Former City boss joins West Brom

PUBLISHED: 11:26 08 July 2008 | UPDATED: 15:38 10 September 2010

Former Norwich City manager Peter Grant has joined West Brom as first-team coach. Grant who has held his UEFA Pro License for four years is a former team-mate of Baggies manager Tony Mowbray from their Celtic playing days.

Ex-Canaries boss Peter Grant is back in football - with Premier League new boys West Bromwich Albion.

Grant has been appointed as the Baggies first-team coach - nine months after parting company with Norwich.

“I'm delighted we've been able to bring Peter on board,” said West Brom boss Tony Mowbray.

“Peter's got great enthusiasm for the game and he's got the experience of working in the Premier League at West Ham when they were very, very successful.

“We need to draw on that experience and I'm looking forward to working with him.

“I'm sure the players will enjoy working with him as the season goes on because of the enthusiasm he has for the game.

“I like working with football people who are passionate about the game and have an opinion. Peter's definitely like that and I'm looking forward to debating teams, dissecting games and preparing for football matches with him.”

Grant, 42, found success as assistant manager to Alan Pardew at West Ham, with promotion and an FA Cup final appearance on his CV, but found being a manager in his own right a more difficult proposition and, after a year in charge at Carrow Road and with City struggling near the bottom of the league, admitted defeat.

The Scot has held his Uefa Pro Licence for four years and since leaving Norwich has been working as a coaching assessor.

A former team-mate of Mowbray's at Celtic, Grant replaces Craig Shakespeare, who has joined Leicester as assistant manager.

“I played with him at Celtic for four years and he always gave 100pc every time he played and trained,” added Mowbray, who had invited Grant to help with coaching at The Hawthorns soon after his Norwich venture ended.

“I'm sure that transmits to his coaching as well.

“He's a very committed person and hopefully he'll enhance everything we're doing here.”

Mowbray added: “You'd be amazed at the amount of good football people out of work.

“I did have one or two conversations with other people, but Peter's enthusiasm and his Premier League experience was pretty crucial when it came to making a final decision.”

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