Roy ready for summer spending

The Baggies head coach had inspired a revival in fortunes since his

arrival in January with 13 points from eight games taking them to

the 40-point mark. But Hodgson is aware the squad at his disposal

needs strengthening if Albion are to avoid being involved in

another relegation battle next year. The former Liverpool boss

said: “I think we need to make some improvements to the squad if we

do stay up. “We need to be looking very carefully at how we are

going to improve this squad. “We are running on a reasonably small

squad of players. We are asking an awful lot of inexperienced

players who are getting better all the time. “But if we want to

have a good Premier League campaign next season, it is very

important we sign several players in the summer that will really

help us. “It will also take some of the burden away from the

Youssuf Mulumbus and Peter Odemwingies who, you must remember, are

in their first season in the Premier League.” Hodgson is taking

nothing for granted in terms of West Brom being safe this time. He

said: “We still need one or two points but if we do survive then it

will be an achievement for this club.”