Mowbray in hot seat at Albion as Grant takes Norwich job

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West Bromwich Albion have appointed Tony Mowbray as their new manager. Mowbray has joined from Hibernian but will not take up his post at The Hawthorns until Wednesday. Another Championship side, Norwich City, are set to name West Ham's No 2, Peter Grant, who is also a Scot, as their new manager.

Albion's caretaker manager, Nigel Pearson, will remain in charge of their first team for the Championship matches at Ipswich today and Crystal Palace on Tuesday night.

The 42-year-old Mowbray leaves Hibs to succeed Bryan Robson, who left the post by mutual consent in September. Though Mowbray will not start his new job until Wednesday, he will attend the Baggies' games against Ipswich and Palace. West Bromwich, who were relegated from the Premiership last season under Robson, are now seventh in the Championship table.

Mowbray took over at Hibernian in 2004 after a spell on the coaching staff at Ipswich. He rejected the chance to return to Portman Road as manager earlier this year and in September signed a new 12-month rolling contract at the club.

Norwich's decision to appoint Grant as manager may be somewhat surprising, but the 41-year-old former Celtic midfielder has been successful as first-team coach at West Ham and the Scottish international is well known to the Canaries, having played 75 times for them between 1997 and 1999.

Grant will watch Norwich's Championship game at Queen's Park Rangers today from the stands, leaving the caretaker manager, Martin Hunter, in charge. He will be officially named on Monday once compen-sation is agreed and replaces Nigel Worthington, who was sacked by Norwich at the start of the month.

Grant told the club's official website: "I can't wait to get started - I'm raring to go and looking forward to getting stuck into the challenge of getting the club back up the table and challenging for promotion.

"Norwich were the first club to bring me to England as a player and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Carrow Road. It's the fantastic people around the place as well as the massive potential of the club that's combined to tempt me away from the Premiership."

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