Di Matteo sets strategy
Roberto Di Matteo insists newly-promoted West Brom will need to invest in quality and retain their top players.
Last Updated: 12/04/10 9:35am
Roberto Di Matteo insists newly-promoted West Brom will need to invest in quality and retain their top players if they are to survive in the Premier League.
Saturday's 3-2 defeat of Doncaster, which took the Baggies' goal tally for the season to over 100, secured an immediate return to the top flight following last season's relegation.
In what is just his second season in management, after spending a year at MK Dons, Di Matteo has impressed with the quietly efficient manner he has gone about securing promotion.
Now with the job done he will have to start planning for next season, although being aware the yo-yoing Midlands outfit are notorious for being cash conscious.
"This is the culmination of 24 months of solid slogging by myself and assistant Eddie Newton - and it feels really good," said the Italian.
"But, in football, if you are fortunate enough to make progress then everything gets harder at the same time. I really haven't begun to plan for the Premier League just yet.
"But I am aware, the same as everybody else, that West Brom are not a club who spend fortunes in the transfer market. The system is mapped out on sensible lines."
While improving the quality in his ranks will be key to making a fist of it next season, Di Matteo is well aware keeping the predators away from the likes of Graham Dorrans will be just as important.
"We are scouting players all the time. At the moment, there are no definite targets in mind but we must soon sharpen our thinking on the subject," added Di Matteo.
"Retaining our best players, such as Graham Dorrans, is one part of the mixture. The other main factor is strengthening at the top of the squad.
"That means bringing in people of the highest quality that we can make available to us. And that cannot necessarily be achieved on the cheap."