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West Brom should appoint Darren Moore on a permanent basis

The 44-year-old has seen an instant reaction at West Brom since taking the reigns.

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Darren Moore
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You could probably count on one hand the amount of Premier League caretaker managers that get appointed on a permanent basis by Premier League clubs.

Alan Shearer, Eric Black, Terry Connor and Steve Agnew are amongst the names that perhaps rightly didn’t get a crack at full-time management, but there are names out there that have unfairly missed out.

Darren Moore at West Brom is one of the names that could fall into the latter category by the end of the season – he is currently contracted until then with no word yet about his future beyond that.

It is early days in Moore’s reign at the Baggies but they have looked impressive in his five games in charge.

The club requires a miracle to be safe from relegation this season, having to win their final two games and needing other results to go their way.

However, they have already won at Old Trafford, come back from 2-0 down at home to Liverpool to draw, picked up a big three points away at Newcastle, and grabbed a last minute winner at Wembley against Tottenham.

The Newcastle match was the biggest indicator of how far Moore and West Brom have come in a short space of time, with players fighting for each other and Ben Foster imperious in the Baggies’ goal to keep his second clean sheet of Moore’s tenure.

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Players like Foster and James McClean have spoken about the influence of Moore both in the dressing room and out on the pitch, with McClean saying the players “knew what they were doing” against Manchester United and that they are all “pulling in the right direction”.

Perhaps that is an indicator of how disastrous Alan Pardew’s spell at the club was, but there is no doubt that West Brom are back playing at a solid level again following the ex-Newcastle and Palace man’s departure.

Of course, Moore would be a risky appointment, with no previous managerial experience, but before this spell as caretaker manager, he was first-team coach, as well as making over 100 appearances for Albion during his playing career, so knows the club inside and out.

But when you look at the recent records of Premier League clubs who have appointed more experienced managers post-relegation, it does not make for good reading.

This season, Middlesbrough sacked Garry Monk in December whilst Leonid Slutsky and Simon Grayson had both departed Hull and Sunderland by the end of November.

Last season, Roberto Di Matteo has his Aston Villa contract terminated after a 2-0 defeat at Preston in October.

Those that have held onto their managers post-relegation have generally had more success, with Rafael Benítez guiding Newcastle to the title last season.

Whereas Benítez most likely could have got any side firing in the second tier, there is some merit to the argument that being given time to assess the squad towards the back end of a relegation season before rebuilding is a good way to succeed.

Newcastle is probably the best example of an inexperienced coach taking a club back to the top flight, with Chris Hughton achieving that feat in 2010, in what was his first job in management.

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He then went on to achieve relative success at Birmingham, guiding them into the play-offs in his only season in charge in 2011, before taking Brighton up to the Premier League six years later.

With Moore seemingly the only person that can motivate West Brom’s players, it seems a sensible decision to give him the job on a permanent basis to guide them back to the Premier League if the inevitable relegation is confirmed.

Another reason to potentially appoint Moore is the off-field turmoil that circles West Brom at the moment.

You would struggle to find any positives from Pardew’s reign, with the taxi debacle in Spain what it will be best remembered for.

Chairman John Williams was removed from his role in March, with technical director Nicky Hammond resigning shortly after.

There have been some poor transfer dealings, for instance the signing of relatively unknown Chinese striker Zhang Yuning, who has failed to make any impression on loan at Werder Bremen – they reportedly want to cut his two-year loan deal short – and having only scored twice at previous club Vitesse Arnhem.

Appointing Moore would maintain stability and ensure that a connection between the playing staff and the fans is created, something that may be crucial as West Brom look to bounce back to the top flight at the first time of asking.

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Everton round-up: Lookman battle, Veloso wanted and Richarlison disappointment

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Everton.

Mathew Nash



Lookman fight

Everton are still fighting to keep hold of Ademola Lookman this month. Ot has been reported that a new big money bid has been made for the England youngster from German side RB Leipzig.

The Toffees talent thrived on loan in the Bundesliga last season and is therefore on the radar again.

