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UNBEATEN: West Brom manager Darren Moore cajoles his players

DARREN MOORE deserves the chance to manage West Brom on a permanent basis, according to one of the top coaches in Europe. Moore, 44, has been a revelation since taking over the reins when manager Alan Pardew was sacked last month after eight straight league defeats.

Moore has already picked up two wins and two draws from his first four games in charge, including a win away to Manchester United, a draw with Liverpool and a win away to Newcastle.

Now Chris Ramsey, Queens Park Rangers’ technical director, is of the opinion that Moore is more than worthy of the permanent manager’s role. Ramsey, one of the most qualified and respected coaches in the game, told the Voice of Sport: “Darren more than deserves his chance. He’s pulled whatever was going wrong round in very, very difficult circumstances.

“In any other situation he would be getting a chance. For me, if he doesn’t get the job, that smacks of something ugly. He’s done well and the players have responded to him. He’s come in and worked hard on the same squad that Alan Pardew had.”

Ramsey, is well placed to give an opinion on Moore’s credentials having been one of the WBA man’s tutors when he took his UEFA A licence course. He was always asking questions and very humble. He showed a good aptitude to be a student of the game.

“He’s been in the system and done his time. He’s young enough to relate to the players, he has a physical presence and a very considerate nature. Darren has as many tools as anybody else and has worked on the development side of the game. Alan Pardew, a seasoned manager, would not have let him work with the first-team if he didn’t think he could do it.”

Football’s grapevine suggests that Moore might not get his chance and could be replaced by a big name foreign manager. “If he doesn’t get the job it doesn’t send out a good message to English coaches," says Ramsey.


RESPECTED: QPR technical director Chris Ramsey

“It means that it doesn’t matter how well you do, the job goes to an exotic name from abroad. If it goes to a big name, as opposed to the man that has proved himself, I don’t think that sends a good message to aspiring black or white coaches.

“Darren has done everything required to prove that he can coach a first team; he needs to be put on the managerial merry go round.He listens to advice which is a strength of his but he has his own mind, he has his own character which is required.

“People like him as a person and a lot of people are willing him to do well."

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