Kevin Phillips: West Brom should ignore calls for Tony Mowbray and back Steve Bruce

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Kevin Phillips has urged West Brom to ignore calls for Tony Mowbray to replace Steve Bruce at The Hawthorns this summer.

The ex-Baggies talisman did admit that his time under Mowbray as a player was “unbelievable” but is sceptical about people returning to clubs.

Mowbray looks set to leave Ewood Park this summer, although Ron Gourlay has already shared plans to stick with Bruce.

“It’s a tough one,” he exclusively told West Brom News.

“I would be a little biased because I had two unbelievable years there with Tony. I think a lot of the supporters would be happy with that one, he’s done a good job at Blackburn.

“I’m in Bruce’s corner, he’s got as much experience at getting people out of that league, but if they were to take that clause up and go for Mowbray, I’ve been sceptical of people going back to a club where they’ve done well.

“He’s got the credentials and he knows the football club, so certainly, it wouldn’t go down as a bad option.”

It looks as though Bruce has been backed by the board with Gourlay making his intentions very clear in the press this week.

Having that public backing is a big step and something that will give the current boss confidence in building something special.

No matter who is in charge, changes are needed.

Mowbray and Bruce are very similar characters and both have tasted success, so no matter who is in charge, we could have expected similar results next season.

Let’s hope that is promotion back to the Premier League.

In other West Brom news, Steve Bruce has held talks over new Baggies signing since arriving with a work permit update shared

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