West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray is getting some good advice when it comes to preparing his side for next season in the top flight - from none other than England coach Fabio Capello.
The Baggies boss was at the official England team hotel, the luxurious five-star Grove near Watford, as a guest of the Italian supremo yesterday as part of his studies towards his Uefa Professional Coaches' Licence.
Mowbray has been shadowing Capello for the last few days as part of his work towards the qualification and revealed he was delighted to learn a trick or two from the international coach who has managed at the highest level.
The Albion boss was with a small party of managers and coaches including Torquay United boss Ian Atkins, who played for Birmingham City in the late 1980s, and ex-Burnley and Cheltenham Town boss Steve Cotterill.
The party have been spending time with Capello and his squad of 30 ahead of England's internationals with the USA tomorrow and Trinidad on Sunday.
Mowbray said: "We spent a fascinating time at the Arsenal training ground at Colney watching Capello put his England players through their paces and learning a thing or two.
"It was then back to the team hotel for lunch and the chance to have a little question and answer session with the new England boss. It was a great opportunity and I hope to pick up a lot from him . After all he has achieved so much as a manager at a high level."
Mowbray said he was delighted to be one of the small band aiming to secure the top coaching qualification on offer to managers in the game.
He confessed he had not yet had time for a summer break having concentrated instead on preparing West Brom's squad for the new season.
He said: "Since the season ended I have been very busy watching a couple of games and looking at a few players.
"I said I wanted to get in there early and have a look at building my squad and that is what I have been doing.
"It is time for a break now, however, with the family and then all the hard work begins again upon my return."