Thursday, August 22, 2019

Darren Moore appointment is a breath of fresh air

David Nugent in Editorial, English Championship 21 May 2018

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The Premier League managerial merry go round of the likes of Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce and David Moyes in recent years has sickened me. Pardew suffered relegation with West Brom, while the likes of Allardyce and Moyes guided expensive squads of players to safety.

These short-term appointments have dumbed down the standard of football in the Premier League, as Allardyce or Moyes are not exactly known for their teams playing football that is easy on the eye.

No doubt that merry go round will continue this summer or in the new season. Allardyce and Moyes will likely land other big money contracts elsewhere. Hopefully, we have seen the last of the smarmy Pardew in the English top-flight, though.

Deserves the chance on a full-time basis

When Pardew left West Brom, the Baggies were all-but relegated. However, caretaker boss Darren Moore came in and nearly performed the greatest of great escapes. They defeated both Tottenham and Manchester United, while also drawing with Liverpool at the Hawthorns. If only the Baggies board had fired Pardew a few games earlier.

The players once again looked like they wanted to fight for the shirt and the club. Under Pardew, they looked like they had just downed tools completely. Moore instilled a sense of pride and fight once again.

On Friday, Moore was appointed as the permanent Baggies boss. No doubt some will see this as a risky appointment, with the main reason being the former Jamaica centre-back has little managerial experience. Those doubting his appointment should refer back to the experience that Pardew brought to the team, and then maybe Moore’s relative lack of experience does not look like too much of an obstacle.

During his short time in charge of the Baggies last season, Moore suffered just one defeat. His passion and his effect on the players were there for all to see. He seemed to bring an unbridled enthusiasm to the job as well. The players bought into what he was trying to do with the team. If that is any indication of how things will go in his permanent spell, then the Baggies will be fine and the team are in safe hands.

Moore is young and he is inexperienced when it comes to the management game. However, every top boss has to start somewhere and the Hawthorns is not a terrible place to begin his managerial career.

The 44-year-old has quite rightly stated that the Championship is a league he knows well from his playing days. His knowledge could prove invaluable for the Baggies. Moore also knows the club inside and out, which also helps a new boss in a job.

Life is tough in the Championship

Darren Moore has already stated that he believes that life in the Championship will be gruelling next season. The English second tier is noted for its toughness and relegated teams very rarely find it easy to challenge for promotion in their first campaign in the league.

There is likely to be a mass exodus of playing staff this summer, as the current squad is ageing and needs refreshing after years of decline. Relegation is never a good thing, but it will give the club a chance to get rid of some of their underperforming players on big wages.

Nobody knows whether Darren Moore is the man to take West Brom forward in the near future. The signs are promising, though. It is good to see a fresh face and not one of the old also-rans at a club like West Brom.

From what I have read and seen West Brom fans seem happy with ‘Big Dave’s’ appointment. He comes across as a good guy, so hopefully, he can lead the Baggies back to the Premier League next season.

Will Darren Moore be a success at West Brom?


David Nugent

David is a freelance football writer with nearly a decade of experience writing about the beautiful game. The experienced writer has written for over a dozen websites and also an international soccer magazine offline.
Arguably his best work has come as an editorial writer for Soccernews, sharing his good, bad and ugly opinions on the world’s favourite sport. During David’s writing career he has written editorials, betting previews, match previews, banter, news and opinion pieces.



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