Mowbray delighted to finish top
Tony Mowbray paid tribute to his West Brom side after they clinched the Championship title.
By Lewis Rutledge
Last Updated: 04/05/08 7:51pm
Tony Mowbray paid tribute to his West Brom side after they clinched the Championship title with a 2-0 victory at Queens Park Rangers.
The Baggies' promotion was all but guaranteed following a 1-1 draw with Southampton on Monday, but Mowbray insists it was important to end their campaign in style.
The manager is now relishing West Brom's return to the Premier League, although he accepts he will have to strengthen his squad over the summer.
"We wanted to finish as champions. I know we were promoted last Monday but to come here and win 2-0 puts the icing on the cake for the players and the supporters," Mowbray told Sky Sports News.
"Hopefully we can do justice to ourselves and the supporters next season.
"We've go to add some quality to the existing quality and natural competition should drive the team on."
There is some doubt over whether 34-year-old striker Kevin Phillips will stay at The Hawthorns, but Mowbray is keen for him to be part of the setup.
He explained: "There's some talking to be done between our board and Kevin's advisers, but Kevin's got a willingness to stay and we would love him to stay.
"Hopefully we can come to a positive conclusion."
Phillips has also confirmed that he expects to remain with the club, saying: "I sincerely hope so. I'm going to sit down this week and try and sort it out.
"I hope I'm playing for West Brom in the Premier League next season and I can't see any reason why not."
Phillips added: "When you are judged over the course of the season, with the squad we've got and the quality we've got, it's always going to come through.
"We've had our sticky patches but generally we'll win more games than we lose."