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West Brom coach Downing wants all local rivals to beat drop

Keith Downing is backing Wolves and West Bromwich Albion to beat the drop.

The Baggies first team coach also hopes Birmingham City and Aston Villa can stay up to preserve a strong Midlands contingent in the Barclays Premier League.

Downing told the WBA website: "I genuinely feel both will survive - and I would love it!

"I also want Birmingham and Villa to survive.

"It's good for the area.

"It's been so long since we've all been together, so I would hate it to change.

"From our point of view there is a direction, purpose, structure, work ethic, organisation and that's why I feel there is an opportunity to survive.

"With Wolves I've always felt Mick McCarthy will generate good spirit and handle it well under pressure - as Roy Hodgson does.

"Wolves have durability about them and calmness.

"I don't know about supporters - but certainly among the footballing community we hope it can happen."

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