No rush for Burton replacement

Brunt praised after returning from broken foot

Roy Hodgson: The West Brom boss has seen Terry Burton rejoin Dave Jones at Sheffield Wednesday

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West Brom boss Roy Hodgson is unlikely to find an immediate replacement for coach Terry Burton, according to assistant manager Keith Downing.

Burton has been reunited with new Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones after only signing a short-term contract at The Hawthorns.

Hodgson will rely on Downing and goalkeeping coach Dean Kiely as his backroom team for the time being.

Downing said: "We're disappointed Terry has gone, because the relationship we had with him was very good.

"He was always to be here on a temporary contract due to the situation with Dave Jones obviously looking to get back into work.


"We've discussed it and we will carry on as we did when Michael Appleton left (to become Portsmouth manager) a few months earlier. We will carry on with myself, Dean and the gaffer."

Meanwhile, Downing has praised the influence of fit-again captain Chris Brunt after the midfielder made his comeback as a substitute during Saturday's 1-0 win over Chelsea following two months out with a broken foot.

Downing said: "Chris drives the group and he has certainly got strong opinions about the game.

"Although he's not particularly loud on the pitch, his presence on the field, how he goes about it and plays, is very good.

"His influence and quality on the pitch means he leads in different ways. It is a huge boost for us having Chris back.

"He's come back ahead of schedule and is a very important player for us."