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West Brom should appoint Darren Moore on a permanent basis

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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.

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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