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Last Updated: Wednesday, 18 October 2006, 22:09 GMT 23:09 UK
Mowbray vows not to plunder Hibs
Tony Mowbray
Mowbray won't be raiding Hibs to boost West Bromwich Albion
West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has given assurances that he will not raid his former club to bolster the Baggies.

In his tenure at Hibernian, Mowbray sold striker Garry O'Connor to Lokomotiv Moscow for 1.6m and lost Derek Riordan to Celtic.

Speaking to the Edinburgh Evening News, Mowbray said: "I am not sitting here thinking I am going straight back to Hibs in the transfer window.

"It hasn't even entered my head so the supporters should not have any fears."

Hibs fans are keen to retain their prized players and keep up with the pace in the Scottish Premier League.

However, some of their best homegrown products, like Steven Whittaker, Steven Fletcher and midfield duo Scott Brown and Kevin Thomson, have drawn attention from clubs in England.

"I have to assess the playing staff already here," said Mowbray.

"For instance, Nigel Quashie can't get into the team at present, although he is a stick-on for Scotland when he is fit."

There is no need for Hibs to sell any of their players until the time is right for both the football club and the players
Tony Mowbray, West Brom Manager

The new Hawthorns boss watched his new charges cruise to a comfortable 2-0 win away to Crystal Palace in the Coca-Cola Championship.

And Mowbray will undoubtedly have substantially more funds made available to him in his bid to earn promotion.

"Out of respect for the squad of players I have at the moment, I have to give them time to prove I do not need to go and buy others," he said.

"The players I have inherited do, I believe, have the potential to get back into the Premiership."

Hibs caretaker Mark Venus is currently in talks with West Brom about taking on the assistant manager's position.

But Mowbray has insisted that no-one else will join him in the West Midlands in the near future.

"In any case, the Hibs players have long contracts. Kevin, for instance, has three more years and Scott two-and-a-half," added Mowbray.

"Also, there is no need for Hibs to sell any of their players until the time is right for both the football club and the players.

"For me, Kevin, Scott and the Stevens, while they have the raw materials to be top-class football players, still need to mature and still have a lot to learn."

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