Darren Moore was sacked as West Bromwich Albion manager on Saturday evening following the 1-1 draw at home to Championship strugglers Ipswich Town, but it could have been so different if he had made an obvious substitution.
Well, the 44-year-old’s reign at The Hawthorns came to an end at the weekend after the Baggies took just one point from the previous nine available, leaving them nine points adrift of the automatic promotion spots ahead of the latest round of midweek fixtures.
The heavy 4-0 defeat against Leeds United would have been a huge concern for the Albion hierarchy, but you would assume that they would have stuck with their former centre-back for at least another game had he taken all three points against the Tractor Boys.
That scenario looked on the cards when Stefan Johansen gave them the lead in the fourth minute, but following Jon Nolan’s equaliser just after the interval they were unable to find a way through.
Moore switched things up against Town with a lot more freedom handed to some players in a 4-3-3/3-5-2 system, but it actually seemed to affect them negatively as they were unclear where they should be on occasions.
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Given they were 42 minutes plus stoppage-time to find another breakthrough against a team that look destined for League One, it is baffling why the Swansea City loanee remained an unused substitute.
Instead, the 44-year-old boss brought on central midfielders Sam Field and James Morrison instead, while the relatively inexperienced Jonathan Leko also came on the pitch ahead of him.
He has goals – as he showed against QPR last month – in him as well as the ability to inject some pace and creative threat in the final third, and he could have helped West Brom get the three points needed to save Moore – for the time being at least.