In an exclusive interview with Football FanCast, former Sheffield Wednesday player Carlton Palmer expressed his surprise over his old club’s decision to appoint Darren Moore as manager.
Following Tony Pulis’ sacking at the end of last December, Neil Thompson was given the reins at Hillsborough on a caretaker basis. However, with Wednesday finding themselves in the relegation zone and in a poor run of form, losing their last four Championship fixtures, owner Dejphon Chansiri has decided to act by turning to Moore, who has left Doncaster Rovers to join up with the Owls.
The Yorkshire club are six points adrift from safety after surrendering their 2-0 lead against Luton Town over the weekend, a setback that has clearly prompted Chansiri into making a change. And while Palmer has admitted that he is a fan of Moore, the ex-England international is still shocked by the situation that has developed.
Speaking exclusively to FFC, he said:
“I mean, they’re on 28 points. There’s 14 games to go and they possibly need 22 points to be safe – 42 points to play for. Yeah, you know, I’m surprised he’s [Chansiri] done what he’s done. I mean, I don’t understand the things he’s done really.
“Is it a good appointment? I like Moore, personally, but I have to take personality out of that. I mean, he did a great job at West Brom when he went in there, and I thought he was unfortunate to lose his job. So let’s see, it’s a big club.”
With there still being plenty of points to play for in the remainder of the current Championship campaign, as Palmer alluded to, perhaps Thompson could have turned things around.
Four consecutive defeats, including the recent disappointing collapse away at Luton, however, makes Chansiri’s decision to do something understandable.
Only time will tell, though, whether the correct call has been made, with the massive clash against relegation rivals Rotherham United on Wednesday a great chance for Moore to lay down the marker.