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FOOTBALL: Batson is over Baggies.

Byline: IAN CLARKSON

BRENDON Batson admits the pain he felt at being dumped by West Bromwich Albion is now well and truly behind him after bouncing back into football.

The 50-year-old Baggies legend has been offered a trouble-shooting role by the FA five months after Jeremy Peace gave him his cards at The Hawthorns as part of an economy drive following Albion's relegation to Division One.

Batson still had two years to run on his contract at the time and was left in limbo after the decision, but insists that it is now time to move on.

'I was very disappointed with the way things finished at West Brom,' he revealed. 'I was only there for one year and I expected it to be three, but it is done and dusted now and well behind me. It is time to look to the future.'

The future for Batson is to oversee a review of the FA's disciplinary regulations and procedures after his appointment by chief executive Mark Palios.

However, it is a radical change for Batson, who was in a high-profile role within the PFA -an organisation that often locked horns with the FA. But he denies there is any irony in his appointment. 'I had to deal with plenty of discipline issues when I was working for the PFA -it just means that I'm coming from a slightly different angle,' he said. 'It isn't a permanent role.'
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Nov 16, 2003
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