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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 August, 2004, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
Hughes delivers snub to FAW
Wales manager Mark Hughes
National manager Mark Hughes has upset members of the Football Association of Wales by reappointing Mark Bowen as coach without their approval.

FAW council members only became aware of the move when Bowen appeared at a press conference on Tuesday.

"The first I knew of this was when Bowen announced the squad for Latvia," FAW management committee chairman Ken Tucker told the Western Mail.

"It is something we need to discuss with Mark Hughes and David Collins."

Bowen's appointment did not come through the international committee
FAW international committee chairman Iwan Jones
Tucker's surprise was echoed by FAW international committee chairman Iwan Jones.

"Bowen's appointment did not come through the international committee," said Jones.

"Mark Hughes is entitled to appoint who he wants as one of his coaches.

"The question is whether it is a new appointment or not.

"If so, technically it should have come through the committee and been sanctioned by us."

Hughes has been granted more resources and autonomy by the FAW than any previous Wales manager, but this time it seems he has rattled some cages within the organisation.

The timing has not helped, with FAW members still angry at not being informed about Rhyl striker Andy Moran's nandrolone case when they were fighting to get Russia thrown out of Euro 2004 over the Egor Titov drug scandal.




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