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Betting Shop: Bowen believes that Stoke will improve under Hughes
By Andrew Scott Thursday, 4 July 2013 01:51
Stoke assistant manager Mark Bowen and betting shops that follow the club are very eager to see the start of the new season and he believes that under Mark Hughes the team will improve.
Betting shops learned that Bowen rejoined Hughes at the Britannia Stadium for a fifth time, as he was previously part of his backroom staff at QPR, Manchester City, Fulham, and Blackburn.
On May 30, Hughes was appointed as Stoke manager, and Bowen was named soon after. The 49-year-old is delighted and many people with a betting site are very eager to meet the squad and start to get ready for the new campaign.
“I’m settling in very well,” he told the club’s official website. “It has been a hectic few weeks; when Mark joined the club I was just in the process of packing my bags to take my wife and family on a summer break.
“I had the break and spoke to Mark a few times during his initial few weeks at the club.
“Since I’ve been back I’ve been to the training ground three or four times now and have got a real good feel for the place.”
Betting shops saw that even though last season Stoke finished 13th place under former manager Tony Pulis, at the end of the campaign the 55-year-old left, with some sections of the club’s support feeling frustrated over their lack of progression.
But Bowen and many betting shops praised the work that Pulis did during his years at the helm, and he believes that the club’s stability will let the new management team make more improvements.
“To everybody on the outside it certainly looks like a very well-run and stable club and one that is hopefully on the verge of big things,” he added. “That’s the impression I’ve been left with from the time I’ve spent at the training ground and from speaking to people here.
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“It shines through that there’s a very real feeling that the club can go forward and progress. There’s a steadiness about the place.”
Stoke’s fans, especially those with a betting site, are keen to see improvements in the squad, and many are confident that they’ll do very well in the new campaign.