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Bowen out of Norwich job running

Mark Bowen
Mark Bowen played 321 games for Norwich between 1987 and 1996

Manchester City assistant Mark Bowen has ruled himself out of replacing Glenn Roeder as Norwich City boss.

The former Wales international enjoyed nine years at Carrow Road as a player and is among the favourites to succeed Roeder in the managerial hot seat.

But Bowen said: "I'm very flattered, but I'm in a unique and fantastic position at Manchester City.

"We all firmly believe this club will be challenging the greatest sides in Europe in two to three years."

The 45-year-old coach has been manager Mark Hughes' right-hand-man with Wales, Blackburn Rovers and now at Premier League big spenders Manchester City.

The Eastlands club are among the richest in the world following a take-over by eikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan last September.

City have signed Brazilian star Robinho and have been linked with fellow big-names Kaka and David Villa.

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And Bowen does now want to leave a club that has ambitions of challenging for major European and domestic honours for a side that is currently fourth from bottom of the Championship.

Roeder, who resigned as Newcastle boss in May 2007, joined Norwich in October of the same year and led the club from the bottom of the table to safety.

But he was sacked after their 1-0 FA Cup exit to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

Former Norwich academy coach and Watford boss Aidy Boothroyd is the odds-on favourite but Bowen, Norwich's Player of the Year in 1990, has been linked to the vacant managerial job.

The former Carrow Road favourite admitted: "I consider Norwich to be my club.

"I spent the majority of my career there - nine years - and had fantastic and happy times there.

"My three children were all born in Norwich and the club and the area has a special place in my heart.

"But it will be a very hard to leave Manchester City at the moment with what's happening here."

Former Norwich goalkeeper Bryan Gunn is set to take charge of the team for Saturday's league game at home to Barnsley but chairman Roger Munby said a decision had yet to be made.



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