Ex-Reggae Boy Moore Remains On Sidelines After Positive COVID-19 Test

Author: Neil-Monticelli Harley-Rüdd

Darren Moore, a former Reggae Boy, remains in discomfort following his positive result for COVID-19 and remains absent from his head coaching role with English Championship strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.

Moore, who represented Jamaica twice in 1999 and 2000 respectively, has been in charge since March with the Yorkshire club on the brink of relegation to League One. The Sheffield Wednesday website (www.swfc.co.uk) has issued a statement about Moore, that reads: “The Owls manager returned to Middlewood Road [training ground] last Monday having completed the requisite isolation period.

“Moore felt fully fit to assume his duties, but experienced discomfort following our home game with Swansea City. Everyone at the club sends their very best wishes to the gaffer for a speedy and full recovery.”

Former defender Moore played over 500 games for a plethora of English teams, moved into management at West Bromwich Albion in 2018, then spent two seasons in charge at Doncaster Rovers before making to the move to Sheffield Wednesday.


The 46-year-old revealed on www.swfc.co.uk: “I’ve developed pneumonia as a result of COVID-19, with blood clots on the lungs and extreme discomfort.

“I’m gutted to be away, but I understand the situation and the course of action I must take.”

The Birmingham-born ex-centre back kicked off his career with Torquay United before stints at Doncaster Rovers, Bradford City, Portsmouth, West Bromwich Albion, Derby County, Barnsley and Burton Albion. He hung up his boots after turning out for non-league outfit Wellington Amateurs in 2012.

He joined WBA as youth team coach and worked his way up to assistant coach before being thrown in at the deep end as caretaker manager in April 2018, after head coach Alan Pardew was fired. Moore landed the accolade of becoming the inaugural Jamaican to manage in the English Premier League (EPL).

WBA were bottom of the table, some 10 points adrift of safety, when Moore took the reins. He made an instant impact, leading the club to an unexpected unbeaten run in April with three wins and two draws to scoop the prestigious Premier League Manager of the Month.

Moore was appointed permanently in May 2018, but he was unable to save the side from EPL relegation. He remit for the following season was to lead WBA back to the top tier. However, he was given the boot in March 2019 despite the club lying fourth in the Championship.

Moore had been in charge of League One highfliers Doncaster Rovers since July 2019, but opted to join Sheffield Wednesday last month. However, he has won just one of his five games at the helm, and has missed vital relegation battles since his positive coronavirus test.

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