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Darren Moore deserves his chance

HANDS UP: Darren Moore has been settling into his role

WEST BROM boss Darren Moore is already becoming familiar with the famed Championship rollercoaster.

Moore saw his team beaten at home by Bolton on the season’s opening day and just two weeks later his Baggies trounced hapless Queens Park Rangers 7-1.

No doubt there’ll be more ups and downs but the WBA leader is prepared, wiling and able.

As one of a handful of black managers in the English professional game, Moore deserves his chance.

He conducted one of the most impressive auditions that you could ask for of the final seven games of last season, uniting a fractious club, winning more points than anyone expected and taking a side that had looked dead and buried to the point where the funeral directors were almost appointed.

With the Premier League Manager of the Month award to stick proudly on his CV, he could hardly have produced more compelling credentials when it came to making a permanent appointment ahead of the 2018-19 campaign.

Moore told the club’s matchday programme: “I was delighted to be given the opportunity to do the head coach’s job full-time after the spell we had at the end of last season.

“It’s a good feeling, all the more so because it is a fantastic club that I’ve been associated with for so long that has given me the opportunity to take on such an important role. I couldn’t be more pleased.”

Moore, 44, played for the club some 104 times between 2001 – 2006, so understands the expectancy at the Hawthorns.

He added: “It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, you can’t sugar-coat being relegated. It’s painful. “It was frustrating because we just ran out of games. We had the momentum, no question, another two or three games and we would have got ourselves clear, I’ve got no doubts about that, but right from the outset, the one thing that was against us was time, it was always running out on us.

ENCOURAGING
“What was encouraging was the way that everybody in the dressing room, the staff, the football club, the supporters all pulled together and tried to make something incredible happen.

“We had a real go at it and that gives us something to build on this season. “We are in the Championship once again, and if anything, we will need that togetherness, that self belief, even more than we did in those last few weeks of last season.

“That is the task. It’s more important than ever before because the mentality with which we approach it all is going to be key.

“Managing it all from a mental aspect, that will be central to our chances of a successful season and we have to pick up from where we left off.”

And the win against QPR is proof that Moore’s team are doing exactly that.

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