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Football: Master to face pupil at reunion.

TONY Mowbray will take on one of his main managerial mentors when Albion play Southampton this weekend.

The Saints are managed by George Burley, who handed Mowbray his first coaching job during his spell at Ipswich Town.

The two men lock horns on Saturday, with Mowbray having nothing but admiration for Burley, although the two have gone head-to-head before when they were at Hibs and Hearts respectively.

"I had this in Scotland - it was portrayed as the master and the pupil when we were both in the same city," said Mowbray.

"His record (with Ipswich) speaks for itself, finishing fifth in the Premier League after four successive play-off campaigns.

"George was integral to giving me an opportunity to get on the coaching ladder, which I'm forever grateful for, and I'll look forward to the game."

Mowbray is predicting an open game, far removed from the usual 'blood and thunder' normally associated with the Championship.

Both Mowbray and Burley seem to have embraced the footballing principles which dominated their playing careers.

Burley carved out a successful playing career under Bobby Robson at Ipswich, while Mowbray was influenced by his spell at Celtic and, later, at Portman Road.

"His team will play football, pass the ball and try and play in the right manner," said Mowbray.

"The way George was brought up at Ipswich Town all those years ago, he's now taken to Southampton

"I doubt Saturday's game will be stereotypical of blood and thunder and guts.

"It should be decent with both sides passing and trying to score goals, so it should be one that our supporters enjoy."
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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Feb 8, 2007
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