West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray says football agents have not stopped calling him since his side secured the Coca-Cola Championship last Sunday.

The 44-year-old has hinted that big changes to the Baggies' squad are highly likely ahead of next season's return to the Premier League, although he has promised that those who helped the club to achieve promotion that they will have a fair chance to prove themselves.

Mowbray said: "Agents are only doing their jobs. They target certain clubs for certain players. You would be a fool to ignore them. You have to listen to the names and, hopefully, the one you were waiting to hear might be among those they give you. It has been busier since last Sunday than at any other stage of the season.

"The games consume all of your time during the season but we didn't leave the office until 8pm on Tuesday. Have I relaxed yet? No. Things are pretty intense at the moment but hopefully they will calm down a little bit in a week or so.

"I don't mind doing all of the work on player recruitment, but there are a lot of other things going on that I've got to deal with first. Then, hopefully the summer will take on some sort of common thread and I'll know what I am doing most days. At the moment, I'm just clearing the backlog of everything that needed clearing from the end of the season so it's been busier, not quieter."

It was roughly 12 months ago when Mowbray's shrewdness in the transfer market was first highlighted. Players like Roman Bednar and Leon Barnett, who have both impressed in their first season, were targeted while big money for bigger-name players was recouped.

Much of Albion's hopes for making a positive impression in the Premier League will depend on the manager being as successful this time around. Uncovering another gem like Robert Koren, Mowbray's first signing in January last year, would be ideal. The midfielder believes that one of the biggest bonuses of joining Albion is the manager himself.

"He has shown how good he is," said the Slovenian. "We are lucky that we have that kind of manager who can stamp his own style on a team. It's a good, enjoyable style of football as we pass the ball around, score goals and it has got us points.

"Sometimes, he gets angry and shows his temperament but he does it to our face. Outside, on the field, people think he's calm but, in the dressing room, sometimes he does show that he has a temperament. That's fine by us because it gets us results and he's in charge.

"He knows exactly when the players need to rest and when they need to play. I can say only good things. He has given us the confidence to play without any fear. He's a fantastic personality, too. He's very honest. If you are good, then he tells you; if you are bad, then he tells you. He has no favourites and it doesn't matter if you are a new player or have been here for many years, he treats everyone the same."

Albion have confirmed two more pre-season friendlies, both against League One opposition. The Baggies will travel to Cheltenham on July 23 (7.45pm) and will also play Walsall on August 5 (7.45pm). The first confirmed pre-season friendly is at Shrewsbury Town on July 22 (kick-off 7.45pm).