West Bromwich Albion: Darren Moore deserves the manager’s job

Darren Moore has worked miracles at the Hawthorns since replacing Alan Pardew. The only fitting reward is a permanent position.

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On the 2nd April 2018, Alan Pardew gave the people what they wanted.

It’s hard to give sufficient scale to the disaster of his 4-month spell in the Midlands. Eight successive league defeats wouldn’t do it justice. Nor would a re-telling of his squad’s cataclysmic trip to Barcelona. 

At every turn and in every game, the 56-year-old chipped away at a reputation that was already flagging badly. He is surely finished at the highest level.

Losing the dressing room

If that all sounds too negative, imagine slogging through a relegation fight at the same time. 

That was the unenviable task facing the West Brom squad whose distaste for their manager was relayed in no uncertain terms after his departure.

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“We were told to go out and play but we didn’t really work on how we play that way,” sneered James McClean in midweek.

Chris Brunt was similarly frank, suggesting the team had grown tired to trying to be something they weren’t.

Turning the ship around

After a year of relentless gloom, the Baggies should be nowhere near surviving in the Premier League. 

After seven successive seasons in the top flight, they should have no chance whatsoever of snatching an eighth.

It says much about Darren Moore, then, that the team finds itself with a fighting chance. A hard-fought draw against Swansea has been followed by imperious displays against Liverpool and Manchester United. 

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Against the sides who occupy second and third place in the table, he nabbed four points, before another miracle was landed with a 1-0 victory away at Newcastle.

The squad look invigorated. Ben Foster, speaking after the game at St.James’ Park, was effusive in his praise.

“The results speak for themselves/ Four games, eight points. It’s as simple as that”. Not for Alan Pardew, who managed the same tally despite having four times as many fixtures.

Simplicity the key

The word ‘simple’ is key. Under Moore, there is no danger that the managers’ agenda will be conflated. 

A long-serving player at West Brom, his first concern is the club’s survival. In contrast, Pardew’s motives were always oblique; it was his interests that subsumed all others.

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Despite having no managerial experience, Moore has proven his tactical acuity already, catering West Brom’s system and style to the squad he has available. 

Pardew, with one eye on the criticisms of Tony Pulis’ ossified regime, was intent on imposing a gung-ho system that was ill-suited to his players. 

Choosing to field three forwards in his first game was an act of craven political messaging, the first act in a godawful saga.

Little room for error

Moore is flying, but there remains very little room for error. The likelihood remains that his West Brom side will go down, marooned at the bottom of the table five points behind Swansea in 17th place.

The mere fact that they have a fighting chance, however, is a testament to the 44-year-old’s ability. Even if they do go down, West Brom should do everything to convince him to take the post on a permanent basis. 

It might be too late to save the current campaign but they might have the man to return them to the Premier League at the earliest opportunity.

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