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Bowen: Hughes will be great

Mark Bowen has hailed the qualities he believes Mark Hughes will bring to Stoke ahead of the new season.

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Mark Bowen: Hailed qualities Mark Hughes will bring to Stoke as new manager

Mark Bowen: Hailed qualities Mark Hughes will bring to Stoke as new manager

Bowen has moved to the Potters as assistant manager together with first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki and will welcome the squad back for pre-season training on July 8th.

And Bowen, who has worked with Hughes at Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR, is relishing the chance to ply his trade in the top-flight again.

"First and foremost, Mark is a friend. We've known each other since we were 12 or 13 years old, a very long time," said Bowen.

"What qualities does he bring to the job? He's an excellent tactician and coach; he knows what he wants but at the same time, I wouldn't call him a person who adopts a 'my way or the highway' approach.

"He's very much open to different opinions. If somebody brings something to the table that he likes, he will take it on board.

"We've spoken to one or two of the players. Jonathan Walters popped into the building the other day and we spoke to him and we got a really good reaction from him.

"We work on intensity and demand things on the training ground but good pros always embrace it - it's only the ones who are not such good pros who react badly to it. We demand high standards from the players all the time."

Bowen: "Everybody knows Stoke's players but we're trying to go into a little bit more detail about them. We've been watching a lot of clips of them and talking to people."

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