Doncaster boss Darren Moore calls on all EFL clubs to examine themselves following tragic demise of Bury

29 Aug

Doncaster manager Darren Moore insists English football must learn from the expulsion of Bury from the EFL.

Moore’s side were due to face the Shakers in a League One clash this weekend, but the fixture will not take place following the tragic events of the past few days.

Despite the efforts of 300 fans to prepare Gigg Lane for the match, Bury were kicked out of Football League after owner Steve Dale failed to sell the club before Tuesday’s 5pm deadline.

Bury now face liquidation following their expulsion from the EFL
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It follows a long period of financial uncertainty in the North West with club employees left unpaid for months, resulting in one player, Stephen Dawson, being forced to sell his house.

“It’s impacting lives and it’s so sad,” former West Brom manager Moore told the Sports Breakfast.

“We hope they can come back at some tier so they can start the rebuilding process.

“They will get back, it’s just a shame it’s had to come to this. This hasn’t happened overnight; this has been years in the making.”

Moore hopes that if anything good can come of the situation, it will be that other EFL clubs take a good look at themselves in light of the events at Bury.

Bolton were similarly on the verge of expulsion before Football Ventures completed a takeover to save the club earlier this week.

Moore added: “We all share in this because football has a due diligence to protect clubs and we all need to do better.

“I hope we can learn from this going forward.

“We’re talking about Bury because they’re the ones in the news, but I think there are a lot of clubs we could look at.

“You hear rumours that a lot more could follow, but I hope it’s the reverse.”

Doncaster Rovers appoint former West Brom boss Darren Moore as their new manager

10 Jul

Darren Moore has been appointed as Doncaster Rovers’ new manager.

Moore replaces Grant McCann, who left to take over at Hull last month.

The 45-year-old has been out of work since being sacked by West Brom in March despite being fourth in the Championship at the time.

Darren Moore was sacked by West Brom in March

Rovers finished sixth in League One last season and lost out to Charlton in the play-off semi-finals.

Moore played more than 80 games for the club in the mid-1990s and was delighted to be back at the club.

He told Doncaster’s website: “It feels really good to be back, having been here before as a player to be back as the manager is an honour for me.

“I’m looking forward to getting to know everybody around the place, the role really appealed to me given the Club Doncaster model currently in place.”

Chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “I’m really pleased to have Darren on board, he was a really strong candidate and I’m confident he’s a really good fit for the club.

“His values match ours, and I’m sure our supporters join the owners and myself in giving him a warm welcome and wishing him well at the club.”

Darren Moore EXCLUSIVE: Race had nothing to do with Brighton sacking Chris Hughton, insists former West Brom boss

14 May

Former West Brom manager Darren Moore has insisted there were no racial connotations in Chris Hughton’s sacking as Brighton boss and his own departure from the Hawthorns.

Hughton was axed by Brighton on Monday, despite keeping the struggling club in the Premier League and taking the Seagulls to the FA Cup semi-finals.

The decision has been widely criticised and was particularly condemned by anti-discrimination campaigners.

Chris Hughton’s four-and-a-half year reign at Brighton has ended, after the Seagulls survived Premier League relegation by two points

Moore was a surprise casualty earlier this season when he was sacked with the Baggies still in contention for promotion. They have gone on to secure a play-off place, although lost the first leg of their semi-final against Aston Villa.

The 45-year-old was sad to see his friend leave the Amex Stadium after bringing the club so much success, but he has strongly denied the suggestion that either of the decisions from West Brom or Brighton had anything to do with the colour of his and Hughton’s skin.

In fact, Moore told talkSPORT he understood the football reasons for both decisions and personally thanked West Brom for giving the opportunity to coach their team.

Darren Moore has told talkSPORT he holds ‘no animosity’ towards West Brom for his departure as head coach

Speaking to talkSPORT Jim White on Tuesday, the coach said: “If you’re looking at myself and Chris, we’re still the same people as when we were offered the jobs, still the same people who these clubs gave the opportunity to manage.

“People may allude towards that [the apparently racial undertones] and I can’t change the mind set of people, all I can do is just speak on behalf of myself and when I got the job I was the same person as I am now.

“It was based on footballing matters and we move forward.

“We were installed in the jobs in the first place and I’d like to think that we’ll get opportunity to carry on being managers elsewhere. We’re both young managers in the game with bright and fresh ideas. We want to bring that somewhere else and have the opportunity at another club to get back into the competitive game, the game we both love and serve so well.

“Listen, Brighton want to go in a different direction and good luck to them, but we can’t take away from the sterling work Chris had done for that football club.

