Tony Mowbray: Key West Brom quartet are down to my scouting 'army'

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The former Baggies boss admits he had the luxury of a wealth of scouts during his time at the Hawthorns.

Ex-West Brom boss Tony Mowbray says he would like to think he left the Midlands club in a better position than when he joined them, according to the Daily Mail.

The 51-year-old is now in charge at relegation-threatened Coventry City (they face a relegation decider at 12.15pm today) but looks back on his time at the Hawthorns fondly.

And what was most telling, for Mowbray, about his West Brom tenure was the 'army' of scouts he had at his disposal - as opposed to the very minimal resources now available to him at Coventry.

Indeed, the then Baggies boss claims he had an wealth of scouts who viewed players like they would movies in a cinema. That, he'd like to think, is why a key West Brom quartet in Chris Brunt, Jonas Olsson, Youssouf Mulumbu and James Morrison are still at the club.

Mowbray told the Mail: "At West Brom, we had an army. We would sit every Thursday afternoon in a recruitment office, which was blacked out with cinema-style chairs and a big screen to look at players.

"I’d like to think that’s why, seven years down the line, Chris Brunt, James Morrison, Youssouf Mulumbu and Jonas Olsson are still at the football club. If people look hard enough, they see clubs that are better after I’ve left."

West Brom have gone through a host of managers since Mowbray's three-year stint at the Hawthorns, including Roberto Di Matteo, Roy Hodgson, Steve Clarke and Pepe Mel.

Most recently, the Baggies dismissed Alan Irvine and replaced him with Tony Pulis.

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