Commenting on the Championship promotion battle in his Yorkshire Evening Post column, David Prutton has revealed why he thinks former West Brom manager Darren Moore may have been sacked.
Prutton claimed that there had been huge amounts of annoyance following the sacking of Moore, but helped to explain why he thought West Brom officials had decided to let go of a manager who had shown promising signs during his tenure.
He thought that West Brom had fallen victim to clubs above them overachieving, hinting his sacking was because of external factors, rather than internal.
Here are Prutton’s full quotes.
“There was a lot of annoyance over West Bromwich Albion sacking Darren Moore last month.
“But in some ways I think he was a victim of what’s going on above him in the table. If West Brom had been behind Stoke City, Middlesbrough or Aston Villa – clubs with particularly big budgets – then the board at The Hawthorns might have been more philosophical about his performance.
“Instead, what you’ve got are squads punching well above their weight and outdoing a far more expensive group of players at West Brom.”
Prutton offers a different perspective among the circus of angry comments thrown towards West Brom after Moore’s dismissal. However, the retired midfielder isn’t wrong.
If you look at the way Sheffield United have operated, they haven’t signed many players for large fees with the majority of their business last summer being on free transfers.
Despite that, they’re a well-regimented team and Chris Wilder is a canny operator who knows how to get the best out of what he’s working with.
Although signing Patrick Bamford for a fee that could rise to £10m, Leeds haven’t done too much in the transfer window either. Compared to West Brom whose team is full of Premier League quality players, they’re punching well above the Baggies, even if they are a big club.
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The squad at the Hawthorns is one of the best in the Championship and although they were fourth in the table at the time of Moore’s sacking, Prutton’s comments help to add a bit of reality to the situation.
The Midlands club should easily be competing for the automatic promotion spots. But that isn’t the case with a play-off battle set to be on the cards if they’re to climb back into the Premier League.