“What a magnificent man, somebody I know personally, I really wish him well and hope he gets back into the game really quickly, because the game needs character like Chris.

“I’m happy with what was done at West Brom and wish them really, really well going forward. There’s no animosity here from me. It’s the end of the chapter there for me but the book is open to write a new chapter and hopefully I can take that somewhere else and I can carry on.

“I’m really pleased of what we achieved. I’m pleased to see where they are and the stability they have, and I played a role in that. I wish them really well.”

Troy Townsend of Kick It Out reacted to the news of Hughton’s sacking by saying efforts to improve black and ethnic minority representation in football management are ‘at worse than square one’.

He told to Daily Telegraph on Monday: “What people don’t understand are the real difficulties for black managers getting through the bottle neck at the top of football. We are talking about measly numbers.”

Nuno Espirito Santo is the only black, Asian, and minority ethnic (BAME) manager in the Premier League. There are none in the Championship after Moore’s departure from West Brom

But Moore says there is ‘ample opportunity’ for BAME managers in the English game.

He added: “Is there opportunity? Absolutely, without a doubt.

“And I would echo that, not just to BAME coaches in the game but for British coaches. There is ample opportunity out there.

“It’s like when we were kids, we’ve all fallen off our bikes but what do you do, do you stay off it? No, you get back on and you learn to ride it better. You get back out there and you learn to do things better as a manager.

“My thing is, ‘come on, let’s continue!’

“I’m really looking forward to what’s ahead, it’s exciting times. We’ll see what the summer holds. Hopefully another door will open for myself and Chris, as with other up- and-coming British managers, to get back on the front line and get competing again.”

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Jimmy Shan: West Brom confirm caretaker manager will remain in charge for rest of season

16 Apr

Caretaker manager Jimmy Shan will remain in charge of West Brom for the remainder of the season, the Championship club have confirmed.

The 40-year-old has overseen four wins in six games since being appointed caretaker when the Baggies sacked Darren Moore last month.

While there was never an official approach, Albion wanted Preston boss Alex Neil but the Scot signed a new three-year deal at Deepdale on Sunday.

Shan said: “I’m happy that we can now move forward with clear planning and direction for the remainder of the season.

“It won’t change the work ethic and application of the players and the staff but it enables us to crack on with a clear target in our sights.

“From a personal point of view there is huge, huge pride to be given the responsibility. For me it is a chance to see the journey through that began at the end of last season.

“I’ve heard it said that with two or three extra games we may have stayed up last season. My aim is to make sure we get those extra games at the end of this season and complete our road back to the Premier League.”

Albion are fourth in the Championship and they remain on course for the play-offs with four games remaining after beating Neil’s Preston 4-1 at The Hawthorns on Saturday.

“Jimmy has fully earned this opportunity to take us through to the end of the campaign,” technical director Luke Dowling told the club’s website.


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“He has earned the support and confidence of the players who have bought into the structural and organisational changes Jimmy has introduced. He has the backing of everyone to push on now and take us forward with momentum.

“Of course he recognises, as do we, that there is space for some more experience to join the coaching group and we expect to be able to clarify this element over the coming days.”

Sam Allardyce has had ‘no contact’ from West Brom over manager job, but hints move ‘may be a possibility’

2 Apr

Sam Allardyce has told talkSPORT he has had NO CONTACT from West Bromwich Albion over becoming their new manager, amid the latest links with a return to coaching.

However, the former England boss admits a move to take over at the Hawthorns is ‘a possibility’.

Sam Allardyce is now favourite to be the next West Brom boss

Big Sam has emerged as a strong favourite to succeed Darren Moore, who was axed on March 9, as the Baggies’ next permanent boss.

Allardyce admits he was surprised by Moore’s departure, given West Brom sit fourth in the Championship table, but has admitted he has received no word from the club over becoming his replacement… yet.

Speaking on Tuesday’s Sports Breakfast, Big Sam said: “Who is it now? West Brom?

“I have had no contact from West Brom, I can assure you that. I don’t know where this has come from.

“I was surprised, with the position they’re in, that Darren lost his job. It’s strange, fourth in the table and pushing for promotion?

Darren Moore was sacked by West Brom earlier this month

“Do I want the job?

“It’s not a question if I want the job, it’s whether the club contact me and my agent, say what the position is, what they want me to do, what they expect me to do and what I think I’m capable of doing for West Brom.

“If it all gets to that stage and if everybody is comfortable with that, it may be a possibility.”

