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Last Updated: Wednesday, 14 July, 2004, 08:43 GMT 09:43 UK
Bowen eyes Wales return
Mark Bowen
Bowen is a highly respect coach
Former Wales assistant manager Mark Bowen says he would relish a return to the international scene.

Bowen, who has been released from his coaching role at Birmingham, was forced to quit as Mark Hughes' assistant last year to concentrate on his club duties.

"I don't want to say I'm going to go straight back to work with Wales because there's a lot to discuss," Bowen told BBC Wales Sport.

"But it's nice to feel wanted and if something does happen then great."

Bowen said his exit from Birmingham came as a huge shock and disappointment.

He had forged a close and successful partnership with Blues boss Steve Bruce since they took up the reigns at Birmingham in December 2001.

But the working relationship inexplicably broke down this summer, and Bowen now finds himself without a job.

"I just wasn't part of Steve Bruce's plans for this year," Bowen explained.

The former Wales international played an instrumental part in tempting Robbie Savage to St Andrews two years ago.

Savage's future at Birmingham is now also in doubt following Everton's 2.5m offer for the combative Wales midfielder.

And although Bruce has branded the offer as "laughable and derisory", Bowen says he would not be surprised if Savage eventually made the switch to Goodison Park.

"The story that Everton were interested circulated six or seven months ago, but we managed to calm it down at the time," Bowen added.

"I don't think Everton actually came in with a bid. But Robbie has said in the past he grew up as an Everton fan, so any time your favourite club comes in calling its going to turn your head.

Every player has a club they've always wanted to play for
Bowen on Savage's link with Everton
"That's basically what's happened with Robbie."

Historically, Everton has been a more successful club than Birmingham. But the Toffees have found themselves at the wrong end of the Premiership table in recent seasons and are feeling the financial squeeze.

Birmingham, though, look like a club on the up. They finished in 10th place last season and have signed Emile Heskey, Muzzy Izzet, Mario Melchiot and Jepser Gronkjaer in the close season.

But Bowen does not believe Savage would be taking a backwards step if he made the switch to Merseyside.

"Everton are a massive club and are just having a quiet time of it of late," he said.

"Birmingham seem to be heading in the right direction; they seem to have bought well in the summer.

"But it becomes a personal choice with the players. Every player has a club they've always wanted to play for and that may tip it in Everton's favour."





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