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Hughes set the standards

14 February 2015

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Gary Bowyer believes former boss Mark Hughes set the standards that he tries to work by today at the football club.

Hughes was in charge at Ewood for almost four years from September 2004 to June 2008, with current boss Bowyer full of praise for the work he did during his time with Rovers.

As Bowyer's Rovers prepare to take on Hughes' Stoke City in this afternoon's FA Cup fifth round tie, he admits that under the Welshman it was a great environment to work and learn.

"He took the club to another level, pure and simple as that," said Bowyer.

"It was a different way of working, you speak to any player, any member of staff that has worked under him or for him, he's a fantastic manager and he took this club forward.

"He took them into Europe, he upped the standard of everything around the place and he was terrific.

"I learned a hell of a lot from him. My dealings were more with the reserve team manager in Glyn Hodges, but I learned a lot off Eddie Niedzwiecki the first team coach with him, Mark Bowen and the gaffer himself.

"They were terrific, the learning environment for staff and players was fantastic. It was a phenomenal environment to be in at that time and the standards that they set is something that we try and strive to still here now.

"It is no surprise that he has Stoke rising as high as what they are and playing the way that they are because he is very very good at what he does."

Tickets for today's game will be on sale to Rovers supporters with a database history of purchasing tickets. Prices are Adults £20, Seniors (65 and over) £12, 18-20yrs £12, Juniors (5-17yrs) £7 and Under-5s free.

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