointment of the new boss. Reading face high-flying Preston on Saturday, and it’ll be interesting to see what the atmosphere is like.