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Last Updated: Monday, 11 February 2008, 16:27 GMT
Mowbray and Venus sign new deals
Boss Tony Mowbray and assistant manager Mark Venus
Mowbray and Venus are popular with West Brom fans (Pic: Getty)
Manager Tony Mowbray and his assistant Mark Venus have both signed new contracts at West Bromwich Albion.

Mowbray has committed to the club until the summer of 2011 and Venus has agreed an improved rolling 12-month deal.

Mowbray told BBC WM: "I'm delighted to have been offered a new contract. I see it as an opportunity for some stability and to keep the club going forward.

"We've had a big turnaround of players. We're all on a journey - hopefully to the Premier League."

Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thrilled the pair are staying.

"We're delighted Tony and Mark have signed their new contracts. The deals are just reward for their efforts over the past 16 months," he said.

Peace added that he feels the atmosphere around The Hawthorns is as good as it's ever been, with the club well positioned for a return to the top flight.

Mark's a hugely different person to me and I think that chemistry works

Albion boss Tony Mowbray

"The relationship between the chairman and manager is the most important in any football club and we enjoy a good one. Tony's a pleasure to work with and his brand of football is a joy to watch," he added.

"Tony's one of the brightest managerial prospects around."

Mowbray is quick to highlight the importance, too, of the nature of his working relationship with Venus.

He told BBC WM: "Mark's a hugely different person to me and I think that chemistry works.

"I need somebody behind me who has that extra drive and zest that he's got and hopefully I bring a calming side to things at times. The balance is right and it works."

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