Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore new favourite for Barnsley job

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 08 October 2020, 08:48

Doncaster Rovers manager Darren Moore has emerged as the new favourite to replace Gerhard Struber at Barnsley.

Struber vacated the Championship post on Tuesday after he jetted over the other side of the pond in order to take charge of the New York Red Bulls.

Hannes Wolf and Eddie Howe swiftly emerged as the early frontrunners in the next Barnsley manager market, with the likes of caretaker boss Adam Murray, Danny Cowley and Paul Cook also in contention for the position.

Now, a new yet familiar name has been catapulted to the summit of the betting in Moore, a former Tykes defender who made 73 appearances for the club over the course of two years between 2008 and 2010. 

Moore has been in charge of Doncaster since July 2019. Last season the club finished 9th in League One, six points outside of the play-offs.

Moore’s men are currently fifth in the table, with the boss nominated for September’s third-tier Manager of the Month award after bagging seven points from his opening three league matches.

If Barnsley are interested in their former defender - who was cut from a 20/1 outsider to the 3/1 favourite on Wednesday - it could prove to be a difficult task in prizing him away from their Yorkshire rivals, but not out of the question given his association with the club.

The chance to test himself in the Championship once again would no doubt appeal to Moore, who previously managed in the division during the 2018/19 season.

After all, he has unfinished business in the second-tier. He had been on course to lead West Brom into the play-offs, but was surprisingly sacked in March (2019) when the club were 4th in the table.

When he was first-team coach at West Brom, Moore was previously linked with Barnsley after Paul Heckingbottom left for Leeds in February 2018. 

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Darren Moore previously played for Barnsley

A move never materialised, but then a couple of months later Moore was propelled into the managerial spotlight when he was placed in caretaker charge of West Brom after they axed Alan Pardew following a run of eight straight defeats which had left the club marooned at the foot of the Premier League table; 10 points from safety with just six games remaining.

Moore instantly transformed the Baggies, carved out shock wins over Man Utd and Newcastle during an unbeaten April, then stunned Tottenham in May. Despite accumulating an impressive 11 points from just six matches, West Brom lost their top-flight status, however Moore’s impact saw him named permanent manager.

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