West Brom have looked useless for most of the Premier League campaign. Two bosses Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew have failed to bring the fans anything but frustration and upset.
However, it could be third time lucky in the shape of interim boss Darren Moore. The Baggies are still likely to suffer relegation this season, but the team has shown pride and passion in their last two top-flight games.
A shock 1-0 win at Manchester United last weekend was followed by a 2-2 draw at the Hawthorns against Liverpool on Saturday. The fact that the Midlands side managed to recover from a two-goal deficit late on showed that there is spirit in that side.
Too little too late for the Baggies
Although the Baggies are not yet mathematically relegated, a ridiculously unlikely Swansea win at Manchester City this afternoon could see the side from the Midlands drop back into the Championship.
It may not happen today, but relegation will happen this season at some point. Unfortunately, the galvanising effect Moore has had on the team has come too late to save them from the drop.
It was easy to see that the team was struggling under the stewardship of Pardew. The appointment of Moore was automatic, as it was too late in the season for the Baggies to make a permanent appointment.
Better than the same old stale bosses
One of my bugbears of late has been the same old managerial faces getting Premier League jobs in recent seasons. Why these clubs insist on recycling their managerial rubbish is anybody’s guess.
The likes of Sam Allardyce, Alan Pardew, David Moyes and Mark Hughes, uninspired bosses no longer have a place in the English Premier League. Hopefully, not many of them will be managing in the top-flight next season.
It is good to see fresh faces like Darren Moore coming through. His record of two draws and a win as Baggies boss is a decent one, especially as his team have played Manchester United and Liverpool.
Moore’s appointment seems to have had a majorly positive effect on the West Brom players. Previously the morale was on the floor. However, the former Jamaica international has lifted the players and suddenly they are playing with pride and passion, instead of the way they were playing under Pardew. Darren Moore also comes across as a likable sort of guy, which also helps with his popularity amongst the fans.
The second favourite to be next Baggies boss
It seems that Moore’s effect on the team has not gone unnoticed, as the 43-year-old is the second favourite to be the next permanent Baggies boss at 4/1, with only Brentford boss Dean Smith shorter odds to get the job on a full-time basis this summer.
The likes of Mick McCarthy, Lee Johnson, Derek McInnes and Tony Mowbray have also been linked with the vacant Baggies hot seat. There are certainly a number of bosses who would gladly take on the role and could probably be a success at the Hawthorns.
There was a horrible link with Sam Allardyce a few weeks ago. It was a horrible link for the Baggies fans, but a fantastic link for Everton fans who would queue up to drive the former England boss to the Hawthorns. I just hope that the Baggies hierarchy have more sense than to appoint the former West Ham boss.
Despite his lack of experience, Darren Moore just seems to have something about him that suggests he would be a successful boss. In a few weeks, he has reorganised and reinvigorated the Baggies seemingly stale squad.
If the Midlands outfit finishes the season in a positive manner, then he should definitely be considered as a potential contender for the job on a permanent basis. Appointing Moore as their permanent boss may be a gamble, but it could be a gamble worth taking.
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