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Man City No2 Bowen brands owner interference claims as "ridiculous"

Manchester City No2 Mark Bowen has branded as "ridiculous" reports that the club's owners are interfering in manager Mark Hughes' team selection.

Bowen told City's website: "As Mark has said you can only surmise that people have an agenda against the club. Maybe there is a touch of jealousy, envy and maybe fear about the way the club could go over the coming months and years. When we read these stories, and they are blatant lies, the only conclusion is that certain people out there don't want Manchester City to prosper and do well.

"At any successful club, like at our rivals down the road or the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal, the Manager is the one that calls the shots and that is the way it has to be.

"To start we were smiling at some of the stories that were coming out, but now it is at the stage where it's plainly ridiculous."

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