Mowbray the difference in West Brom Premier League charge

West Brom have come on leaps and bounds since Tony Mowbray took the helm back in October 2006.

Under the guidance of Gary Megson and Bryan Robson the side produced number spirited and dogged performances in the top-flight and the Championship.

But since Mowbray made his move from the north of the border the Baggies have been in a league of their own.

The former Middlesbrough and Celtic player swept into the Hawthorns and introduced an exciting, attacking brand of football which has not belied their second-tier status.

Today an important 2-1 reverse against Norwich put them clear at the top of the Championship and a win against struggling Southampton in their next fixture will seal their return to the Premier League.

Pundits and fans alike have long claimed that the only to build a winning side in the lower leagues is to bring in physical footballers and play as direct as possible.

But this season West Brom have produced a stylish – and winning – brand of the beautiful game.

Every fan of sexy football will have the fingers crossed, hoping that the Baggies make it back to the top flight next season.

(Picture – BBC Sport)