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YOU'LL PAY FOR THIS; Baggies want pounds 2m to let Mogga leave: Chairman threatens to freeze him out game: MOGGA.


RAGING West Brom will play hardball with Celtic in their bid to land Tony Mowbray as boss.

The Baggies board are blazing that the Hoops have targeted Mowbray as their preferred option without making an official approach.

Now they will demand more than pounds 2million in compensation for the former Parkhead favourite and backroom boys Mark Venus and

Peter Grant. And one director told MailSport their tough-talking chairman Jeremy Peace (right) would not hesitate to freeze Mogga out of the game rather than lose him for peanuts.

The 45-year-old former Hibs boss, who has two years left on his Hawthorns deal, has been sounded out by Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell. And despite having the same initial reservations as first choice Owen Coyle about leaving a burgeoning career down south for a move back to Scotland, he has been tempted by a return to the club he played 78 times for.

However, the final hurdle could be set a lot higher than Celtic are prepared to jump. Peace is currently jetting back from holiday in Barbados but has still not been formally contacted by Lawwell.

Yesterday a West Brom spokesman said: "We can only repeat we have had no official approach from Celtic." But one director, who refused to be named, told MailSport: "Celtic seem to think this is a fait accompli simply because they've decided they want Tony - it's anything but.

"He has two years left on his deal and we'll want appropriate compensation. And that doesn't mean pounds 1m. I'd be expecting at least double that.

"If they don't agree and expect our manager to just resign then hope to cut a deal, they're mistaken as well. "Knowing our chairman he wouldn't hesitate to put Tony on gardening leave and let him sit, like Crystal Palace did with Steve Bruce a few years ago."

That dispute lasted more than a month with an injunction stopping Bruce joining Birmingham until compensation had been sorted. Celtic would be unlikely to wait that long with Champions League qualifiers only seven weeks away.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 7, 2009
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