Grant offered coaching role at West Brom
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has offered Peter Grant a route back into the game ahead of Norwich's Championship visit to the Hawthorns. Mowbray revealed he wants his former Celtic colleague to help out on the coaching side at the Baggies.
West Brom boss Tony Mowbray has offered Peter Grant a route back into the game ahead of Norwich's Championship visit to the Hawthorns.
Mowbray revealed he wants his former Celtic colleague to help out on the coaching side at the Baggies.
“I've spoken to Peter Grant, who is a good friend of mine, since he left his position at the club,” confirmed Mowbray. “I've invited him to come and join in with our training anytime he wants because he's a good man and a good character. We'll see if he takes us up on that offer.”
The former Ipswich defender warns his side face a battle against the managerless Canaries.
“We'll do our utmost to get a result but we have every respect for Norwich,” he said. “It's a wonderful and big club and when I was at Ipswich we had a bitter rivalry with them. They're still getting big crowds of 23,000 to 24,000 every week. It's a big club with big expectations.
“We've just got to make sure they don't get their turnaround here at The Hawthorns at the weekend. Hopefully we'll take our chances when they come. They won't be the most confident side at the moment but I'm sure they'll work extremely hard and be hard to beat and breakdown. They have got obvious counter-attack threats in the likes of Darren Huckerby. We're going to have be fully concentrated and at our best to get a result. They're a decent football team. You always have to be respectful of the opposition and we will be against Norwich.”
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Albion's big money summer signing Chris Brunt believes the Canaries can dent West Brom's recent revival after midweek victory over Blackpool.
“Norwich have had a tough time of it this season,” he said. “Somewhere down the line you have to expect a backlash but hopefully Saturday will not be the case. We have to be on our guard because they have got good quality in their squad like Jamie Cureton, who scored a lot of goals at this level last season for Colchester, and Huckerby. The main thing for us is to get the three points and that will make it a fantastic week for us after the defeat at Colchester.”
The £3m former Sheffield Wednesday midfielder admits he still has to win over the Hawthorns' support after failing to impress since his summer switch.
“The more starts and full games I get, hopefully that will bring the best out of me and the fans will take to me,” he said. “I want to get Blackpool out of my mind as soon as possible because I was a bit disappointed with my game and the best way to do that is to get back on track by playing.
“Hopefully over the next few weeks I can get a few more starts and get back to the form I showed last season. It is a squad game these days and as long as the team is progressing and winning games, you can't really argue if you are not in the side. The manager has brought in a lot of good players and everyone has to fight for their shirt. Training is competitive and you have to keep working hard in training and, when you get a chance, take it. I know I can do a lot better and there is a lot more to come so hopefully come Saturday, if selected, I can prove that.”