Moore expected to be confirmed as West Brom boss

Date published: Friday 18th May 2018 11:14

Darren Moore is expected to be confirmed as the new head coach of West Brom.

Press Association Sport understands the 44-year-old will be given the job on a permanent basis following his impressive spell as caretaker manager towards the end of the season.

Moore steered West Brom to three wins – including victories against Manchester United and Tottenham – and two draws in six Premier League matches, staving off relegation until the last week of the season and restoring some pride back in the club after a miserable campaign both on and off the pitch.

Moore, whose appointment is thought to have been aided by his popularity among the West Brom players, was the recommendation of chief executive Mark Jenkins and technical consultant Giuliano Terraneo when they flew to China this week to discuss the options with owner Guochuan Lai.

Brentford boss Dean Smith was another contender for the job while Michael Appleton, assistant manager at Leicester, is also thought to have been considered.

Moore played for West Brom from 2001 until 2006, twice helping the club win promotion to the Premier League. He will now be charged with repeating that feat while in charge, despite his only previous managerial experience coming as the coach of Albion’s development squad.

One of his first tasks will be to oversee a summer of upheaval at The Hawthorns, with several players expected to leave following the club’s relegation.

The futures of Jonny Evans, Craig Dawson, Gareth McAuley, Nacer Chadli, James Morrison, Jay Rodriguez, Salomon Rondon and Matt Phillips are all uncertain.

West Brom had been in the Premier League since the 2010/11 season and finished 10th in 2016/17 campaign under Tony Pulis. However, Pulis was sacked in November following a run of just two wins in 21 Premier League games.

His replacement Alan Pardew fared no better with only one victory in his 18 league matches in charge and he was sacked in April with Albion on a club-record run of eight successive Premier League defeats and rooted to the bottom of the table.

 

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