Greening backs Mowbray
Jonathan Greening has backed Tony Mowbray and declared that if he left he would be a wanted man.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 08/12/08 4:43pm
West Brom captain Jonathan Greening has backed manager Tony Mowbray and declared that if he left the Hawthorns he would be a wanted man.
The Baggies find themselves at the foot of the Premier League table and have not tasted success in the league for nine games.
Despite their dismal run Greening does not think his manager is under pressure, instead he believes Mowbray should be praised for the job he has done with the Baggies.
The former Manchester United and Middlesbrough man has played under some top managers in his time and he has no hesitation in putting Mowbray up there with the best of them.
"Tony Mowbray is a top guy, a top coach and any club would want him, the style of football he plays, his passion for the game, and he would be under no pressure because he is probably a wanted guy," Greening noted.
"He is one of the best coaches I have ever worked with and he likes to play the right way and every day is enjoyable and it is a pleasure to come into work.
"I'd be very surprised if he gets under pressure because what he has done over the last couple of years has been fantastic.
"I've been near the bottom of the league at Middlesbrough when Steve McClaren was under big pressure and Bryan Robson at West Brom the year we went down.
"But the gaffer is big enough to take it on the chin. He loves the game, he loves the pressure and we all want to play for him. There is little doubt about that. Everyone wants to do well for him.
"The fans have also been brilliant. They have been brilliant since I've been here. We've had some ups and downs but they've always given us 120 per cent.
"I am sure they love the manager just as much as the players do. No question about that."
Greening claimed his first goal of the season against Portsmouth at the weekend to give his side the lead but the Baggies were unable to hold out and had to make do with a point after Peter Crouch's deflected strike levelled the scores.
"I hadn't scored for a while and the gaffer is always going on about me scoring more but this role gives me more chance to get in the box and get shots in.
"When I play central midfield, I don't seem to get those chances. I've really enjoyed it. The gaffer is always moaning at me because I score quite a few goals in training.
"That is why he probably stuck me in there just behind Ish (Ishmael Miller). I should have scored against Wigan as well and with two in two I would have been flying."