Sheffield Wednesday are still manager-less as the hunt for the next Owls boss rumbles into a new month, but one name has emerged as a potential candidate in recent days…
According to the Daily Mail, Darren Moore has emerged as a contender for the vacant managerial role at Hillsborough Stadium as he has impressed in his spells in charge of West Brom and now Doncaster Rovers.
And his current experience in League One bodes well if the Yorkshire outfit are potentially relegated from the Championship this term.
The 46-year-old has refused to rule out the speculation too, he told reporters:
“Honestly, I know a lot of people are speaking about it, but tonight, my focus is on the game and Doncaster Rovers – and that’s what it’ll remain until the next one.”
Wednesday are in a good run of form under interim boss Neil Thompson after they advanced into the FA Cup fourth round last time out, making it four games unbeaten in all competitions.
However, that shouldn’t stop chairman Dejphon Chansiri from appointing a long-term and permanent successor to Tony Pulis as they still remain deep in the relegation mire.
Indeed, the Owls are still six points from safety at the half-way stage of the season, so there’s ton of work still to be done to keep them up this season.
Moore makes for a very intriguing option – as mentioned above, he’s done a pretty respectable job thus far in his managerial career.
The one-time Premier League Manager of the Month was surprisingly sacked from the Baggies after leading them to fourth place in the Championship following a fatal relegation from the top-flight.
Even in the big time, he steered Albion to an unbeaten April, which included a 1-0 win over Manchester United, though ultimately the damage was already done under Pulis and then Alan Pardew.
Now down the road at the Keepmoat Stadium, Moore has continued to thrive in the face of disappointment, steering Rovers to fourth-place and according to the Mail’s report, he has managed 1.84 points-per-game in the past calendar year, which isn’t too far behind Liverpool’s 2.2 or Man City’s 2.06.
Upon his arrival, Sheffield Star reporter Liam Holden claimed the League One outfit had hired a “manager with an unbelievable amount of genuine passion.”
However, most interestingly, Moore’s appointment would provide something that Hillsborough has very rarely ever seen, if at all, and that would be a manager used to giving youngsters a chance to succeed in the first-team set-up.
At West Brom, he was a respected youth coach and has continued that trend for Doncaster – their latest XI had an average age of just 24.5 years compared to Wednesday’s 27.3 years in their last league outing.
Moore has helped Premier League youngsters like Cameron John, Josh Sims and Tyreece John-Jules get valuable minutes, so the likes of Liam Shaw and Alex Hunt would surely benefit as they are the two young players currently starting for the Owls.
Over the years, we’ve seen very few names, if any, make it from the Wednesday academy to first-team stardom and that’s something the former Albion man could help rectify.
So forget Thompson, Chansiri must hire Moore as soon as possible to bring a breath of fresh air to Wednesday.
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