Mowbray linked with vacant Celtic post

Last updated : 26 May 2009 By Iain Bate - Wba-mad Editor

Albion boss Tony Mowbray has been installed as the bookies’ favourite to take over from Gordon Strachan after he walked away from Park Head yesterday.  The Baggies boss spent four seasons as a player at Celtic and is set to be top of their wish-list despite Albion’s relegation this term.

Mowbray cancelled his weekly press conference this morning amidst rumours he is set to leave The Hawthorns with Albion in line to receive a compensation package of around £1 million pound should the former Hibs boss decide to leave.

In the past the former Middlesbrough, Celtic and Ipswich player has stated his long-term vision for the club; however his relationship has reportedly strained in recent weeks with the hierarchy after Jeremy Peace revealed his intensions of squad reduction for next term.

Despite reported rifts the club today issued a hands off warning to the Scottish giants.

“Tony Mowbray is under contract for the next two years and we fully expect him to be our manager next season,” the official statement read.

"Further than that, the club feels there is no need to comment on speculation."