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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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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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Tottenham Hotspur

Salomon Rondon would be ideal back-up for Harry Kane and Tottenham

Josh Kerr



Salomon Rondon
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According to reports from the Daily Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in adding West Bromwich Albion‘s Salomon Rondon to their attacking ranks.

The recently relegated striker will be hoping to stay in the Premier League and Mauricio Pochettino can ensure that happens for the Venezuela international.

Harry Kane has been a revelation once again for the Lilywhites firing 30 league goals this season and was also nominated for the PFA Player of the Year award.

However, Pochettino has still not found a suitable back-up for the Englishman and is already looking for another replacement.

Fernando Llorente was signed from Swansea last season after Vincent Janssen failed to make an impact in north London.

However, the 33-year-old striker could not improve on his 15 goal tally for the Swans that kept them in the top flight a year ago.

The Spanish forward has one goal in 16 Premier League appearances for Spurs and it’s understandable that Pochettino already wants a replacement.

Rondon would not be a signing that should get fans excited by any means.

After all, he does not represent a world-class striker in the slightest and, similarly to Llorente, he has spent the majority of his Premier League career scrapping at the bottom end of the table.

Despite finishing rock bottom in the league this campaign, Rondon was one of those who emerged from the season with some credibility, scoring 10 goals in all competitions for the Baggies.

The Baggies forward is a striker who has often looked isolated and lacking options in a West Brom side that has struggled to get the best out of him.

In a flourishing Spurs team, his Premier League goal tally, of 24, could steadily improve.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Rondon has a relegation release clause in his contract that can see him leave the Midlands side for a reported fee of £16.5 million.

This may be off-putting for Spurs fans as the fee is not cheap considering the Venezuelan’s lack of firepower.

However, at 28, he is five years younger than Llorente and would only cost £2 million more than the fee they paid for the Spaniard, so it’s not the worst transfer when wanting more attacking options.

There’s no doubt that Llorente has struggled at Wembley this season and at 33, Levy may be tempted to move the former Juventus striker on and refresh his forward line.

A club of Spurs’ stature will always be linked with bigger names, but Rondon could still be a smart appointment for the Londoners.

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Stoke City

Three key areas for Gary Rowett to address at Stoke City over the summer

Martyn Cooke



On Tuesday evening Stoke City announced that Gary Rowett had been appointed as their new manager.

The 44-year-old replaces Paul Lambert, who departed the club following relegation from the Premier League, and now faces the task of building a team capable of making an immediate return to the top-flight.

Rowett led Derby County to the Championship play-offs this season, ultimately losing out to Fulham, and is regarded as one of the brightest, young British managers in the country. Stoke were previously linked with the former Burton Albion and Birmingham City manager in January and have reportedly paid around £2 million in compensation to secure his services.

However, whilst the Potters may possess a superior budget to many of their counterparts in the Championship an immediate return to the Premier League is certainly not guaranteed. The playing squad requires a dramatic overhaul during the summer and the second tier of English football is notoriously unpredictable and competitive.

Here, The Boot Room highlights three key areas that Rowett must address in order to revive Stoke’s fortunes.

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Convince big-name players to stay

When a club is relegated from the Premier League they normally undergo a rapid fire sale of their best players in order to reduce the wage bill and balance the books.

However, that is not necessarily the case with Stoke. The Potters are in a solid financial position and are funded by Peter Coates, owner of online betting company Bet365, who is a local entrepreneur and has the club’s best intentions at heart.

The first task for Rowett will be to try and convince some of Stoke’s star assets to remain at the Bet365 Stadium and lead a promotion challenge.

Whilst figures such as Xherdan Shaqiri and Jack Butland are almost certainly likely to depart the club during the summer, there are others that might be tempted to stay put.

Joe Allen and Moritz Bauer have already tentatively suggested that they might be willing to remain whilst Rowett should also focus on keeping hold of other key figures such as Ryan Shawcross, Bruno Martins Indi and Badou Ndiaye.

Stoke will be more capable of building a squad capable of challenging for promotion if Rowett can convince some of the key figures in the squad to stay.

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Get things right in the transfer market

One key factor in Stoke’s downfall over the previous two years has been the club’s horrendous transfer policy.

It is amazing to think that the Potters have spent £12 million on Saido Berahino, who has yet to score a goal for the club, £18 million on Kevin Wimmer, who was demoted to the under-23 squad for much of the season, and a further £18.3  million on Giannelli Imbula, who spent the year on loan in France.

Quite simply, Rowett cannot afford to make similar, costly mistakes as he overhauls the team during the summer.

The club need to move away from so-called ‘big name’ players who have little affection for the club, such as Jese Rodriguez, and ageing stalwarts that are entering the twilight of their careers, such as Darren Fletcher. Stoke need to build a young, hungry and dynamic team that are motivated, driven and still have everything to prove.

However, that is certainly easier said than done.

Rowett will be handed a significant transfer budget, which will be further increased by players sales, to build a team capable of securing promotion and he needs to ensure that the money is spent much more wisely than it has been in the recent past.

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Re-discover Stoke’s identity

Over the previous two years Stoke have gradually lost their idiosyncratic identity – much to the detriment of the club. The Potters have always been at their best when they have a clear identity, philosophy and direction.

Under Tony Pulis, Stoke were characterised as a hard working, well organised team that employed a direct style of football that relied on transferring the ball into the opponents eighteen yard box as often as possible. It was not to everyone’s taste, but it was effective and supporters knew exactly what they were going to get.

Mark Hughes altered that identity and built a team that was characterised by foreign flair, technical brilliance and a possession-based style of play. Three consecutive top half finishes followed and the media referred to the club as ‘Stoke-a-lona’ in reference to the team’s new style of play.

It was when Hughes began to move away from that definitive identity that the Potters lost all sense of direction.

It is vital that Rowett implements his own footballing philosophy and creates a clear, definitive identity that the Stoke supporters can unite behind. The philosophies of Pulis and Hughes probably sit at extreme, contrasting ends of the spectrum and the 44-year-old may be aiming to find the middle ground that balances hard work, discipline and creativity.

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Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham fans react to latest Mousa Dembele contract setback

Josh Kerr



Mousa Dembele
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According to the Evening Standard, Mousa Dembele’s agent claims the Belgian international will not sign a new contract with Tottenham Hotspur before the summer World Cup.

The 30-year-old is set to enter the final year of his Spurs contract, which expires on June 30 next year, and the club’s supporters are understandably growing impatient.

According to earlier reports by the MirrorMauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Dembele was one of the names shortlisted and has been a revelation in his six seasons at the club.

However, despite another successful season in north London, the former Fulham midfielder is likely to put an end to his love affair with the Lilywhites.

Dembele’s current deal expires in 12 months and, after starting just 21 of 38 League games, he may be considering other options for the final years of his career.

Spurs fans reacted to his agent’s comments, with the majority urging Pochettino to offload the powerhouse midfielder this summer and find a suitable replacement for the Belgium superstar.

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