However, according to The Times, Everton remain determined to keep him.

Marco Silva sees him as a hot prospect and is also aware that Yannick Bolasie is likely to leave before the end of the month.

BERGAMO, ITALY – APRIL 29: (L-R) Miguel Veloso of Genua, Bryan Cristante of Atalanta during the Italian Serie A match between Atalanta Bergamo v Genoa at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d Italia on April 29, 2018 in Bergamo Italy (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Veloso wanted

Everton are reportedly looking at the potential signature of Miguel Veloso. The Portugal international is a free agent having left Genoa this summer.

According to TEAMtalk, the Toffees are said to be interested in signing him, along with Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 56-cap midfielder would add excellent strength in depth to the midfield at Goodison Park.

Richarlison disappointment

Richarlison has admitted he is disappointed not to have received a call-up to the latest Brazil squad.

The Everton newbie has enjoyed a fantastic start to life at Goodison Park and was being tipped to receive a call-up.

However, the 23-year-old has been left out of Tite’s squad for upcoming games with the USA and El Salvador.

Richarlison admitted to UOL Esporte that he was looking forward to a call-up and was disappointed it never came.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Is Erik Lamela about to have his best season yet as a Tottenham player?

The Argentine made a real impact against Fulham.



Erik Lamela
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Erik Lamela impressed as Tottenham recorded a 2-1 victory over London rivals Fulham on Saturday.

The Argentine international hasn’t quite lived up to the reputation that accompanied his £25.7 million price when he moved from Roma in August 2013.

While he has threatened to show his true potential at times, he has never been able to achieve the level of consistency that warrants a regular starting spot for Spurs.

Nonetheless, fans were treated to the Argentine at his very best when he broke from his own half, dribbling past the entire Fulham midfield, before laying off the ball to Harry Kane for his goal at the weekend.

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He complemented this moment with a confident cameo display from the bench, in which he threatened the opponents’ goal on two occasions, while fulfilling his role defensively, breaking up several Fulham counter-attacks.

Despite not getting as many minutes as he would have liked, Lamela was hugely influential in turning the course of the tie for the Lilywhites, and this could see him rewarded with his first start of the campaign in the not too distant future.

Having a fit and firing Erik Lamela gives Pochettino another excellent option for rotation in attack. After his cameo at Wembley, there is a feeling that the 26-year-old is well prepared for his best season as a Tottenham player.

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Stoke City

Kevin Wimmer scores on Hannover debut as he puts Stoke nightmare behind him

The Austrian defender had an awful time at Stoke City last season.

Mathew Nash



When Stoke City signed Kevin Wimmer last summer it looked like something of a coup from the Potters. The Austrian had impressed at Tottenham during his time at White Hart Lane. Unfortunately, game time became hard to come by due to the excellence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen at the back for Spurs.

Wimmer was therefore sold to Stoke last summer for a fee in the region of £18 million. Mark Hughes was ecstatic with the signing but his form did not justify his exaggerated price-tag.

Wimmer struggled under Hughes and things got even worse when the Welshman left. Replaced by Paul Lambert, the new manager swiftly moved wimmer into the reserves. Told to lose weight he played no part in Stoke’s failed attempt to survive relegation from the Premier League.

LONDON, ENGLAND – DECEMBER 30: Kevin Wimmer of Stoke City looks dejected following the Premier League match between Chelsea and Stoke City at Stamford Bridge on December 30, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill Ltd/Getty Images)

This summer, with Stoke relegated, Wimmer was moved on. He joined Hannover in a season-long loan deal back in May.

At the weekend he began his first steps in forgetting his Stoke City nightmare. The Austrian played his first game for his new club in the DFB Pokal against Karlsruher. Not only did he play, but he also managed to score. It was his first goal since scoring v Liverpool in the League Cup back in 2016 whilst at Spurs.

He scored the opening goal of a convincing 6-0 win, powering home a close-range header.

Wimmer will long be remembered as one of Stoke’s biggest ever flops. But it seems he is certainly enjoying himself back in Germany.

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