Ex-Reggae Boyz Ace Helps Manchester City Win Premier League Title
Jamaican Moore retains unbeaten record as temporary WBA coach
Darren Moore’s managerial stint, – undefeated in his two matches in charge of strugglers West Bromwich Albion, saw Manchester City crowned Premier League after the Baggies beat Manchester United.
Former Jamaica international Moore, recently handed the duties of caretaker manager following the exit of Baggies boss Alan Pardew, steered his team to a shock 1-0 success at United on Sunday.
And the result meant that it was mathematically impossible for United to catch their rivals City in the chase for the PL title – they lie 16 points ahead with five games remaining.
And Moore, given a tough ask at the club who still sit rock bottom of the PL despite picking up four points in his two games, secured maximum points at second-placed United courtesy of Jay Rodriguez header from Chris Brunt’s corner on 73 minutes.
The 43-year-old represented Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz twice in 1999 and played at club levels for Barnsley, Derby County and Portsmouth as well as making 116 appearances for the Baggies.
He admitted that it had been a bruising season relishes leading out the Baggies for the rest of the campaign in his first taste of management at the top level.
He explained: “I was asked to step in and to lead the team. I want everybody associated with West Bromwich Albion to represent West Bromwich Albion.
“This great club has values, respect and culture. We all buy into it. We’re proud of it and we should be.
“I’m proud for players and staff and way they have acquitted themselves against Manchester United.”
Moore is only the second manager from the CONCAF region to take the helm in the PL and will be aiming to be more successful than former US national coach Bob Bradley was during his brief stint at Swansea before he was sacked.
So far Moore has masterminded a score draw at home to Swansea, followed by the upset at Old Trafford, to bag four points and give the Baggies a glimmer of hope of preserving their PL status
Under Moore the Baggies ended a 10-match winless streak, and he explained: “Everybody has their bit to play. This will never be a one-man show, it will always be us together.
“I want the players to express themselves, show the outside world what good players they are. I’m pleased we managed to show everyone that against United.”
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