Mowbray hints at Beattie exit
Tony Mowbray would not stand in Craig Beattie's way should he seek a move away from West Brom.
By James Dall
Last Updated: 09/07/08 10:28am
West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Mowbray would not stand in striker Craig Beattie's way should he seek a move away from the club.
Beattie has been linked with a return to Preston North End after he spent the latter stages of last season on loan with the Championship side.
Mowbray has explained that he has not held talks with Preston boss Alan Irvine over a transfer, but hinted Beattie is likely to be surplus to requirements for next season in the Premier League.
"I've had no contact with Preston and no conversations with Alan since last season," said Mowbray in the Birmingham Mail.
"Craig is fit and working hard in the hope he can force his way into the thinking. I've had no conversations about any players going out. We're trying to get them in at the moment.
"But as we bring new players in, players will be looking around and seeing if they're going to get an opportunity.
"I would suggest there will be a natural evolution of the team really. People will enquire about players and then I will make decisions about where we're going to be.
"If one or two leave as the season draws nearer then so be it. I'm not the sort of guy who likes to push people out and stick them in a field so they get so disenchanted they want to go.
"Everyone has got an opportunity but ultimately footballers get a feel of whether they're going to be a part of something or not."