Tony Mowbray believes West Brom will not find it any tougher than two years ago to regain their Barclays Premier League status at the first attempt.
Albion, who could have their relegation confirmed at the weekend, went down at the end of the 2006-2007 campaign from the top flight but responded by winning the Coca-Cola Championship at the first attempt and scored more than 100 goals in the process.
And Mowbray is confident Albion will not be faced with a tougher challenge next season, saying: "It is always very competitive but, is it a more difficult league than two years ago? I don't think so."
He added: "Is the Championship harder now than two years ago? I wouldn't suggest so and I have watched a fair bit of Championship football.
"I think it is very similar league with a lot of teams in the mix. Reading were the last team that ran away with the Championship with a huge number of points two years ago.
"I don't think there has been any 'outstanding' team that has ran away with this league and, yet, it is very competitive."
Mowbray already has it clear in his own mind what will be required for next season in terms of which type of players will be needed to strengthen the squad and those surplus to requirements.
He said: "I think I know everything about our players now. I don't think anyone needs to push for their cause or fight for their careers.
"I know pretty much everything about our footballers and will ultimately make decisions about them when the time is right.
"I don't think one great game now is going to make too much difference about whether we are keeping anyone or letting them go."
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