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Bhoys boss: I won't swing the axe
Published : 17 Jun 2009 15:18:26
Mowbray met the media at Celtic Park on Wednesday morning after being confirmed as Gordon Strachan's successor and he outlined his plans for the future. Celtic fans will hope to see some changes in the squad that lost the Scottish Premier League title to Rangers last season and a host of players have already been linked with moving in and out of the club in recent weeks. Mowbray, who claimed he was "comfortable" with the budget handed to him by chief executive Peter Lawwell, is tasked with bringing flair back to the Parkhead side which, according to many fans, was missing under Strachan. However the former Celtic defender, who will be joined by his assistant Mark Venus and former Hoops team-mate Peter Grant as coach, warned there will be evolution rather than revolution in the east end of Glasgow. "I'm not coming here with a big axe to swing and cut everything out," Mowbray said. "I don't want to sit here and say we need a new player in this position or that position. That is disrespectful to the squad. "There is a natural evolution of a football team over time. "When I was at West Brom, within two and a half years, there was only two players left. "Hopefully the supporters in time, hopefully a short period of time, will see the stamp of how I like the game to be played coming across. "Obviously the team must continue to win and be successful within that." Mowbray added: "I'm very comfortable with budgets. "This is not a football club who is going to spend way over its budget and put its financial future in jeopardy. "But we must try to entertain. A lot of managers say you have to win and that's all that people want but I think you must try to entertain and win as well. "Hopefully, as we move on, Celtic supporters will see us win with a bit of style."