Sparkes ignites Mowbray row

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Scottish agent Raymond Sparkes believes West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace and Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell are involved in a "blinking contest" over the future of Tony Mowbray.

Lawwell has targeted the Baggies boss to take over from Gordon Strachan but Peace is adamant that Celtic will have to meet their £2million compensation figure before they can officially talk to Mowbray, the figure would rise if Mowbray decided to take assistant Mark Venus and first-team coach Peter Grant with him to Parkhead.

Sparkes, who represents Grant, told Sky Sports News: "I think there is a blinking contest going on and I think it's a question of who blinks first loses."

He added: "But I don't know if Tony is on his way because as I say, everyone is stuck in a jam right now.

"And whilst I can't speak for Tony, I think his view of things is that right now he is an employee of West Bromwich Albion.

"That's how Peter sees himself and until someone tells him different, that's the way it has to remain."

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