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Football: HORS IS MISSING LINK FOR ROBSON.

Byline: GRAHAM HILL

BRYAN Robson insisted this week that he had no regrets about getting rid of Rob Earn-shaw in the January transfer window.

Albion's top scorer last season when Robson's men pulled off the Great Escape, Earnshaw is now to be found at Norwich.

And with Baggies battling against the drop all season, Robson is strong enough to admit that he could not have "big-time Charlies" like Earnshaw or Jason Koumas, who is on loan at Cardiff, potentially disrupting his plans.

But I wonder if Robson regrets losing Geoff Horsfield who is now kicking his heels at Sheffield United when he could be adding extra strike power to an Albion side who have not scored enough goals this season.

Far be it from this column to say "we told you so" but a couple of months ago we did suggest that Albion might live to regret losing Horsfield and Earnshaw at a time when Robson said he did not want to let any strikers go.

Since then, Albion have moved ever closer to the relegation trapdoor and Robson admits that the decision to let Horsfield go was taken out of his hands.

Not only that, but Robson is also gradually letting his frustrations be known publicly.

Robson is clearly unhappy that, after selling Earnshaw for pounds 3.5 million and seeing a number of other players taken off the wage bill, he was not allowed to sign Ugo Ehiogu from Middlesbrough.

The Albion manager was blocked from getting him to The Hawthorns because the player had 18 months left on his Boro deal and that would have meant more expense for the Baggies board.

In the end, Robson was left with little to show from the January window.

Robson has had little luck over the last few months. Refereeing decisions have not gone his way and he's right, the rub of the green does go against you when you're down at the bottom.

But if Albion are in the Championship next season and Robson is forced to sell Curtis Davies after he said he was not for sale, then that could be the straw that breaks the camel's back for the Albion boss.

Never mind Glenn Hoddle, what price Robson walking away from The Hawthorns this summer?
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 23, 2006
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