Sheffield Wednesday have finally appointed a new manager.
In a surprise move to kickstart the month of March, Owls chairman Dejphon Chansiri snatched Darren Moore from the grasp of local League One promotion chasers Doncaster Rovers.
And he’ll be in place for The Owls’ crucial crunch match against relegation rivals Rotherham United on Wednesday night.
The 46-year-old replaces interim coach Neil Thompson, who remains as part of the first-team coaching set-up.
Speaking during his unveiling press confernece, Moore revealed his intentions for the south Yorkshire giants.
“Let’s hope that the Sheffield Wednesday fans can see a team that they’re really proud of, that’s playing really attacking, front-foot football in a real aggressive style and real attacking emphasis on opponents.”
Indeed, that is what the former West Brom manager will bring to Hillsborough – only two teams have scored more goals in the third division than Donny (47).
Those goals have been spread around too, with seven players finding the net three or more times this term.
Moore’s Rovers side had also been averaging more shots per game (12.9) than the faltering Owls (8.7), so fans should certainly be glad that there will be some sort of fresh attacking impetus from here on out.
This should also be of huge encouragement to Chelsea loanee Izzy Brown, who has struggled for game time this season, having started only four Championship outings.
For all 28 matches in charge of Doncaster, Moore deployed a 4-2-3-1 formation, which sees a no.10 in operation – something that has been rarely utilised by Garry Monk, Tony Pulis and Thompson, which is a surprise given the wealth of options in the aforementioned role.
Brown, when given a proper run of matches, can be quite the creative influence as seen during his loan spell at league rivals Luton Town last season. He averaged 2.1 key passes per game, via WhoScored.
Such numbers would see him rank first for that attribute in the current Owls squad as only skipper Barry Bannan (1.7 per game) has managed over one key pass per game this season.
“His stats last year showed that until his injury (a hamstring injury sustained while on loan with Luton), he was one of the most creative players in the league and he added assists and goals along the way as well,” said former teammate, Mark Hudson to The Athletic.
Even with a lack of game-time, Brown currently sits joint-third, so surely he can be the big winner from the appointment of Moore as he could be the man to play the ‘Taylor Richards’ role – he’s scored five and assisted four for Doncaster, whilst also managing 1.1 key passes per outing this term.
The £1.98m-rated attacker, who earns a reported £26k-per-week, has previously been lauded as a “match-winner” and a “great kid” who is “so creative” yet a mix of injuries and the system have halted his opportunities at Hillsborough.
So, his time may finally come now that the Owls have appointed a progressive and attack-minded coach in Moore.
Don’t be surprised if Brown refinds that Luton form in the coming months.
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