Stoke appoint Bowen and Niedzwiecki to Mark Hughes's coaching staff

The Welsh duo have served under the new Potters boss in each of his previous management roles and are now recruited as assistant manager and first-team coach, respectively
Stoke City have announced the appointments of assistant manager Mark Bowen and first-team coach Eddie Niedzwiecki as part of new manager Mark Hughes's coaching staff.

The duo, both former Wales internationals, have worked alongside the Potters boss in each of his management roles, starting with a five-year spell with the national side.

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The former QPR manager is delighted to be reunited with his former colleagues, telling the club's official website: "They're the best at what they do, in my opinion. That is why they have worked alongside me for so long.

"They are both outstanding coaches, while they also have a real understanding of the game and how I like things to be.

"So that means when you go to a new club, you hit the ground running and everybody in the squad is up to speed. I'm pleased that they are joining us because I'm sure I will benefit from that and so, too, will Stoke City."

Chief executive Tony Scholes added: "Mark Bowen and Eddie Niedzwiecki have been key members of Mark Hughes's backroom team for some time now and he was therefore eager to have them working with him once again here.

"They both have outstanding pedigree as coaches and we are delighted that they have now agreed to join Mark's new team."