Darren Moore Deja Vu: Doncaster Rovers manager linked with yet another Championship club, as Sheffield Wednesday odds shorten

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 19 January 2021, 14:50

Doncaster Rovers fans have been smacked with a case of Deja Vu after their manager Darren Moore emerged as a contender to take charge of a fellow Yorkshire rival.

Moore, who was the favourite for the Barnsley job earlier this season, has now seen his odds cut to 6/1 for the Sheffield Wednesday job.

Supporters have just seen skipper Ben Whiteman move up to the Championship (with Preston), now they’ll be hoping their manager doesn’t do the same...

What’s the story here?

Sheffield Wednesday’s manager search has been pretty fruitless so far. 

They’ve just entered into a fourth week without a gaffer, and with Paul Cook pretty much out of the mix and Vladimir Ivic’s odds starting to drift, it’s anyone's guess who will be unveiled as Tony Pulis’ replacement.

On Monday Moore, who is on a one-year rolling deal, suddenly burst into the mix at 6/1 - cut from 33/1 - which makes him the third favourite for the post.

At the time of writing, there’s nothing substantial to go on apart from his move in the market, although if the Owls are actually keen on making a move for the former West Brom boss it wouldn’t take us by surprise, given the excellent job he’s currently doing at neighbours Donny.

How’s he getting on at Doncaster?

Pretty well.

Moore’s men are currently 4th in League One, with games in hand on their promotion rivals; if they win both of those spare fixtures they would go level on points with leaders Lincoln City.

They are in formidable form, bagging wins in eight of their last 10 games in all competitions, while they have a tasty FA Cup final clash against West Ham to look forward to.

In his first season Moore finished just outside the play-offs in 9th, although if the campaign hadn’t of been curtailed he would have no doubt backed himself to have led his troops into the play-offs.

His ability to not just operate but prosper on a limited budget makes his 18-month progress at the club even more impressive.


Darren Moore is doing an incredible job at Doncaster

Should Doncaster fans be concerned at the link?

On one hand it’s a positive to see your manager linked with other clubs, especially in a division above, as it shows they are doing an impressive job.

There are always going to be envious eyes honed in on a manager who is enjoying a cracking run of form, and this is no different.

A similar scenario occurred earlier on in the season when Moore emerged as the favourite to succeed Gerhard Struber at Barnsley, yet nothing came to fruition.

Many Donny fans will roll their eyes at the latest link, but while you can never rule anything out in the managerial merry-go-round, a tweet from Doncaster reporter Liam Hoden - see below - will surely ease a few nerves, if there were any in the first place.

While Moore will undoubtedly have aspirations of managing in the Championship, it would come as a surprise if he was to suddenly take a shortcut back up to the division with the Owls.

So what next for Sheffield Wednesday?

Ivic shot out of nowhere in the betting last week, The Athletic have since reported that the former Watford boss Vladimir was approached by Sheff Wed.

Considering an inquiry was reportedly made three weeks ago, not a whole lot has happened since. Ivic is believed to be keen on returning to management but has concerns over the short-shelf-life of Owls managers. And that’s coming from an ex-Hornet.

Cook revealed that he had applied for the job in November when Garry Monk was axed, but was overlooked. He’s had contact this time around but told talkSPORT: “now those talks aren’t really ongoing.”

Fans of Cook will still hold hope that there’s another twist, but in truth it doesn’t appear too likely at the moment.

Elsewhere, Neil Thompson has the chance to continue his 100% winning record as caretaker when the Owls take on Carlo Ancelotti’s Everton in the FA Cup this weekend.

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