Jonathan Greening hopes West Bromwich Albion will stick by Tony Mowbray despite the club’s ailing survival campaign.
The Baggies are eight points adrift of safety with just seven games to play following a desperate run of form.
Club captain Greening feels Mowbray deserves the chance to bring the club back up if the worst comes to the worst. And he has appealed to Albion’s board to keep faith with the manager, who led the club to the Championship title last season but has struggled this term.
“Personally I really enjoy playing for him and believe in how he plays and the way he likes to play,” said Greening.
“Training is always good. The fans really like him as well and I think he is trying to build a good team for the future and he thinks the right way of doing it is by playing this way really.
“If you look at some of the best teams, we like to try and play the way they do. I am not saying we are as good as them. They have world class players.
“The gaffer has been fine, always bright and bubbly around the training ground, singing his Frank Sinatra songs. He has been great.
“He is always upbeat and just wants us to do well.
“I am sure the chairman knows how good he is and hopefully he will back him all the way.”
Mowbray’s men travel to Portsmouth tomorrow hoping to salvage some pride, if not some much-needed hope. Youssouf Mulumbu will travel following his recent injury problems, although he may not be quite match-fit.
The Albion manager hopes to see more of the Congo international and fellow January arrival Juan-Carlos Menseguez, who has barely figured since his move from San Lorenzo in Argentina.
“We never have a clean bill of health,” said Mowbray. We have a few worries but they should be fit.
“Mulumbu played for the reserves on Monday and he will travel but I spoke to him and he doesn’t feel he’s ready for 90 minutes yet.
“Mulumbu and Menseguez will sometime need to go out on the pitch because we’ll never know whether they can do it or not.”