Megson: Best West Brom squad in years
Former West Bromwich Albion boss Gary Megson is confident his old club will beat the drop this season.
Although Megson left B71 under a cloud in 2004, following a bust-up with chairman Jeremy Peace, he remains fond of the club which brought him his best-ever managerial achievements.
And he believes Albion will survive this season.
“It’s been a difficult few years for West Brom but I think they can definitely stay up this year,” the 52-year-old told the Birmingham Mail.
“They have got a much stronger squad than they’ve ever had in the Premier League before and should have enough to avoid relegation.
“The manager has made some astute signings in Peter Odemwingie and Paul Scharner and there is a dressing room that knows what it takes in this division. Scharner, in particular, is somebody I like. I tried to sign him when I was at Bolton and I think playing him in midfield has been ideal for him.
“The lack of experience has been a problem in the past but with players like Scharner around they’ve got something they didn’t have before.
“Nothing would give me greater pleasure than seeing them stay up. And if they do, there is a chance to really make some progress.
“It has taken baby steps to go forward but now the club has the tools to become established in the Premier League. You look at the training ground now and the infrastructure, it’s really moved on.”