Mowbray sure of swift return

14 April 2009 01:44
Tony Mowbray believes his West Brom side can make an immediate return to the top flight if they are relegated this term, providing they manage to keep hold of their key players. The Baggies look likely to be playing Championship football next season with the club bottom of the Premier League with just six games to go. Their season to date in the top division has seen them pick up only six wins leaving them seven points from safety. Although not mathematically certain to go down Mowbray is confident that, if he were able to keep the nucleus of his side together in the event of relegation, then he could swiftly lead them back into the Premier League. "If we go down we will be strong next year," he said. "If we keep people like (Jonathan) Greening, (Robert) Koren, (James) Morrison, (Marc-Antoine) Fortune and (Jonas) Olsson, I believe we would be strong in the Championship. "Hopefully we would do the same as we did last year and play our way out of the Championship. "Hopefully we could come back with a good crop of players who have been through this experience this year and know what it takes. "Also hopefully I would be a coach, who understands the league better, understands the quality of the opposition and knows what it takes to win games." Greening is one player that has indicated that he will be staying at the Hawthorns next year but fellow midfielder James Morrison has admitted that he would have to consider his future if the Baggies succumbed to the drop. But their manager is concerned that players are not the only thing the club are in danger of losing if they are relegated to England's second tier. "The disappointment is, that if we drop out of this league, we are going to lose a little bit of the progress we've made," he added. "I feel if we could stay in this league, it would be so much better next year because we would be able to add one or two quality players and go to places and let teams know they're in a real match."

Source: SKY_Sports