Bowen, who is expected to leave following the arrival of Harry Redknapp, reckons some of Hughesâ€™ stars went into hiding and let him down when the going got tough.
Bowen said: â€śMaybe itâ€™s a lesson that you canâ€™t bring in 10, 12 players. But the fact is we had to do it.
â€śWhether it was 13, 14, or more players let go last season not one went to a Premier League club or any club of significance.â€ť
And he added: â€śLast weekend we capitulated in a big game and players, in my opinion, went hiding.â€ť