Why would he not get the job?

Posted by kuailai99 on May 10th, 2018

Why would he not get the job? Darren Moore has turned things around dramatically at West Brom but it is still unclear whether he will be given the job next season. With the help of those who know Moore well, Adam Bate looks at why this is a test case for the prospects of BAME coaches.Find the more Nation news from SHINE.

It would be a bit of a stretch to claim that the appointment of Darren Moore as West Brom's caretaker manager was an opportunity for him. The team were seven points adrift of Stoke let alone safety. This never looked like being a chance to impress. The job was just to get the Baggies through to the end of the season without too much more embarrassment. With three wins and two draws from his five games in charge, he has already picked up more points than his predecessor Alan Pardew. In fact, Moore has overseen as many victories in the last four matches as the team had managed in the previous 42.

West Brom are top of the Premier League form table. No club is on a longer unbeaten run.The fixtures were far from kind. But Moore's side beat Rafa Benitez's Newcastle and he got the better of another Champions League winning coach when he went to Old Trafford and took three points off Jose Mourinho on his own patch - something Arsene Wenger never did manage. Saturday's 1-0 win over Tottenham added Mauricio Pochettino to the list. Everyone agrees that the club is galvanised. "It obviously helps when you go out on the pitch knowing what you're doing," says James McClean. Goalkeeper Ben Foster puts it down to Moore bringing "a lot more unity back" to the team. Others such as Jay Rodriguez and Chris Brunt paint a picture of hard work on the training ground being rewarded. But still there are whispers. Lingering doubts that the man affectionately known as Big Dave by the club's supporters has the ideas that can take West Brom forwards in the long term.

One television pundit even went as far as to suggest that giving the job to Moore would represent "a risk" by the club's owners. But if Moore is a risk then who isn't a risk?This is a key decision for West Bromwich Albion," the club's former striker Kevin Campbell tells Sky Sports. "Let's look at the straight-up facts. The fact of the matter is that if he was doing this job anywhere and he was a white manager then he would be getting the job. I don't know why but for some reason the black managers don't get the job so easily. "I am not 100 per cent convinced they are going to give it to him because there are new owners and they might have their eye on somebody else who is more fashionable. But look at his resume. He has been at that club for a long time and he knows the fabric. The players respond to him and he has got results. What more boxes do you need ticking?

" It is a fair question. Moore might be a folk hero at the Hawthorns but he is not some cheerleader on the touchline. This is a man who completed his UEFA Pro Licence while still playing professionally back in 2012, which is more than the current England boss Gareth Southgate had done before getting his first opportunity in management. Moore is qualified.Linvoy Primus has followed his progress for years. Team-mates at Portsmouth, they founded the charity Faith and Football together. He has seen up close just how much work has gone into becoming an overnight sensation.

"The results are a surprise, of course they are, but it is no surprise that he has done the job well," Primus tells Sky Sports. "This is what he has wanted to do since before he retired. He was preparing for this when he used to coach a local youth team in our Portsmouth days. It was all part of the learning process. If people knew the work that he has done leading up to this, they would know that he has left no stone unturned to ensure he is qualified enough and experienced enough.

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