Darren Moore sacked: Adrian Durham launches passionate rant about racial bias and West Brom

12 Mar

talkSPORT host Adrian Durham believes West Brom’s sacking of Darren Moore is an example of subliminal racial bias.

The Baggies, who are currently fourth in the Championship, dismissed Moore on Saturday night – sparking widespread outrage.

Darren Moore was sacked despite an impressive record

The 44-year-old was one of the few high-profile BAME managers in English football, and Durham suggests the decision to sack him carries subconscious racial undertones.

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“I’m not saying anyone involved in making this decision is in any way racist. It’s an issue that deserves deep thinking, not knee-jerk nonsense,” Durham began.

“I believe in their mind’s eye, nobody could picture Darren Moore being so successful at West Brom because there are so few black managers who have been successful – because there are so few black managers in English football.

“All they see is white manager lifting trophies season after season, therefore there is a subliminal unconscious mindset that only white is successful.

“This is going to be a hard thing for a lot of people to take on board, but over the last ten years only two black managers have been successful in terms of promotion.

“Did anyone at West Brom genuinely feel confident in Darren Moore?

“The analysis gets even more damning. The West Brom board’s statement said Moore had ‘failed to achieve consistency of form and results’.

“West Brom have won eight of their last ten away games. How can he be sacked with that run?

“They’re talking rubbish. My opinion was they didn’t want to appoint him in the first place, but he was so good at the end of last season that they had to appoint him.

“So at the first sign of someone moaning, they’ve sacked him, and they could not wait to sack him.

“The West Brom fans had been complaining about Tony Pulis for months and months and months before he was sacked. They lost seven of their last nine games in the 2016/17 season and he still hung on until that November when they were twelve games without a win!

“Alan Pardew came in, didn’t win any of his first eight games and oversaw a relentless charge towards relegation and took his players on a jolly to Spain when they nicked a taxi and got drunk until the early hours.

“There were all sorts of unprofessional allegations under Pardew and he STILL didn’t get the sack after that!

“It took a run of eight defeats on the trot when they were ten points adrift [of safety] with six games left when they finally sacked the hopeless, clueless Alan Pardew.

“And yet this guy, Darren Moore, the guy whose tactical brilliance saw them beat Spurs, win away at Manchester United, get a draw against a Liverpool side that was rampant at the time.

“His side beat Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds 4-1, they won at Norwich, they won at Sheffield United, they put seven past QPR, he’s been sacked after two defeats and a draw!


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“We will never know if West Brom would have got promoted under Darren Moore.

“It took months to sack the two white managers who were laying the foundations for CERTAIN relegation and yet the black manager who won more than half his league games in charge of West Brom is sacked after a run of two defeats and a draw.

“If this isn’t an example of what John Barnes was talking about, I do not know what is.

“It’s the most disgusting sacking of recent times, it’s incredibly damaging to the fight for more respect and opportunity for black coaches and managers in English football and the decision makers at West Brom should be ashamed of themselves.

“The managerial revolving door does apply to everyone, I get that, but it does seem to speed up for black managers, doesn’t it?

“Darren Moore’s sacking is massively, massively out of order.”

West Brom sack head coach Darren Moore following disappointing Ipswich draw

9 Mar

West Brom have sacked head coach Darren Moore, the Championship club have announced.

The move comes within hours of the Baggies’ 1-1 draw against bottom club Ipswich, which further dented their faltering promotion hopes.

West Brom have parted company with Darren Moore

Chief Executive Mark Jenkins told the club’s official website: “This has been an enormously difficult decision for a club which will always hold Darren in such high regard.

“He took over at a very difficult time last season and reunited the club, a contribution that will never be forgotten.”


West Bromwich Albion sign former Crystal Palace forward Bakary Sako

2 Oct

West Brom have strengthened their forward options with the signing of Bakary Sako.

The 30-year-old Mali international has agreed a deal until the end of the current season. He was available as a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace in the summer.

Baggies boss Darren Moore told the club’s official website: “We’re delighted to have Bakary on board.

“From day one he’s shown support to the group. When we’ve been preparing for matches he’s been right behind the squad. Credit to him.

“He’ll bring wealth of experience to the team and a different dimension. He can play both [as a wide player and a central striker].”

Moore is thrilled with the club’s latest acquisition

Sako admitted Moore was a big factor in his decision to make the move to The Hawthorns.

He said: “He played a big part. A lot of Premier League clubs wanted me but as soon as I knew Darren wanted to see me I went to see him straight away and we clicked.

“The way he manages players, the way he talks, he’s passionate and I love that, that’s why I came here.”