Did Darren Moore deserve to be sacked by West Brom?

by Rajan Hothi / 12 March 2019, 08:18

Following West Brom's uninspiring 1-1 draw with bottom of the table Ipswich, Darren Moore was relieved of his duties at West Brom.

Moore leaves the Baggies in a healthy position, sitting in fourth spot in the Championship and comfortably in the play-off places. However, despite this, he has been sacked, but was his dismissal justified?

On the face of it, the sacking looks very unfair on the club legend. Albion are chasing promotion and are nine points adrift from Leeds United - who occupy the final automatic promotion spot in the division.

The Baggies have the second best away record in the Championship, picking up 33 points from a possible 48.

With the club needing stability after their relegation from the top-flight, Moore has supplied this and has brought back the belief in the club from the fans who were driven to apathy under the previous management of Tony Pulis and Alan Pardew who were both causing turmoil at the club.

Compared to the other relegated sides, Swansea City and rivals Stoke City, West Brom are performing admirably. Swansea and Stoke are currently both lingering in mid-table and the Potters have proved that by sacking your manager, success is not a guarantee despite how good the squad might be.

 

Despite recent derby wins away at Stoke and Aston Villa, the form of late hasn't been great. Back-to-back defeats to promotion-rivals Sheffield United and Leeds United has seen West Brom's automatic promotion charge come to a halt and Saturday's draw to Ipswich ended up being the straw that broke the camel's back.

With the business end of the season fast approaching, it's fundamental that promotion-chasing sides do not start to fade away and that's perhaps the fear the West Brom board had.

With Albion previously being one point adrift of the top two after their dramatic win at QPR in mid-February, to now be nine points behind second-place Leeds is a big concern.

Sheffield United, Leeds United and Norwich City are all starting to hit form now and West Brom have done quite the opposite. But to sack a man who has done so much for the club before the season ends, and not even give him time to seek success in the play-offs, has proved to be a bitter pill for some Baggies fans to swallow who think the 44-year-old should've been treated better by the club he has given so much of his footballing career to.

 

Home form has also been a big issue for West Brom who have only managed to win seven of their 18 home league games this season.

The poor home form has left many fans perplexed at how they can perform well away but struggle in front of their own fans. The Baggies have failed to win any of their last six home games in all competitions which has made the home faithful a little restless with the poor performances that have been greeting them at home.

Football is a results game business and for a majority of the season, Darren Moore has been supplying the results.

While the recent slump in form is a cause for concern, it looks to be a bit of a kneejerk reaction. Especially considering West Brom needed stability in their first season back in the Championship and that's exactly what they got. Alongside the chance of promotion, Moore should have been expecting to have the backing of the board but instead, he has been shown the door.

Some would say it's justified as the wheels were starting to fall off, others think it's madness considering the plight of the other relegated sides.

With Slavisa Jokanovic being tipped to become the next West Brom manager, it will be interesting to see how the rest of the campaign plays out for the Baggies. Jokanovic spearheaded Fulham to play-off glory last season but if given the job, will he be able to repeat the feat again?

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