Darren Moore has been confirmed as West Brom‘s next permanent manager after an impressive six-game spell as caretaker boss.
As reported by Sportsmail on Thursday, Moore beat off competition from Brentford manager Dean Smith for the job after overseeing a strong end to the season.
And West Brom confirmed the news on Friday afternoon by tweeting out an image of the 44-year-old accompanied by the slogan: ‘We want Moore’.
Darren Moore has been confirmed as the next permanent manager of relegated West Brom
Moore guided the Baggies to three wins and two draws from his six matches in charge after stepping in on an interim basis following Alan Pardew’s dismissal.
That run included wins over Manchester United, Tottenham and Newcastle as Moore helped stave off relegation until the final week of the season to restore some of the Baggies’ pride.
He won the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April and his role in uniting the squad has won over the club’s hierarchy, who were set to appoint Smith.
Moore was awarded Manager of the Month just hours before his side’s relegation was confirmed by Southampton’s win over Swansea later that evening.
Moore led the Baggies to three wins and two draws in their final six matches of the season
‘I am obviously extremely proud to accept this role and also extremely excited,’ Moore told West Brom’s official website following his appointment.
April 7 -West Brom 1-1 Swansea
April 15 – Man United 0-1 West Brom
April 21 – West Brom 2-2 Liverpool
April 28 – Newcastle 0-1 West Brom
May 5 – West Brom 1-0 Tottenham
May 13 – Crystal Palace 2-0 West Brom
‘We have a big summer ahead of us, a lot of hard work we need to get in now. I’m going all out to try to get those plans and personnel in place to make sure we’ve got everything ready.
‘And we need to be because this is a tough league packed with great clubs. But what an opportunity for us to move the club in the right direction.’
He added: ‘We have a team with commitment, drive, passion team. A team that wants to win matches and wants to push this club forward.
‘I want a team that will show togetherness as one and that’s what I’m looking forward to building here at West Brom.’
The 44-year-old was awarded the Premier League Manager of the Month award for April
Moore took charge at The Hawthorns with the club 10 points from safety with six matches remaining after Pardew’s disastrous spell in charge.
His first match in charge saw West Brom draw with Swansea before a 1-0 win at Old Trafford saw United concede the title to rivals Man City.
A late fightback from two goals down against Liverpool followed before wins at home to Tottenham and away at Newcastle. Moore’s unbeaten record was ended with a 2-0 defeat by Crystal Palace on the final day of the season.
The run saw Moore gain the vocal backing of his squad to get the permanent job despite their initial preference for a manager with Championship experience.
Moore’s run saw West Brom secure wins over Manchester United, Tottenham and Newcastle
Chief executive Mark Jenkins and technical consultant Giuliano Terraneo had flown to China this week to discuss options with West Brom owner Guochuan Lai.
Jenkins added on Moore’s appointment: ‘He embodies the spirit of the club and the spirit of what we are striving to achieve in this new chapter ahead.
‘We conducted a thorough process of recruitment but Darren’s powerful impact on the pitch and across all areas of the club established him as the outstanding candidate.
‘We suffered a torrid season but if there was a redeeming feature it was to see Darren at work over those final weeks, galvanising the club and getting everyone positive again.
West Brom under Moore beat United at Old Trafford to hand City the Premier League title
‘We all know we have a challenging summer ahead of us but from talking at length to Darren about his plans, they are challenges he is ready to meet head on.’
Moore is a former West Brom player and made more than 100 appearances for the club across a five-year-spell from 2001 until 2006.
West Brom are preparing for life in the Championship for the first time since 2009-10 after their nine-year spell in the top flight came to an end this campaign.
Their 2017-18 season saw them dismiss Tony Pulis in November and then his replacement Pardew in April en route to the second tier.