Bryan Robson believes that Ronnie Wallwork is back to the form that enabled the midfield player to win a host of personal honours last season.
Robson left the 28-year-old out of his Barclays Premiership squads to face Bolton Wanderers and Newcastle United last month.
But Robson says that the break has rejuvenated Wallwork and that the stunning 4-0 victory over Everton last Saturday showed that he is forging a promising central-midfield partnership with Junichi Inamoto.
Robson said: "The team wasn't playing particularly well at the start of the season and we were having lapses of concentration which were costing us games. "I think Ronnie lost his confidence a little bit and some fans were starting to get on his back. That's why I left Ron out for a couple of games. I think that rest and him looking in from the sidelines has seen him come back playing like he was at the end of last season. Ronnie is right back on good form now."
Jeremy Peace has hailed the progress the club has made in recent years after announcing Albion's financial results for the period ending June 30, 2005.
The chairman believes the future is looking bright at The Hawthorns with work forging ahead on and off the pitch.
He said: "If you took where we are now at the end of the season I would be quite happy with that because we'd have stayed up again and would be a place higher than we were last year.
"We've always said it is a question of building the club over a series of seasons. And what we're trying to do each season is improve the playing squad and the infrastructure.
"This year the training ground is being improved and the indoor facility is being built with the club's Centre of Excellence moving to Academy status. That's great but, by the same token, we have also invested heavily in the first-team squad. It's about trying to push ahead on all fronts with the main aim to stay in the Premiership. While we are in the Premiership, if we can continue to do good things off the pitch, that's great for the club.
"I'm very encouraged at where we are right now. I think we have progressed a lot in the last three-andahalf years."
Meanwhile, Vodafone will end their £36 million shirt sponsorship deal with Wallwork's former club Manchester United two years early - but the mobile phone giants say that the decision has nothing to do with the company being targeted by anti-Glazer protesters.
United will have to find a new sponsor for next season but are bullish that they can negotiate an even better deal than the Vodafone agreement which began in 2004 and was worth £9 million a year to the club.
Vodafone simultaneously announced yesterday that they were becoming partners of Uefa's Champions' League competition and say that influenced the decision on United rather than anything related to the Glazer family's takeover of the club.
In July, the campaign group Shareholders United held a demonstration outside Vodafone's headquarters and called for a boycott of their products.
However, a Vodafone spokeswoman said: "It is our decision to change the shirt sponsorship part of the agreement but we still want to continue our relationship with Manchester United and we are talking about how we do so."