Mowbray confirmed as Celtic manager

16 June 2009

It's been pretty much a done deal since Saturday, when Celtic agreed to Albion's compensation demands and were allowed to speak to him - but Tony Mowbray has been officially confirmed as the new manager of Celtic. He will take his assistants Mark Venus and Peter Grant with him, and be joined by existing coach Neil Lennon. If various reports are to be believed, half of Albion's squad will be following him to Scotland after falling on their knees and begging him to release them from their Albion Hell (or something like that).

Albion now have to begin the search for yet another new boss. Names currently in the frame are Darren Ferguson of Peterborough United, Alan Irvine of Preston NE, former Wolves and Southampton manager Dave Jones, currently with Cardiff City, and former Albion midfielder Derek McInnes, who has just achieved promotion to the SPL with St Johnstone. According to some reports, Albion have already asked permission to speak to Ferguson, and Posh Chairman Barry Fry has conceded that they will struggle to keep him - but believes the move to Albion will be a good one. "I think Darren would see most Championship clubs as a sideways step in his career but I don't think that would be the case with West Bromwich Albion" said the rotund former Blues boss we always had a soft spot for...

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  08 June 2009:  Finally! Celtic ask to speak to Mowbray

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