Moore was expected to see out Albion’s disappointing season before returning to his role as assistant manager. However, 11 points from six games thrust his name amongst the candidates. Talks with the board following his final game against Crystal Palace ran smoothly and Moore is now officially in the hot seat.
West Brom were believed to be looking at a number of candidates including Brentford’s Dean Smith. But stunning results such as wins against Manchester United and Tottenham held weight, along with glowing references from players; a number of whom are believed to have hinted that they are more likely to stay if Moore is head coach.
Moore will be thrown in at the deep end at West Brom as he will now be expected to build a team that will bounce straight back to the Premier League. No stranger to promotion, Moore helped West Brom to two during his playing days. If he can replicate his playing career in his new role, West Brom will be back very soon.
West Brom appoint Darren Moore despite his lack of experience, especially in the transfer market. And with a host of changes expected over the summer, it is imperative that Moore gets to grips quickly.
“I am obviously extremely proud to accept this role and also extremely excited,” Moore told the club website.
”We have a big summer ahead of us, a lot of hard work we need to get in now. I’m going all out to try to get these plans and personnel in place to make sure we’ve got everything ready.
”And we need to because this is a tough league packed with great clubs. But what an opportunity for us to move the club in the right direction.”
Having been a coach at the club for several years as well as a successful West Brom playing career, Darren Moore knows the DNA of the club better than anyone and will hope to use that knowledge to his advantage. In fact, Moore’s ties with the club are very well known.
Chief Executive Mark Jenkins said Moore “embodies the spirit of the club and the spirit of what we are striving to achieve in this new chapter ahead.”
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