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New first-team manager appointed

Update ahead of match at Sheffield Wednesday

30 March 2022

We are pleased to announce that Mark Bowen has been appointed first team manager until the end of the season.

The former Welsh international and Reading boss will take over immediately and now lead the side out against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.

We would like to thank Darius Charles for covering in this role over the last couple of days.

“I am deeply honoured to have been offered this position,” said Mark.

“I fully understand what’s at stake and what needs to be done over the remaining seven games. Take my word for it, we will all be doing everything possible to keep this proud club in League One.”

Mark has previously worked alongside Mark Hughes with Wales, Manchester City, Blackburn, Fulham, QPR, Stoke and Southampton.

Most recently, however, he worked for Reading, lifting them from 23rd in the Championship to 14th position.

Mark will be assisted by the former Arsenal and Chelsea coach Eddie Niedzwiecki, who also worked with him at Reading.

Our interim chair Mick Buckley added: “We are excited to be welcoming such experienced and respected coaches at this stage in the season.

“Mark understands the enormity of the job ahead. In many respects it speaks volumes for his character and personality that he is willing to take on this challenge with so much at stake.

“We can only do everything we possibly can to support him to the hilt and I’m confident that’s exactly what our fans will be doing on Saturday and for our forthcoming home game against Charlton on Tuesday.”

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