Mowbray confident of swift return

Tony Mowbray believes West Brom can mount a serious challenge for a quickfire return to the Barclays Premier League if they can keep hold of their key players.

The Baggies look doomed to the drop after just one season in the top flight as they are seven points adrift of safety with only six games remaining.

But Mowbray is optimistic their absence from the elite can be short-lived if the likes of Jonathan Greening, James Morrison, Robert Koren, Jonas Olsson and Marc-Antoine Fortune remain with the club.

Mowbray said: “If we go down we will be strong next year. If we keep people like Greening, Koren, Morrison, Fortune and 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 has already indicated that he will be willing to stay at West Brom if they go down and to sign a new contract.

But on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson has made it clear he wants to return to the Emirates Stadium in the summer rather than extend his stay at the Hawthorns.

Mowbray admits that relegation will be a blow to the progress he feels the club have been making over the past couple of seasons.

He said: “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.

“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.”

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